Universities and colleges are 10 years behind the curve. They’ll teach you how to apply to large enterprise corporations with recruiting policies written in the 90s. You don’t want to work for those corporations. You don’t want to work in a cubicle farm. You’re young and exciting. You want to work for young, exciting companies.
No one's going to care how you do something if they don't know why you do it. Look at Basecamp's tagline - 'Last year alone, Basecamp helped over 285,000 companies finish more than 2,000,000 projects." Right away you know why they do it - to help companies finish products.
It applies to companies, products, even people and political parties. If there's no "why", it's likely going to fall flat.
"When Friday rolled around we sat with Victoria and her team and showed them the site. We knew they would be happy with the work, the site looked almost identical and suddenly had new features, but they were more surprised. How did we build a site in one week that took us several months to build initially?"
In a week, Jaxon Home was able to re-establish their online store on Shopify after losing everything on Magento. Not only did they get it back up and running quickly, but they even got new functionality that had required a dedicated developer before.
Good software should make people's lives better. It's amazing to see Shopify doing this every day, and a massive win for everyone who's been involved in developing it.
"You own the whole process: you’re going to find a pain, and build the solution. Doing this work, from start to finish, gives you the confidence to say: “People really need this; I need to tell them about it.”
It sucks feeling sleazy, but if you really own what you're selling and it's meeting a real need, it doesn't have to feel that way. That said, if you're selling something you have a stake in, you're pretty lucky.
- ShopifyTeam Lead, 2014 - present
- ShopifyFlex Support, 2013 - 2014
- Minto CommercialSummer Site Attendant, 2012 - 2012
- Green Party of OntarioCandidate, 2011 - 2011
- LCBOCSR, 2010 - 2011
- Green Party of CanadaAssistant to the Leader's Aide, 2011 - 2011
- Carleton UniversityPolitical Science, 2009 - 2013
- Robert F. Hall CSS2005 - 2009
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