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Q&A with Charlie Cruzan from Expo

Tom Riglar

Having recently become an Expo trusted consultancy, we wanted to learn more about Expo and the people that work there.


Tue Mar 10 2020 - 3 min read

Having recently become an Expo trusted consultancy, we wanted to learn more about Expo and the people that work there.

In this blog post, Morrow CTO Charles Killer chats with Expo core member Charlie Cruzan about tech, remote working and the future for Expo.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name’s Charlie Cruzan, I get to work on Expo (we provide software and services for making amazing apps across android, iOS, and web). I mostly focus on customer support, and just trying to make people using Expo as happy as possible.

What’s the best thing about working for Expo?

Honestly, so many things, and I’m not just saying that because they pay me. I get to work with and learn from some really amazing (and genuinely kind) people, who are all so willing to jump in and help whenever I’ve asked.

And Expo’s given me the chance to do so many different things in my role (things like personalized customer support, writing, engineering, relationship management, even some marketing here and there) so I’m never bored and always challenged, and I love that.

What’s the least good thing about working for Expo?

I work remote, so that comes with its own host of pros and cons. The main drawback is that I don’t get to see everyone and be in the office as much, but I do fly out to San Francisco every couple of weeks.

(Overall I’m a HUGE fan of working remote, though. Could probably talk your ear off about it)

What advice would you give to junior developers?

Since I would probably classify myself as a junior dev, my first piece of advice is don’t take my advice too seriously! I think good advice for anyone, no matter your level of skill, is to embrace & love the process of learning.

It’s a lot easier to get better at something if you genuinely enjoy learning about it, and are okay being bad at it for a time. Eventually, the better you get, the more you enjoy it, and the snowball effect takes over from there.

Expo’s website is a treasure trove of developer resources

What is your favourite open source project?

Going to have to go with the obvious choice on this one — Expo

Do you have any productivity hacks?

Working remote, I’ve learned that having the right environment is really important. Without an office to go to, it was important to set up a dedicated space that I really like to be in, and whenever I’m there my mind just settles in.

Other than that, I have some habits that I used in school for studying that help get me in the zone, like drinking (arguably too much) maté :)

What are you excited about for 2020?

We’ve got so much planned for 2020, that it’s actually really hard to choose. For Expo, I’m really excited for SDK 37 because that’s going to bring one of our core services, Over The Air updates, to the bare workflow.

Meaning anyone building apps with react native will be able to take advantage of the power and lightning-fast iteration time of being able to make changes to your app without shipping a whole new binary.

For myself, I’m really excited to go to the App.js conference in Krakow. Besides seeing some of our awesome team members from Software Mansion, it’ll be really nice to meet and talk with Expo users face-to-face, rather than through a screen!

Thanks to Charlie for sharing his thoughts with us! You can find out more about the Expo team on their about page.

Morrow are trusted Expo consultants and we use our expertise every day to increase development speed and reliability in our clients’ app. If you would like to find out more about how we can improve your app, please reach out.

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