Lee Jaster

Web Developer

@life

Lee calls the piney woods of East Texas home. Growing up in a border town, Texarkana, TX, he routinely drove down “State Line” between Texas and Arkansas.  “It’s funny how each section in Texas (and the south) has it’s own particular culture. The accents are more ‘wine’ than ‘twang’ in East Texas, the culture more like Arkansas than El Paso. Put another way, I grew up straddling a state line, and finally went deep into the heart of Texas – Austin. I’ve never had much interest in living in a massive city (New York, LA, Chicago) but I needed a little more stimulation than what a quiet Texas town had to offer. Austin is the biggest small town in Texas. There’s plenty to do, new people to meet, but you never feel like a number,” Lee explains. He particularly enjoys Austin becoming a “foodie” town, filled with micro-brews, co-ops, and new ideas about business and culture. “Did I mention music? Yes, it’s the reason I chose Austin as my first stop into adulthood, and I’ve yet to leave the station. Life for me comes in waves. There’s down time at home – cooking delicious organic and local meals, writing songs, and watching a documentary. Then there’s playing midnight shows at Saxon Pub, volunteering at Springdale Farms, and managing my band, The Bible Salesmen. It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n roll, and a whole lot of Netflix.”

What cause are you passionate about?
Organic farming, food sustainability, and animal-cruelty are causes that I am most passionate about.

What did you want to be when you grew up? What happened?
When I was about 12, I wanted to be Steven Spielberg, but after learning to play guitar… the stage changed. I’d say the dream of rock’n roll stardom will always be a part of my life, but making great music and collaborating with people turned out to be the real dream. Being a gigging musician in Austin, TX is a dream come true. Also, I distinctly remember looking for my first job out of college and thinking, “I’d love to help non-profits and charities with their websites.” No kidding.

I suppose I’m 2/2. #luckyguy

If someone made a movie of your life, what genre would it be: drama, comedy, action, or science fiction? Why?
Dram-edy? Is that cheating? There’d be some laughs in there, but it’s a story about personal growth and challenges for a shy, introverted, and artistic teenager turning his inner-world into his real life outer-world.

Dram-edy, see what I mean?

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I’d rent out several recording studios for two months; hang out, make music, and then make my own recording studio with my favorite equipment.

What do you think is the best invention in your lifetime?
Without a doubt, the most impactful invention has to be the iPhone – yes, even topping the internet! It absolutely changed how everyone travels, works, and gets their information. (Remember maps, asking for directions, and reading the daily newspaper?)

@work

Lee graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Philosophy degree (yes, everyone asked what he was doing to do with a Philosophy degree) and has worked in the tech field ever since. Austin has grown and changed drastically in just a few short years, becoming a hub for tech start-ups and entrepreneurship. Working his way up from writing articles about movies, to basic web management, and finally learning how to write code and develop on a business scale has been quite the journey for Lee. Soon after developing his skills, Lee found out how powerful a tool writing code can be. The focus shifted to making those skills matter. After working for a law firm helping those battling injuries from drugs and medical devices; Lee saw the impact that 1s and 0s make in someone’s life. Now, Lee brings that same passion for code, learning, and making an impact to Charity Dynamics every day.

P.S.: Lee uses his Philosophy degree constantly, or never – depending on how you look at it.