What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Devon Rollins. I’m the Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence at Capital One and Co-Founder of STEMLY, a DC based non-profit advocating for high-quality STEM education for underrepresented communities in the nation’s capital.
Where are you from and how has being from there affected you?
I’m originally from Portsmouth, VA, but spent most of the formative years of my upbringing up the road in Suffolk. Although I consider my hometown technologically deprived, the real pillars of my experience were church, sports, and community.
As a child what did you want to be and why?
As a child I wanted to be an author and I imagine the reason being is because of girls. I figured any person with control over language could have influence over people. Having read and studied the writing styles of so many wordsmiths, I still believe this to be true.
What does an average day look like for you?
I have a regimented morning. I wake at 5:15am to pray and thank God that being alive means that there is more right with me than wrong. I hit the gym for an hour to get the blood flowing. Afterwards, I have breakfast which includes a glass of water mixed with apple cider vinegar, honey, and grapefruit. Then it is off to the races to get to work. During the commute, I usually read, listen to a podcast, or evaluate a new album release. The rest of the day looks like work – an array of movement to solve problems. After earning my keep, it’s home to spend time with my wife. We enjoy dinner and catch-up conversations that are generally filled with laughs.
What has helped your business get to where you at now?
STEMLY has been successful in its own right because the mission is one that is very personal for all of the founders. Our own experiences are the very reason the organization exists and we happen to find a common thread between our plight and others.
What has been a tangible hack or a short cut that has helped you get to where you are at now?
Be good to people. Recognize everyone as having crossed your life with an assignment to make you better. Our time together is finite; our kindness should not be.
Random: Who is your favorite music artist and what is your top 3 songs from that artist?
Kendrick Lamar is my favorite contemporary. Top 3 songs are difficult, but here are 5 for good measure:
1. How Much a Dollar Cost – TPAM
2. Mortal Man – TPAM
3. I’m Dying of Thirst – GKMC
4. Sing About Me – GKMC
5. The Heart pt. 2
What is next for yourself?
I pray for guidance over “next” daily, but I’m learning that now is all I can control. So for me, I just intend on being a good steward of the present.