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I work on building the server app, client app, API for micro-services, testing, setting up the environment and automation for development and deployment, creating automated tests, and maintaining documentation for the code.
What I Do
I’m a founder of a startup called LooseLeaf, which is a web app that disrupts the higher education industry. I bootstrap LooseLeaf while working a full time job as a software product manager. In my free time, I write code and publish articles about code on my blog and Medium.
Launched two tech startups while working at a full time job as a product manager for reactor embedded control systems. Created multiple prototypes and betas for mobile and web applications for these startups to conduct market research at tech conferences. Deployed mobile apps to iOS store, which accumulated over 100K downloads. Deployed web apps to heroku and AWS to acquired beta users.
A company with a good culture. In particular, one that values employees as team members who can contribute to the overall mission of the company beyond his/her role and everyone owns his/her work but also are actively collaborating to increase the overall quality and throughput for the company.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
What's your favorite non-business book?
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Work on open source projects full time
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
You'll never be ready to start trying something new. Treat life as an experiment and start trying something out and be prepared to learn from your failures and try again or move on to something else.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Mark Zuckerberg. He didn't need anyone's permission to launch Facebook and did all of the work himself in the beginning. He has created a great culture at Facebook with their open source projects and web standards like GraphQL / Open Graph.
What's your super power?
My endurance. When I'm fully engaged with what I'm working on, I can work continuously for long periods of time without a need to take a break (other than to sleep and other basic needs).
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Treat life, work, everything you do like an experiment. Failure is not failure. Failure is data. Negative feedback is better than no feedback because it tells you what not to do.
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
For my startup LooseLeaf, I get to execute my vision without knowing if it's fully going to work, but I try anyway and figure out a way to try out my theories.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Distributed Embedded Systems because it taught me the entire process for being a professional software engineer. It's a project based class spanning from requirements creation to verification and validation.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
I wish I had started learning programming before college.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
At my previous role as a product manager at Naval Reactors, we had a website with bad UX on our intranet that we need to use regularly to access data. I built a single page application with a nice UX to interface with the API.