A Groundswell of Momentum (Startup Stories 17.03)

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. 

Kickstarting My Dreams (Startup Stories 17.02)

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. 

Imposter Syndrome...Almost Gone (Startup Stories 17.01)

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...

Microcontrollers Stole my Summer (Intern Files #009)

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.

Last But Not Least (Intern Files #007)

Building custom software used to programing projectors and acquiring sensor data is pretty neat. I didn't fall upon my experience at OPS-Solutions easily, it took serious persistence with my professional contacts and upmost value of my individuality. I am so thankful that I wore my calculator watch to Michigan Tech's job fair...

Working For a Startup While Running My Own (Intern Files #006)

While running my own fashion startup, I decided to join Hacker Fellows Internship program to learn the inner workings of a growing tech startup. What makes a tech startup successful? How do you manage building software with multiple contributors? I wanted answers to these questions for my career trajectory. I'm now am realizing that this experience is positively affecting my company Ninety6

Gymfellows, Pumping Iron and Writing Code (Intern Files #004)

Interning 9-5 InfoReady Corp., working on their UX/UI initiatives has already been a very nice summer experience. A few of the interns and myself wanted to make a point to take a step away from coding and get in shape. We created a workout Slack Channel! We call it ... not "Gymterns," "Gymfellows!" No gymtimidation here!