Tech people aren’t always seen as great writers or communicators. But they’re also not folks who’ve been trained as nuclear chemists, either. Nathan Kontny is both.
The CEO of customer-relationship management company Highrise, Kontny is a founder whose career has followed a somewhat unconventional path. Trained as a nuclear chemist, he snagged a summer job in an uranium processing plant, a place where staffers passed through geiger counters and carried gas masks at all times and where Kontny once had to don an acid-proof suit.
When he broke his ankle that summer, everything changed. The lab kept him in a trailer away from experiments and the rest of the plant to ensure his cast wouldn’t get contaminated by uranium. He spent the rest of his internship working on a computer, doing programming tasks. And while this shift might have been heartbreaking for a different biochem major, Kontny realized something he may not have otherwise: He loved the control and problem solving of programming much more than chemical engineering.
Writer: Linda Lacina