Our Member of the Month for March 2020 is none other than this stellar dad, Chess legend and all around great guy, Martyn Chamberlin! Martyn works in web development for Chess.com, and as you probably guessed, is quite good at the game. But he’s humble about it, and didn’t rub it in too hard when he completely desolated Scott, our Membership Coordinator in a friendly game over lunch. Martyn is very active in our community at The Root and is always one to strike up conversations with other members to get to know them and their various businesses. To get to know a little more about Martyn and Chess.com, check out our interview with him!


How long have you been with your current company?

I started in late 2015. And then left in 2018 for corporate 'Murica. And came back 5 months later!

What is your official title/job description with your current company?

We're pretty laid back about titles, but I do front-end web development.

How would you summarize what your company does and why your clients choose you over the competition?

Chess.com brings the game of chess to players around the world through a website and mobile apps. It aspires to be a one-stop location for all things chess. Games, lessons, puzzles, articles covering tournaments - if it involves a chessboard, we're likely doing it.

If you had to have a philosophy of life, what would it be?

Honestly, I can't improve on last month's from Alfreda Wells: Love God, love people; serve God, serve people.

What's a productivity tool or app that you couldn't live without?

iTerm. It's a terminal emulator that gives me shell access to a lot of day-to-day devops.

Do you or your company do any work within the community in the form of charity, nonprofits, or just building up Tulsa?

Alas, we don't. We're a fully remote company with nothing but a PO box in Palo Alto. Although I did enjoy getting to help at a local food pantry last year. It's easy to get disconnected from the needs of the community when you live in the tech bubble and I've been actively trying to avoid that.

What is one of your favorite books and why?

Christianity and Liberalism by Gresham Machen. It was published 97 years ago but it's as relevant today as ever. A good book makes you decide what you believe and why.

Favorite movie and why?

I keep coming back to Interstellar, a Christopher Nolan masterpiece paired with a rock- solid Hans Zimmer soundtrack. The narrative is so gripping on so many levels.

What is a fun fact or story about you that most people that know you might be surprised to learn?

My pre-college aspiration was to be a fine art oil painter. I studied with artists like Jerry Yarnell and Bryan Mark Taylor before eventually moving on to what for me was a more lucrative industry. I exchanged a linen canvas for a pixel canvas.

And lastly, what is one of your favorite things about being a member of the Root Coworking?

Where to start!? I've been to a few different coworking spaces across the country and I have yet to find a better one. I love the name, the design, the big windows overlooking 2nd street, the phone booths, the fantastic staff, the beer keg. Oh, and the fact that we're open on snow days that, you know, don't have any snow on the ground.

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