Meet the Team: QLer Chris McAvoy

Welcome Chris McAvoy, the new VP of Engineering at Quick Left. He has a long history of creating great engineering teams and promoting open source technologies and practices. Prior to Quick Left, Chris had worked as the VP of Technology at Threadless, the Director of Technology at the Mozilla Foundation, the Director of Technology at the Badge Alliance, and CTO of Earshot Inc, a Chicago based social media startup. Chris created the Chicago Python Users Group, brought the Awesome Foundation to Chicago and has been a Techstars mentor. He is also rumored to have done standup comedy, although we will believe it when we see it! Chris recently moved to Boulder with his wife, son and three cats.


1. Q. What is your favorite thing to eat?

A. Bread. I love bread. Especially toast with peanut butter.

2. Q. What is one of your favorite quotes?

A. “But what?! Everyone I know has a big but. ” – Pee Wee Herman.

3. Q. If you were to star in a reality TV Show, what would it be called?

A. Watch Chris do fun stuff!

4. Q. What is your favorite form of exercise?

A. Jogging

5. Q. Favorite gif?


A funny gif

6. Q. Favorite place in all the world? Why?

A. Wherever my wife and son are. Hopefully they’re on a beach.

7. Q. If you could give your 10-year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

A. Learn a foreign language kid!

8. Q. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

A. None, but people love to ask me for directions. I guess I have a trustworthy (though not famous looking) face.

9. Q. The best part of waking up is…?

A. Petting cats.

10. Q. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be? Why?

A. Isham Randolph, the chief engineer on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal. It was the canal that reversed the flow of the Chicago River. I love software, but I’m fascinated by turn of the century civics works projects. Also, I’m the self proclaimed Isham Randolph biographer. I’d love to understand how he managed such an enormous project, and managed to grow such a fine beard.