September 10, 2019
I wrote my first line of code about 13 years ago at the age of 13. I proceeded to develop and use this skill throughout high school, building websites for local businesses, starting a tech blog, starting a conert promotion business, and more. After graduating, I started an agency, where we primarily built WordPress-powered websites.
Throughout all this time, my exposure to building “apps” was almost non-existent. Most of the sites I built for small businesses just needed a little jQuery here and there. But as my agency grew, we started to take on more complex projects, with the biggest project we took on being a year long Rails and React application. Even still, I didn’t work on this project much myself so exposure to building apps was still fairly limited.
That project ended three years ago. At the same time, I took inventory of what I really wanted the next phase of my career to look like. I weighed the projects I had been exposed to, the different clients I had interacted with, and the different companies out there that I admired. The little exposure I had to building applications was really exciting to me, and as an entrepreneur the thought of having the ability to build any idea I had was very attractive, so I set out to learn all the things I needed to in order to have this kind of power. I weighed the different technologies I had been exposed to in order to decide what I should learn deeply, and I made a decision.
This was very exciting to me.
Written by J.C. Hiatt who lives in Jackson, Mississippi and wants to be your friend. You should follow him on Twitter