Working Geek: With $10M in new cash, LiveStories CTO Eric Dillon is ready to take the civic data startup to the next level

Working Geek: With $10M in new cash, LiveStories CTO Eric Dillon is ready to take the civic data startup to the next level 1024 683 C-Suite Network
Eric Dillon is LiveStories’ technology chief. (LiveStories Photo)

As Chief Technology Officer of LiveStories, Eric Dillon has spent that last two years deeply immersed in code so that government agencies don’t have to be.

LiveStories is a platform that helps public organizations manage and visualize their data ” in one place, on one platform, with no coding required,” according to CEO Adnan Mahmud.

“I have been very hands on with the code and have put my touches throughout the stack here: DevOps, data ingestion, UI, backend, you name it,” said Dillon. “I won’t feel shy about diving into somebody else’s code either. Currently though, my focus is on the next phase of growth for LiveStories.”

Eric Dillon.

Earlier this month, LiveStories closed a $10 million investment round, led by Ignition Partners.

“The team is growing,” Dillon said. “The product will expand. The stakes are higher. So, my role is transitioning to more of a strategic role and less of a hands-on developer. These transitions as a startup matures are extremely rewarding to me.”

Dillon grew up in France and moved to Seattle right out of college, taking a job offer at Boeing. From there, he worked for a series of startups and telecom companies before landing at LiveStories.

We caught up with Dillon for this Working Geek, a regular GeekWire feature. Continue reading for his answers to our questionnaire.

Current Location: “Downtown Seattle”

Computer types: “MacBook Pro”

Mobile devices: “iPhone 6s”

Favorite apps, cloud services, and software tools: “iPhone’s weather app (every morning), Google Calendar and Google Maps and reluctantly Slack (which I hate, but can’t seem to get away from).”

Describe your workspace. Why does it work for you? “We’ve outgrown our current office space, so my current workspace is tight. My ideal workspace, though, is open, surrounded by my co-workers and has a nice open view of the water. To me ‘open view’ leads to ‘open mind.’”

Dillon’s workspace at LiveStories.

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