Ooqio - About Us

The Why

Work in Corporate America for any length of time and you are bound to come across THAT person. You know the one. That guy running his ebay business selling crossbows and trebuchets from his desk. The lady with political shrines erected in the corner of her cube. The fellow who can never seem to answer their phone when they are on-call. Or the good old combative, uncooperative, somewhat demeaning consultant who somehow moves from place to place spreading their special brand of discontent. All these people make you wonder “How the heck did they get hired?” (Note: The above represent actual examples.)

Then there are the unsung heroes. The lifelong friends that you just so happen to meet at work. The confidantes. Allies. Comrades in arms.The platonic work spouses. The carpool buddies. The people you know you can count on when the chips are down, that maybe have a hard time selling themselves in the interview process or just never quite seem to get the credit they deserve. The people that make your 9 to 5 (or more) somehow bearable.

In this day and age, everyone is scared of references, good or bad. HR departments can’t be relied on to offer anything more than confirmation of employment. No one has the time or energy to write long, heartfelt, rave reviews of their favorite people. And absolutely everyone is scared to death of telling the truth about THAT person. Not only isn’t there an appropriate venue for doing so, but fears of retribution or lawsuits perpetuate silence. Interviews are just a few hours. How can you really know what its going to be like to spend 40+ hours a week with this person?

Enter ooqio. Only one question. Seeking to address this very problem with real, simple, anonymous peer reviews. Here’s your chance to be heard.

The Who

Who? Us? Well, since you asked. We are just a couple IT professionals with 30+ years combined experience, first in the trenches then as managers, struggling to hire quality people, and grappling with avoiding the pitfalls of “problem employees”. One day over a steamy bowl of lunchtime pho, we decided there had to be a better way. So with our entrepreneurial streak we decided to create one.

Christian Booth

Christian Booth

Title: CEO

Ooqio Score: 99%

Known As: The Story Teller

Favorite Quote: "Little by little one travels far." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Heroes: Walt Disney, Steve Caballero, JK Rowling

If you were a super-hero who would you be? NightWing

Interests/Hobbies: Video game design, hanging with my kids, reading a great book, snowboarding, skateboarding, and afternoon naps.

Jeremy Eastburn

Jeremy Eastburn

Title: Director of Engineering

Ooqio Score: 99%

Favorite Quote: "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." - Homer Simpson

Interests/Hobbies: Golf, mountain biking, road cycling, time with family.

Tami Brehse

Tami Brehse

Title: Director of Marketing

Ooqio Score: 98%

Favorite Quote: "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough."

Heroes: Nora Ephron, E.B. White, Michael Scott from the Office

If you were a super-hero who would you be? The Phantom Wino

Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, yoga, kayaking, chasing my pitbull around the dog park