Joe Longo

Occupation:  VP Professional Services, MetricStream

First Car: It was actually a bicycle: "Borsari Bicycles" - he was an Olympic gold medalist. But my first car that wasn't a bicycle was a British Morris 1100

Favorite Restaurant: Kabab Hut, Pune India
Awesome spicy dishes derived from Afghanistan nomads

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). At the age of 14, I joined the “Victorian UFO Research Society”. Never saw a real UFO, so I’ve let that membership expire. 

b). While dining at a McDonald’s in Stockholm, I shared a table with a woman who claimed to have once met Mick Jagger. She’s typical of the sort of people you’re likely to meet at McDonald’s in Sweden. 

c). My birthday fell on May 10th.  In 1994, on May 10th, El Paso Texas witnessed an annular eclipse of the Sun.  Coincidence?

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

When I was an undergrad at college, I took a year off to travel around Europe. I hitched-hiked through most of the Western European countries, often having to sleep outside.  I loved it!

What's your best childhood memory?

The day my dad bought me a toy bow-and-arrow set.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Too many to choose from, but Galileo or DaVinci would be awesome picks.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Physically, the hardest thing I’ve ever done was ride up Mount Diablo: 10 miles, approximately 4,000 feet of vertical climb.  I’ve never, ever, been so physically drained.  I had nothing left.  It was a great feeling.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Astronomy. The Andromeda Galaxy is over 2.1 million light years away.  I can view it through my back-yard telescope.  The light coming from Andromeda passes through the scope and enters my eye.  That light has been traveling through space for over 2 million years.  This is no joke, nor an exaggeration.  I don’t think I can ever get used to the awe of it.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

My current book: “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell.

My favorite book: “The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life” by Paul Davies. It explains a lot, including the working of DNA in language a layman can follow.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece and the Pyramids in Egypt. I’ve never made it to those locations yet - they’re a must-see.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

“Schools for Humanity” - a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools for the advancement and learning of the world’s underprivileged children.
A brilliant, long lasting cause that will pay back many times over.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d still be writing ‘C’ code for Unix and derivatives.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Originally, I was a C/Unix developer. Someone disliked me enough to put an end to my fun, and promoted me to a management role.  I then moved from Engineering to “Engineering Services”.  I found I loved servicing customers even more than developing the products.  I then moved to Professional Services with a startup, and never looked back.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Read our book: ‘100 Tips from the Trenches’.  Honest! It’s a starter kit for PS people.