I have always been a computer nerd. When I was 11 years old, I took apart my computer to see how the inside worked. It didn’t make much sense at the time, but that didn’t matter to me. When I was 16, I took my first programming course at the local community college and fell in love with programming.
Fast forward to 2011. I was attending San Jose State University for a Bachelors in Computer Science. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in college and immersed myself in a variety of experiences. I was fortunate to be able to study abroad in Australia, where I saw plenty of wild creatures. When I wasn’t abroad, I was finding student hackathons to participate in. I even won a hackathon, which begun my journey into Android development. Furthermore, I promoted my apps well and they amassed 250,000 downloads.
Upon graduation, I had an internship which converted into a full-time job at a lean and fast-paced startup, called Podo. I spent the next year developing an app to control a bluetooth-enabled camera. I learned how to ship code quickly and provide the greatest value to customers.
After Podo, I begun working at DabKick in 2017 to get more experience in lean startup environments. I worked on two different and challenging products: a video-synchronization SDK and a new type of media watching experience. I was given the ability to design major features and architecture in the SDK, using the latest Android technologies. These products sharpened my developer skill set and strengthened my work ethic.
I took a leap out of small and scrappy startup environments in 2018 and joined Udemy, where I work today. We are still a startup, where I work as part of a larger mobile team (19 people and growing!) inside a MUCH larger company. Outside of work-work, I spent my weekends working on an endless stream of side projects, learning about software engineering and computers, and hiking in the South Bay and beyond.
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