Though I game occasionally, I’m not a huge gamer so I started to look at the other small, but active communities on there and found the Programming group. I’ve always been someone that likes to listen to tech talks while also working/programming (I know, nerd alert) so I decided to give it a chance and oh boy, was it rough.
So much has happened over the course of the last ten months. When I first started coming into the office, we were in the midst of a name change from Notion AI to Trove AI to, finally, Trove. Our central product has gone through three major iterations and countless minor iterations.
Everything I’ve just talked about I could have done in Texas, except for that Michigan quality beer. But even then, it would have been completely different. My first photography pictures wouldn’t have been of the Heidelberg project. I wouldn’t have gotten to get my first bike and ride it around Belle Isle.
Of course, your company is going to say they want you to go out and do things that make you happy, but to the point where you leave work early to go play disc golf before dark and then finish up your work whenever you can fit it in?
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.