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Chocolate Makes Solitary Bearable

Alt textLevi Nelson is a pretty cool guy. That’s really the simplest way to encompass his level of cool. We could talk about how he’s dominated his role as a product designer since joining Hudl in February, but with how creative and dedicated he is - don’t even get us started on his #realtalk prowess - we’d be here for days.

If you don’t believe us, just check out the video he put together after visiting a Hudl school up in Minnesota this month. The guy’s got skills (dare we say skillz?) and one can’t help but wonder how a person becomes so cool.

“I grew up in the small town of Hickman, Neb., which is about ten minutes south of Lincoln. My adolescence was largely defined by my love of playing music. Many an evening was spent jamming out on my guitar in my friends’ basements.

“After high school, I decided to stay around Lincoln because (1) I love this town and (2) there was a cute girl that I wanted to be near. So, I went to the University here in Lincoln, married that cute girl, graduated with a marketing degree and started my career in Lincoln.

“While I loved (and still love) doing creative work for other people, I reached the point about a year ago where I decided I wanted to work directly on an awesome product rather than promoting other peoples’ products. I had heard great things about Hudl, so I dropped an application and they decided to pick me up as a product designer.

“I’m totally convinced I made the right decision. I get to design useful tools for coaches and athletes. Nothing gets me more excited then the random emails from coaches saying Hudl’s a “miracle” or a “marriage-saver”. If I’m building stuff that makes people happier, that’s a huge win in my book.

“So now, I’m married to my amazing wife, Kelsey, have two cute boys - Liam (3) and Trey (nearly 1) - and a fantastic job as a Product Designer here at Hudl. What more could a guy ask for?”

Do you think floating around above the atmosphere for two hours is worth $75,000? (IMPORTANT: You wouldn’t be weightless.)
As cool as that would be, probably not. Gosh, $75,000 is a lot of money. I could probably pay for my kid’s college education with $75,000, which would be a better investment in the long term.

If you were punished for a crime, what form of punishment would you prefer?
I’m an introvert, so I guess solitary confinement? But only for day. Then I’m sure it’d get real weird and I’d want out.

Do you sing in the car? What’s your go-to jam?
Well, most of the time I have NPR on in my car because, you know, I guess I’m one of those people. But I love jamming out to music at my desk at work. Usually my mix is made up of the likes of Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Owl City, One Republic, or dubstep/violin.

If you could change a piece of history, what would it be?
I’d really like to go back and prevent Internet Explorer versions 6-8 from ever happening. Any web designer will understand.

What ingredients would go into your own pint of Ben n’ Jerry’s?
Chocolate. That’s it. I’ve tried all the ice cream varieties out there, and let me tell you, there’s nothing better than good, straight-up, chocolate ice cream.

Do you believe in karma?
I don’t believe in the literal definition, but do your choices affect your future? Absolutely. Live life intentionally.

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