I'm working on two things:
2. Growing a private community for ambitious developers with goals Tech Bandits
Senior Fronted Developer with 6+ years of experience in the tech field. Author of Win “The Interview” Game book.
9 years ago I wrote my first line of code on Visual Basic and that was the moment when I started my coding journey.
I had no clear goal as to why I was learning to code. No plan. Just pure interest in what it is. It reminded me of Lego, which was fun to play when I was a kid. Programming and lego have the same approach - you build something out of little blocks. That's what attracted me to it.
5-6 years ago I found Pieter Levels and realized that I can build something with the code and make money from it. Pieter showed me the world of side projects (aka startups) and I immediately started generating project ideas and learning something more difficult than HTML.
It took me 3 months to learn everything I need and to develop a job-board-forum. I even learn how to deploy everything to DigitalOcean droplet via ssh (sometimes it scares me even now).
After it I've built 3 more side projects.
One of the side projects
It was great. It was fun. But after a couple of months, I shut them all down. I realized I couldn't monetize them. Back then my home country had no access to Stripe or Paypal and I learned it only after I've built side projects (not a smart move). I thought there is no future for them. A huge mistake, as I see it now, but let's go on.
After it, I started freelancing and looking for a job.
2016-2017: Landed my first job as a Junior Software Engineer but worked as a Full Stack Developer as is often happening in small companies. Somewhere in late 2016 met ReactJS.
2017: Graduated with a Computer Science degree.
2017-2018: Landed a job in a big software company. Lead Frontend Developer. Tried AngularJS (and never touched it again).
2018-2019: Landed a job at YC Startup. Formed my ultimate tech stack: ReactJS, Redux, ExpressJS, Webpack, and Postgresql/MongoDB.
2019-2020: Got into another startup. Learned React Native. Built startup with 2 co-founders and half succeed.
2020-Now: Following my instinct motivation.
Over the years, I've worked for many companies, from the YCombinator startup to a large corporation working on products for Big 4 Wireless Carriers giants like AT&T. I've been lucky enough to work with great people, on challenging projects, and solve interesting problems. I've gained a lot of experience in web development and finally decided to share that knowledge with people and apply it to creating my own things.