Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Andrew Edelson

How did you get to gap?

After about five months of job searching I stumbled upon a front-end dev internship on craigslist that sounded like a perfect opportunity to start my career as a web developer. When I came in for the interview I loved the office and everyone I interviewed with. I was overjoyed that I was chosen for this position.

What values lead you and why?

The gap values that I most relate with are passion and willingness. I have always been passionate about many things throughout my life. As a kindergartener I started learning violin because I was passionate about music and played all throughout high school in the San Diego Youth Symphony. I also started playing guitar in high school, as well as writing and producing my own music. Over the last few years I have developed that same passion about web development, because I find the way everything works in an app, from the front to the back, to be extremely interesting.

What skills are you bringing to gap and what skills are you excited to learn?

I've been passionate about computers for a very long time. In college, my studies ranged from social media to database security. I feel like I found my "calling" when I took my first course in web design. After college, I took what I learned and started working on freelance projects, and learning Ruby on Rails in my spare time, along with Javascript. I feel like I can bring those skills with me to this internship and be flexible when it comes to the sorts of things I work on here. I am always eager to learn and have come to realize that no matter what you will always learn new things wherever you go. I am definitely excited to learn more about things like BEM, Slim HTML, and Javascript testing, and then hopefully more back end related skills.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be, why, and what would you do with it?

I would love to be able to read people's minds. I feel like that would be helpful no matter the context. I could be talking to friends, family, coworkers, a boss, a significant other, or just a random person I meet while going out.

What’s the quirkiest thing about you that you’re willing to admit?

I'm not sure this qualifies as quirky but I used to spend way too much money on vinyl records and craft beer. A lot of it just sits in my closet.

What’s your favorite thing to do in San Diego and why?

As a native San Diegan I've been pretty spoiled by the weather here my whole life. I love being able to play outdoor sports any day of the year, which is why I'm very involved in Vavi, playing in softball, kickball, and volleyball leagues. It's also just a great way to meet people.

What's the last gift you gave someone?

My sister and I got my dad tickets for the caravan safari tour at the Safari Park for his birthday. We had never gone before and it was an awesome experience.