Startup Stories

Samantha Stewart (Startup Stories 18.07)

After graduating from UMich with a Psychology degree, I spent the majority of my early to mid-twenties traveling. I woke up one morning, just tired. Tired of packing, tired of moving, of living out of a suitcase, of building my bank account up just to obliterate it again, or not knowing what I was doing with my life. I decided to go to a coding bootcamp to become a web developer, moved back to Detroit and began working for Waymark. Now, I have more opportunity, skills, and freedom.

From Hired to Hiring (Startup Stories 18.06)

I chose to work for a large company in the automotive industry, or rather they chose me. And that was another misconception. The idea that they were doing me a favor rather than a mutual exchange. But I would soon come to realize that I would just be another number. A headcount. A body.

Finding the Way and Leaning In (Startup Stories 18.05)

I wanted to be a Physical Therapist when I started at Michigan State. I played sports my whole life, dealt with numerous injuries, and thought a career helping people recover from injuries was the right path for me. I ended up becoming a software developer…

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!

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!

Texas to Michigan (Startup Stories 17.09)

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.