I studied literature at Bennington College. There, I wrote my thesis on the past, present, and future of the book object. Five years later, I’m still fascinated by the subject. The role that bound paper has played not just in my life, but in the history of humankind, is staggering. Men and women have died for books; we’ve burned them, banned them, mass manufactured and hand crafted them; we keep them like pets, we lend them and lose them, and some we revisit again and again — staining their pages, breaking their spines.
Working at a startup is both very exciting and challenging as it allows you significant freedom to explore new spaces and new technologies and at the same time introduces you to new skills and area of business operations that you normally wouldn’t see at a larger company. I am a developer who likes these challenges.
A few years out of undergrad, I was finally getting comfortable with life in the Real World. I had a decent apartment, a good job, and a long commute. I had a budget spreadsheet with lots of black numbers, business cards with my name on them, and student loan payments above the minimum. Every so often, chatting about jobs, life, or esports, someone would joke about taking me away from all that.