Growing up, I tinkered around with lots of technologies and other aspects of web design, making forays into movie making, videogame modding, music, and other creative media. For almost 4 years in my teens, my dream was to design and release videogames. When it came time to pick a career, I was always a bit uncertain when thinking about computer programming. In fact, my first course was on Visual Basic 6 during one high school summer and I could not stand the stuff.
So, I went on through college and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston in 2012. I was recruited to work for a small business involved in the litigation support industry. Feeling frustrated with the position I was hired to do, I found myself making phone calls in the equivalent of a call center environment there for the first 6 weeks. The frustration was able to subside when I applied for an opening supervisor position and discovered I was capable of assisting in project management. The staff I was over was at one point around 25 specialists.
Seeking to find ways to continue to stand out and open up other opportunities, I sought to automate away my work day and the work days of others. This lead me back into the world of Visual Basic, writing the first code I had written in 5 years by creating Microsoft Excel macros with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Management took notice and thought that perhaps they should let me have a shot at developing for the Salesforce platform.
The rest is history. My career since that time has been firmly grounded in software development. Experience lead to writing C# and VB.NET, working with SQL Server and more advanced integrations. I wrote many thousands of lines of code for Salesforce and created powerful utilities that would yield over $35,000 in annual costs savings in infinite perpetuity. I have since moved on to studying Python, Django, various algorithms used in machine learning, other databases, and many other cutting edge technologies.
A major contributor to the evolving graphical style of Elega Corporation products, Jacob Ahlbrand is a well known media specialist and internet persona. His YouTube channel, indiejacob, is home to an audience of more than 40,000 subscribers where Jacob produces content covering the gaming industry at large and many of his favorite games. Jacob has played a role in influencing many other popular YouTube personalities in the gaming space and has relentlessly explored creative invention, appearing in collaborations with YouTube personalities like Nathaniel Bandy and Scott the Woz.
At Elega Corporation, Jacob is a strategic consultant for the graphical direction of Elega products: his work appearing through his efforts in video editing, logo designs, audio engineering, and typography.
Jacob holds a degree in Graphic Design & Interactive Media Design from the University of Southern Indiana and currently works on Elega Corporation projects from his home in Pennsylvania.