"It has been exhilarating working on a startup - just has an energy and drive that I hadn't often experienced in the big enterprise space."
I had a career working in large, established enterprises in various IT roles, starting as a developer and ending up as an enterprise architect. After parting ways with the last big company, I decided I wasn't ready to retire, and started exploring LinkedIn, where I came across an interesting post about opportunities with a startup called OneVest. It sounded like exactly what I was looking for - a chance to work with a small, close-knit team on a cool, meaningful project.
I am the DevOps guy at OneVest. This means I take care of all the cloud infrastructure that our system runs on. For me, this has been a return to hands on, very technical work that i hadn't done in some time. I have developed a deeper understanding of our primary cloud platform (AWS) as well as other cloud services we employ. I've also developed a better hands-on understanding of cyber-security, obviously very important to OneVest.
I like being able to leverage the existing technical skills I had developed over the years, while also learning a whole bunch of new stuff. I like working on a team that fully embraces Agile software development. The team itself is fantastic - diverse, extremely technically skilled, and very fun to work with. And it has been exhilarating working on a startup - just has an energy and drive that I hadn't often experienced in the big enterprise space.
I am a new grandfather (so new that it still feels strange to say it)! I am an avid reader, these days most of my reading is done through headphones. Audible recently sent me an email detailing how many hours I listened to last year, and let's just say it was a lot. I like to stay fit, even if my running days are behind me. I was never a race runner but, I did once run a 44:30 10K in a corporate challenge. And I watch a fair bit of TV - recently finished Ozark, one of the best things I've seen in a while.