Get to Know Chris Sinkwitz
Q: Why did you decide to start QuantumRhino? What was your vision and purpose when founding the company?
A: We founded the company in August 2019. My goal and mission was to provide an all-encompassing tech experience for our clients, as I noticed a lack of offerings from competing integration partners: outdated technology stacks and those focused on products and not the needs of the business. I wanted QuantumRhino to offer clients a software agnostic approach as some companies are tied to specific partners, which limits them from offering the best option to clients. Our vision embraces doing what's best for the client, with a budget in mind, providing US-based resources and support, and a diverse tech team. Through this vision, we’re able to provide our clients with an extensive range of options to best fit their needs.
Additionally, we wanted to build a company culture that we believe has hard-working individuals doing exciting cutting-edge projects without being limited by typical structure. We focus on hiring experts in their fields and then getting out of their way to do what they do best.
Q: That is so important! Especially after the last year and a half we have had and its impact on the workforce. QuantumRhino really offers a competitive culture and incentives for it’s employees - 100% remote working, unlimited PTO, health benefits, work-life balance!
A: And we look forward to continuing to add more and more superstars to our crash.
Q: To your ‘crash’? What does that mean?
A: After deciding to name the company QuantumRhino, we started researching these animals. We found that a group of rhinos is called a ‘crash and its communication sound is called a bellow. Now, we use that terminology in everything we do. From team meetings to marketing communications and philanthropic efforts. Our team has found it is fun and engaging to utilize rhino terminology so if you see them asking to leave a bellow (comment) or join the crash (team)- please do.
Q: That’s awesome! Can you provide for us a little bit about your own educational/technological background?
A: I went to school for engineering in undergrad and recently graduated from Arizona State University with an Executive MBA. I am very proud of that accomplishment and how it assisted in forming and making decisions for the creation of QuantumRhino and how to grow the company responsibly. I was also fortunate to have a significant group of professors and classmates with varied experiences who I could learn and grow from.
Q: And from that cohort, you've had four members also join the QuantumRhino leadership team, including your wife, Corree?
A: That’s correct.
Q: It speaks to the fantastic work and culture that is being cultivated here at QuantumRhino! And what about your technical background?
A: I started on the business intelligence side, so it was more about data warehousing and reporting. I think that experience gave me an overall big picture/holistic view because I was able to see the different departments in the company and how they linked together. I don't think I ever envisioned what we do now as sort of where my career would have led. But I think starting from the holistic view helped form QuantumRhino: how to automate, what to automate, and trying to remove the human-error element out of business. So not necessarily an engineering interest, but I found an interest in the software aspect of technology.
Q: When it comes to technology and the pace it’s growing, what in your opinion is the next big thing? Something that people should be paying attention to or learning?
A: Machine learning is a rising new tech trend and something that is coming upon us very quickly. There are more and more use cases every day for it, and the amount of data captured daily in the US is at least 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (according to CloudTweaks). More data is being captured in one hour now than was captured between the years 2000 and 2010. Capturing so much more data now enables us to use that machine learning functionality to automate and grow both QuantumRhino and our clients operational efficiencies. We're taking on more and more clients who are finding that Robotic Process Automation, Document Generation, streamlined Business Processes, and Digital Marketing are the future, and they want to get started now.
Q: What is your “jam” when it comes to all the excellent tech work QuantumRhino does?
A: I am definitely keen on process automation. It really enables a business to grow without increasing headcount and enables the business to use their human capital to grow the business versus managing data.
Q: What have been some of your favorite and most impactful projects you've worked on?
A: I would identify Blueacorn as one of the more impactful projects we've worked on to date. Blueacorn is a Lender Service Provider who emerged during the beginning of the pandemic. Their mission was to streamline the PPP application process for small businesses, independent contractors, and those who are self-employed. While they are not a bank, they would help compile loan application paperwork for the PPP and then partner with a bank to apply for and secure a loan.
Due to the immediate need for businesses to access the PPP funds, Blueacorn had to ramp up quickly and start processing thousands of applications daily.
Our team was up against a firm deadline with a lot of unknowns. We worked directly with the executives of Blueacorn and VPs of Salesforce and DocuSign to provide a very scalable solution that met Blueacorn’s needs. Given we tackled a project that had never been done before, I was extremely grateful that the QR team effectively executed the unknown ultimately placing Blueacorn as the #3 lender in the U.S.
- As of June 9, 2021, Blueacorn had processed approximately $14 billion in small business loans throughout the duration of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP), in partnership with Prestamos. Since the beginning of the program, Blueacorn and its partners assisted more than 866,000 small businesses in securing funding. Learn more about Blueacorn
Q: If someone is interested in getting into a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) career, what is one piece of advice you’d share?
A: I would say holistically understand the problem you are trying to solve with the amount and rate at which tech changes. Understanding the business case or when to use a certain technology is fundamental instead of focusing on the technology itself. Also, remember to give yourself time to learn whatever industry you’re going into and the technology that would help that business.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I definitely like to get out in nature, visiting different national parks, and spending time with my family and dogs.
Q: And lastly, what’s your Achilles heel/guilty pleasure (i.e. ice cream in bed at midnight)?
A: I think my guilty pleasure would be gummy bears - the cinnamon ones! I also really like these gummies called Twin Snakes made by Haribo - they are horribly addictive!
Q: That’s all the questions we have for you today. We appreciate your time and allowing readers to get to know QuantumRhino’s CEO and Co-Founder Chris Sinkwitz on a more personal level.
A: Of course, thanks for having me! If you’re interested in learning more about QuantumRhino and how our team can assist you, connect with me on LinkedIn.