We love writing about our product, features, and enhancements, and, of course, anything and everything technology, digital, AI, brands, and sports. But, we don’t talk or write much about the people behind the cutting edge and innovative work we’re doing at Blinkfire Analytics. This Meet the Team series takes you inside our Chicago, Valencia, and Dallas offices to “meet” the great team we’ve built — who just so happens to be creating super cool technology and working with some of the biggest brands, teams, and leagues in the world.
Meet the Team: Johnny Kutnowski
A little about yourself?
Born and raised in Israel, moved to Spain when I was 13. Argentinian family of Polish descent — quite a mix!
What do you do at Blinkfire Analytics?
Product Manager – Emerging Products and Esports, as well as design/frontend supervision.
Most challenging part of your job?
Trying to always look at things with a fresh set of eyes, especially from the customer point of view.
Most rewarding / exciting part of your job?
Coming up with a new platform feature while in bed, and seeing it live a couple of weeks later.
What advice would you have for your younger self?
If there’s one thing you’ll always need, it’s empathy. Put yourself in the place of who’s on the other side of the conversation. Don’t avoid being direct, but be considerate.
Most unique thing about Blinkfire (culturally, innovation-wise, industry-wise, etc.)?
We’re ahead of the curve, but also quick to react to changes. I think that’s one of our core strengths.
Qualities about Blinkfire and the team that made you want to work here?
Came for the product/project, stayed for the team! Speaking to people about our product and seeing their faces is awesome, but what makes it all better is working with my colleagues.
How many languages do you speak?
Three: Hebrew, English, and Spanish. Working on my Japanese.
Name a person, living or dead, you’d like to have a drink with?
Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Favorite sport and athlete?
Esports, FTW! (Overwatch, specifically).
Harry Potter Series.
Probably Back to the Future I.
If you could have a super power, which one would you have?
Teleportation — I hate waiting to get somewhere.
Hobbies / interests outside of Blinkfire?
Cooking, drumming, esports and videogames.
TV show you’re currently watching?
The Handmaid’s Tale while re-watching Friends/Seinfeld eternally.
Lebron or Jordan?
Messi or Ronaldo?
Favorite sports jersey?
Japan’s national team jersey of the WC2018.
What was your first job?
I designed flyers, menus, and even some websites for pennies when I was 15. It was a great experience!
If you could be sponsored by one brand, which one would it be?
Tesla. Gimme a car and a flamethrower and I’m done.