Even though I’ll only be here for a summer, working for a startup in its early stages really means that my work and impact on the company and our customers are so much grander and lasting than they would have been if I’d been an intern at a large company.
We are now beginning to turn designs into a reality and I can already tell I’m going to be learning a ton from this experience. There’s a lot I didn’t know previously about production level code that will be invaluable for future jobs and personal projects. Especially if I ever want to create my own startup!
We would call Wayne State University’s campus home and Invest Detroit Ventures’ office space our workplace for the coming week, but so much more was in store for the seven days ahead than I ever could have imagined…It is these moments I would like to write about!
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.