Your technologist coach
After a failed bid to get into the Rhode Island School of Design, which I was sure would land me a dream job as a graphic designer, I found myself applying my self-taught programming skills at an educational start-up. I ended up staying with that company through five tumultuous years.
While hopping between start-ups, I co-founded a photography instruction business with a close friend and taught on-location workshops across the country. Though we had to shutter the business in the ‘08 financial crisis, I learned that teaching was a source of great fulfillment for me.
One job led to another, and now I’ve been in the software industry for over 20 years and have worked for both start-ups and giants like Wayfair.
As I worked for increasingly large and complex tech organizations, and took on more leadership responsibilities, my job slowly shifted from solving software problems to solving people problems.
Eventually, I came to the realization that a lot of what I had been doing to help people find their paths forward is actually coaching.
When I’m not coaching people through their unique challenges, you’ll find me hanging out with my son, taking landscape and architectural photographs, or flying my drone.
What would you create, if you knew you couldn’t fail?