2014 was a watershed year for me. I had been a full time freelancer since 2010, learning a wide variety of technologies as well as the intricacies of developing a consulting business.
However, I had an opportunity to get into an exciting Y-Combinator startup that I couldn’t pass up. In May of 2014, I joined MongoHQ, a database as a service company focusing on hosted MongoDB deployments. We later rebranded to Compose when we started hosting more than MongoDB. First with Elasticsearch, and then PostgreSQL, Redis, and more.
In 2015 we were acquired by IBM, and it was an amazing ride through the acquisition and integration process. We added more people, obtained new and loftier goals, and had a great time succeeding in a totally new environment.
After three years of working on the Compose product within IBM, I couldn’t ignore the pull back to the startup and freelance scene. As of Oct 15th, 2018 I’m back to the wilds of uncertainty and
terror excitement. I’m taking up residence at a coworking space / startup incubator called Galvanize, specifically in their Phoenix campus.
If anyone is specifically in the Phoenix, Arizona startup scene, stop by Galvanize and let’s grab some lunch and talk about sunburns and hiking. =)