In case you missed tonight's airing of Shark Tank, my company, Packback Books, took home $250k from entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban.
We hosted a packed house at our viewing party, and the energy and support from the #Chicago entrepreneurship community was incredible. Joining this team has been one of the best learning and growing experiences of my short career, and I can't wait to see what's next.
Next week, I'll be publishing a technical overview of how we prepared for the increased traffic from the show and the whole team will be doing an AMA on if you're interested, but feel free to leave me your questions here as well.
I got to meet Aaron Rankin, the CTO for Sprout Social, last week. His company has a great business model and they use some really awesome technology.
That said, it's no surprise that they treat their employees well. Here is what one employee we interviewed thinks about working there.
Got done with my weekly long run this morning and instead of going out for brunch, I made a kale and strawberry salad and tofu scramble breakfast burritos.
Now I'm in a bit of a food coma, but completely okay with it.
- Packback BooksLead Software Engineer, 2013 - present
- Uloop - Student News & ClassifiedsDirector of Student News, 2012 - 2013
- JobBranderFounder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
- MyUdailyFounder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
- Shakeup Media - Web development and community managementFounder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
- Siemens HealthcareTechnical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
- GE Consumer and IndustrialMechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
- CleanAir EngineeringEngineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee (c/o 2012), but after two years of internships with some of the biggest firms in the world, I realized that startups were way more fun. I founded a web-development company (+Shakeup Media) and started a news blog on my college campus.
I love meeting people, writing (in both code and prose), playing guitar, traveling, and cooking. While I enjoy my work and the flexibility it provides, I also do a lot of geeky things on the side. Lately, it's been playing with my Raspberry Pi and learning Python.
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