I Moved to Detroit! (Startup Stories 18.04)

My mom was a little freaked out at first … and now I can’t wake up at 8:30am to be to work by 9am … but moving from Ann Arbor to Detroit was definitely worth it! I’m stripped from my comfort zone, exposed to new surroundings and got creative with the daily commute (which isn’t that bad)!

Why I Am A Programmer (Startup Stories 18.03)

Ever since I was a kid, I was convinced that I would be a doctor. I remember watching shows like House and even Scrubs and thinking that what they did was the coolest thing. Fast forward 5 years, I’m developing software at a startup in Detroit and can honestly say that I have no regrets with the path that I took.

The Corporate Plunge (Startup Stories 18.02)

In early May of 2018, I received an email from Hacker Fellows stating that a space became available for their fellowship program and it would be available to me if I accepted. I was elated. I couldn’t believe that I could have the opportunity to be a part of such a generous and growth-oriented program. That elation lasted for about two days, and then the nerves set in. Then, when I was packing to move to Detroit for 5-weeks to train with the 14 other fellows, the nerves REALLY set in!

Autonomic and the Hacker Fellows Program: Working Together to Drive Innovation, Support Up-and-Coming Talent and Build a Network

As Autonomic is a company that is building the first open cloud-based mobility platform to create a more efficient and sustainable transportation network in the Motor City, partnering with the Hacker Fellows program was a no-brainer. Together we are building a network of startups, students, and recent graduates all working together to better our local entrepreneurial community.

The 2018 Bootcamp Experience (Startup Stories 18.01)

In early May of 2018, I received an email from Hacker Fellows stating that a space became available for their fellowship program and it would be available to me if I accepted. I was elated. I couldn’t believe that I could have the opportunity to be a part of such a generous and growth-oriented program. That elation lasted for about two days, and then the nerves set in. Then, when I was packing to move to Detroit for 5-weeks to train with the 14 other fellows, the nerves REALLY set in!

Peerstachio's DTX Launch Detroit Journey

From the beginning of the DTX Launch Detroit program at TechTown I was ready to learn more about building a startup and learning what it actually takes to start one. Peerstachio was the startup that my cofounder, Scarlett and I build while in DTX — a platform that helps improve students' grades by connecting underclassmen with trusted upperclassmen, getting them the academic help they need in a responsive way. Long story short ... We won the grand prize at DTX Launch Detroit of $10,000 for Peerstachio!

Caught Up in the Company Culture (Intern Files #020)

Whoops … Before I knew it, I spent a few pay checks on sneakers and designer streetwear items from our company’s website. &%*$!!!! Financial missteps aside, I feel extremely lucky to have worked for StockX, and soon … my summer project is getting deployed into production!