Behind the Software with Nathan Levens
Our goal as a team is to give back to clinical researchers by creating software that is more efficient, reliable, and easy to use. This month, we are featuring a team member that has gone above and beyond for our customers, Nathan Levens.
Nathan has over 10 years’ experience in the clinical research industry. He is currently the Product Manager for our eSOURCE product at RealTime Software Solutions and teaches sites how to transition from paper-based regulatory and source documentation processes to electronic solutions.
You might be wondering what Nathan is like behind the software. We had the chance to ask him a few questions to get to know him a little better!
What was your favorite TV show growing up?
Growing up, I had a lot of favorite TV shows, but I watched Saved by the Bell reruns every day after school for several years. I thought Zack Morris was the coolest guy in the world. Especially when he got his first mobile phone and carried it in his backpack. I was still using a wall-mounted phone with a 10 ft cord that stretched across the room.
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve received a lot great advice from books, coworkers and people I consider mentors. One piece of advice that comes to mind is that we should ‘work to learn’ rather than simply ‘work to earn’. There are a lot of jobs that provide a paycheck, but it’s important to be selective when taking a position with a company. Go for the jobs that force you to learn new skills. As you learn new skills, more opportunities will present themselves throughout your career.
What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
Too many songs to choose from. The 90’s were awesome. I watched MTV every morning before school and liked almost every song that hit their top 20 list.
What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now?
That would be the product that I manage, RealTime-eSOURCE. This type of product is changing the way research sites collect study data and the possibilities are endless with this product. I’m excited to see how the product shapes the industry in the next 5-10 years.
If you could meet any comic book superhero, who would it be and why?
Easy… Batman. No explanation needed. It’s Batman. He can beat anyone, even Superman.
What are your biggest pet peeves?
I’ve never had pet peeves, but I do have a pet Yorkie. Just kidding but I do have a Yorkie! The only thing I can think of that bothers me is when fellow drivers decide not to use their blinker light in traffic and subsequently get mad at me for not realizing they want in my lane. I’ve learned a lot about breathing to relax in traffic.
What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
I’ve never been attached to famous quotes, but I like funny ones. “Life’s a garden. Dig it!” – Joe Dirt
What are the values that drive you?
I’m sure I sub-consciously subscribe to a lot of values but I usually just keep things simple in my life. I make sure I’m doing my best at whatever I set my mind to, and I value my relationships with friends and family.
What books/podcasts are you into at the moment?
I like to get nerdy so I’m currently listening to StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’m also reading Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.
What is the most inspiring part of your job?
It’s the customer testimonials that inspire me. As a product manager, I love the fact that I get to help create solutions that make other people’s lives easier. It’s a great feeling when a customer expresses how happy they are for choosing RealTime. These testimonials inspire me to help more customers.
Stay tuned for more interviews as we get to know some of the team behind RealTime Software Solutions. If you are interested in scheduling a demo for eSOURCE, or any of our other solutions, call (210) 852-4310 or fill out a CONTACT FORM.