The Insider: Harry Heymann
According to Foursquare’s lead engineer Harry Heymann—Harry H., if you’re in the know—he’s about the least fashion-y person in the world. But that hasn’t stopped him from being a way gung-ho Of a Kind supporter since day one (well, before that, even, but that’s how the saying goes). So where does his head go when he’s not in the land of mayorships and badges? NFL fan fiction, business comic books, and Bill Murray—obviously. —carlye wisel
Q: What’s the last great thing you discovered online?
A: The NFL subreddit. You’ve never seen a dorkier collection of football fans. They make bets where the loser has to write fanfic about the opposing team. It’s hilarious.
Q: What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made with your own two hands?
A: Have you seen my hands? They’re so soft! All I do for a living is type and talk. I couldn’t be prouder of the engineering team we’ve built at Foursquare. I know that’s not really answering your question, but the fact that I get to work with so many smart, talented, and creative programmers every day is something I’m very proud of.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Let’s be charitable and call it basic. Jeans and T-shirts; a sweater if it’s cold. I don’t really like to think too hard before I’ve been awake for at least an hour—so putting together an outfit isn’t really something I do. Just recently, I’ve been trying to buy at least a couple new things every season and that’s kind of working.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing on your bookshelf?
A: The comic book version of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, a business book recommended by one of my mentors. Apparently I wasn’t paying attention when using Amazon, and I bought the wrong version.
Q: If you could go on a cross-country road trip with three people, dead or alive, who would you pick? Why?
A: A cross-country trip takes an awfully long time, so I’m going to lean in the direction of people who would be fun to chat with about whatever for hours on end. Let’s go with Louis C.K., Michael Bloomberg, and Bill Murray. They’re all New Yorkers, so that should be enough common ground to get us started. No dead people because who wants to share a car with a zombie?
Q: Do you own any Of a Kind editions? A: I don’t own anything myself, by I did buy the Pyrite Pyramid Necklace from Sophie Monet as a present for my girlfriend, Alice. She loves it!
Q: What’s one TED talk that doesn’t exist yet that you wish you could listen to?
A: The one about how TED is an elitist, self-indulgent, rich-person club that we’d all be better off without? I’m not really a fan…
Q: Who is your ultimate, #1 favorite person on Twitter?
A: This one changes a lot, but right now? @TheStalwart—he’s taken it to a whole new level recently.
Q: What’s your best life hack?
A: The only real hack that works for me is to try really hard to emotionally connect with how hard you work, not what you accomplish. It’s the only way I know to get over the fear of failing.