I have always possessed a strong desire to create. My passion for creation first became known through my obsession with visual art--drawing, painting, and sketching comics--and later in the form of creating music. As I continued to gravitate towards "creating" I found a love and curiosity for all things tech-related--making prototype robots from remote control car parts, and eventually getting heavily into web design and computer science. Since high-school I have been following two parallel tracks: making music and building my computer-related technical skills.
When it came time to focus on a career, I gravitated towards startups, building websites, and networking computers to help small businesses become bigger businesses. Soon enough I realized I wanted to build my own business. In 2013 I took a big risk and left a steady job to launch an ecommerce company. From thinking of the strategy, to raising funds, and building a team, I made startup growth my life and become obsessed with anything that could help take our company to the next level. I wore many hats as a founder of the company, such as running CNC machines, building products, creating marketing campaigns, incorporating new technology to enhance the user experience, and working as a leader to keep our teams' efforts on track. When the company neared the end of its runway, enabled by our initial investment, I switched gears into an unknown territory, creating financial reports and projections. Books on finance and raising funds covered my tables and filled my backpack and ultimately, I managed to raise attention from several outside investors for a second investment round. Although the business did not pan out as we had expected, with investors and partners holding different views at that time, in my mind the business was still a complete success, an invaluable learning experience, and something that I am very proud of.
I am here now at Startup Institute learning to advance my computer programming skills. I have visions for more startups, and want to hone my skills so that I am able to build prototypes, and communicate better with other developers. More immediately, I am looking to become involved in an established startup that is ready to scale. I would like to see how businesses operate during fast-paced scaling, and hope to help them scale even faster, and more efficiently. Although I know that I want to be in the tech industry, specifically on the development side of creating new digital products, I am optimistic about the endless possibilities ahead, and look forward to conquering whatever challenges I may face along the journey.