I’m Alison Alvarez, the CEO and Co-Founder of BlastPoint. Our mission is to help people find the secrets hidden in data through the power of maps. I’m the mom to a first-grader.
First, I have to give credit to my husband for making my life possible as both a CEO and mom. He puts our daughter to bed while I work at night and we take split shifts with her on weekends so that I can get development work done on Saturday and Sunday and he can get maintenance work done on the house. I watch a *lot* of pro-wresting with him because he likes it and we can both chat while getting menial work tasks done. I would probably not watch it on my own, but I’m up on all of the storylines and have strong opinions on Bray Wyatt.
I’m in charge of school pickup and drop-off, so that sets the rhythm of my day. I start in the office after bus drop-off and leave when it’s time for after school pickup. Fortunately, my daughter is in love with coloring, so it’s her activity of choice if I need her to join me in the office. I also have a small dollhouse and legos for longer office days. We’re the alumni company at AlphaLab and we seriously benefit by giving her access to the snack stash.
The funny thing is watching her imitate what I do professionally. When she was younger she would take a coloring book into bed and insist that it was not time for sleep because she needed to finish some work (I work in my bed a lot). She now has a research notebook that matches mine. She spent the last few evenings after dinner drawing a calendar through February and adding pictures showing her plans. The entry for this Friday has a picture of our car at the drive-in, which is our after-school treat for the week.