Working at a startup for the past year has taught me that it is up to you to find out what kind of company culture you want to work within. Then, it is your job to take the initiative in accessing and creating that kind of space.
Right now, I'm probably in Puerto Rico remotely working and surfing. I value balance -- when I am productive in my work, I have more fun surfing. And, when I have a good surf session, I can more easily focus on my work.
I never really wanted to be a coder, so when I first heard about Hacker Fellows, my initial thought was, That sounds cool and all, but…nope.
I've had a love for calculators, since getting my TI-Nspire that was required my freshman year of high school. Getting that calculator led to modding it for games in class, which led to more versatile calculators, which led to my interest in software development. Fast forward 6 years or so, I graduated from Michigan Tech with a Software Engineering degree and am now working with SU2 Systems.
My path as a software developer has definitely been a groundswell of momentum. At age ten, I started to save money for a laptop, bought the laptop at age 11, at age 16 I got my first web dev job. Now at age 21, I'm working for ProNav Marine, building out their trolling motor and mobile application.
For as long as I could remember I wanted to take the pictures in my head and make them real. My childhood was spent living vicariously through the characters I played in video games. Fast forward 15 years of so, I released my first indie game on Steam, successfully crowdfunded the creation of my newest game and am currently working with Waymark in Detroit.
Like most of my journey into the tech industry, my introduction to Hacker Fellows was plagued by imposter syndrome. I’m too old, I don’t have a degree in Computer Science, blah, blah, blah. Now that the 5-week training bootcamp is complete, I can confidently say that my imposter syndrome is banished...Almost...
Time to get super technical and tell you about how Tome allows all of their engineers to build on wild IoT projects once a month. I spent two sessions building a system for a fully connected coffee roast that logged and visualized aspects of the roaster. GOOOOOONNNGGGGG, lab days and food, what more do you need?
Working in Start Garden’s co-working space, I met so many amazing people with such great ideas. One of the main perks of working at Start Garden is being exposed to the entrepreneurial ecosystem they are building within West Michigan. This network of doers, thinkers, makers is so embedded within the community. I'm still figuring out how I can remain part of this network despite moving back to Ann Arbor.
Sometimes I forget that I sit in-front of a computer 40+ hours a week. Ann Arbor is the perfect place to work, study and get drowned in an abundance of yummy food, bookstores and tech meetups. I'll most likely will be here to stay.