I spend my life in search of big adventures.

Annette O'Neil
Annette O'Neil
Published: 11.05.2022

More than fifteen years after it was founded, Clearview's philosophy is still going strong: We’re a remote-first, distributed software company with our team members spread across four continents. We specialize in partnering up for the long haul -- so we seek ongoing partnerships that lead to a deep understanding of your business domain and mutual, shared growth. We’re stack-agnostic — we can build a team for and/or adapt to any new tech. We see business as a vehicle for personal growth. We encourage and trust our team members to self-manage, promoting autonomy and innovation.

Time to meet the CEO at Clearview, Annette!

Do you have any hobbies, go-to weekend activities, or long-term passion projects you’re working on?

I started my journey into "extreme" activities in the summer of 2008 on a sportbike, carving along the legendary mountain roads north of Los Angeles. It wasn't long after that when, during an extended stint in South Africa, I met a skydiver in a ramshackle beach bar who explained to me that skydiving isn't necessarily something you do once and walk away. Enraptured, I went for my first tandem just days later. Standing in the airplane door over the craggy landscape near Pietermaritzburg, I could already feel myself falling in love with human flight.

Skydiving led quickly to paragliding, speed flying and, then, BASE jumping. In May of 2012, I jumped from a bridge in the South African garden route, a cliff near Cape Town, a skyscraper in Istanbul and an antenna in Southern California. This sequence of four consecutive jumps made me the first female (and one of the only athletes in general) to achieve BASE -- building, antenna, span and earth -- in just four jumps. Since then, I've logged more than three hundred BASE jumps and hundreds of foot-launched flights across five continents, to say nothing of the skydiving. The pace shows no signs of slowing.

In 2018, my partner Joel Strickland and I undertook the challenge of becoming the first athletes to skydive in all fifty states in a single trip. Over the course of six months, despite heavy odds (and Joel dying that one time), we did it.

In between flights and jumps, you'll find me flying in the wind tunnel, rock climbing, skiing, slacklining, or participating in any other appealing practice that happens to be around. No matter what, I'll be flopping happily around on a yoga mat at regular intervals.

In the plane

What do you find to be the most exciting aspect of Clearview?

We have a super fistbumpy culture, and really active channels for sharing personal achievements (which have a tendency to revolve around sports, travel and adventure - think triathlon wins and Kilimanjaro summits and paragliding comp cups). The vibe is that we uphold each other as inspirations. If I had to put a fine point on it, our metasaint looks like Rey Skywalker and thinks/builds like Rick Sanchez. I personally love this about us.

Why did you join Clearview, and what has kept you here?

I worked with Clearview for many years before coming on full-time (as Head of Operations, in 2018). I've always been a dyed-in-the-wool, mercenary freelancer, and it was only the immense flexibility that's built into Clearview's working philosophy that could have successfully tempted me away from the thrilling high seas of the open market. Stepping into my role as CEO last year was a terrifying commitment, but a decision I'd happily make again a hundred times.

What did you want to be when growing up?

I was pretty sure I'd be in Starfleet by now, with a ship of my own. Some might argue that I kinda actually did get there (by unconventional means).

At the desk

What's your favorite quote, or motto?

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

A friend of mine is a commercial space pilot. I would quite like to hop in the jump seat on a trip to the moon. Further, if I have a clear schedule.

Get to know Annette and the rest of the Clearview team!

We’re delighted that Annette decided to join Clearview – it’s been great having them on board! If you have any questions or want to get to know Annette or one of their colleagues from the Clearview team, we can put you in touch. Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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