Product | Design | Development
After starting out with a career in music,
I never thought I would end up writing software. But to be honest, a lot of what got me excited about performing on stage still gets me excited about deploying code. I was never the most technical instrumentalist, rather, I cared about the band’s “end user” and how our “product” made them feel. I wanted to delight someone; perhaps make their lives a little bit better. I am by no means changing the world with my software writing skills, but I am solving problems. That’s more than good enough.
I have been fortunate enough thus far to get to know and learn from some amazing people. Jeff Cohen, who taught me Ruby on Rails, is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of studying with. Even more than Ruby, he’s mastered the art of presenting programming concepts in the friendliest of beginner friendly ways. Mig Reyes helped inform my design sense, challenged me to think in ways I had not thought of, and encouraged me to get over insecurity and just try some shit. Both of Starter School’s founders showed me what it means to hustle. The talented team at SeatGeek showed me the potential of creativity in coding and what it takes to manage a product at scale (spoiler: a lot of really hard work). And countless other teachers, TAs, and mentors helped mold my product sense and prepare me for solving meaningful problems for years to come.
I have been in awe of the aforementioned folks and aspire to do my thing half as well as they do theirs. In order to get there, I continue to focus on learning, challenging situations, and enthusiasm for whatever work I do.