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Put the lime in the coconut…

The ‘Tech Team’ at DeadHappy consists mainly of men, so maybe it’s my feminist side kicking in, wanting to represent alongside a couple of other women we have on the team. Or perhaps it’s because I raise so many customer bugs from working as a Honcho and feel that it would be cool to solve these myself. Or maybe it’s just my FOMO and that I just want to sit in on their morning stand ups or post more relevant things in the tech channel – not just a picture of me drinking cocktails on my day off (yes I thought that would be a good way to wheedle my way into the team… I was on a bottomless brunch at the time and the strawberry daiquiri told me it would be a great idea…)

 

Anyhoo, I’ve said women in STEM so many times that some of them decided to help me achieve this – luckily none of them have asked me if I know what it stands for yet *sets reminder to google it later*. 

 

Dream about (bed)bugs tonight

So this week I’m starting a course that has been recommended by one of the team and because we’re both in the office on Mondays we’re going to complete it together. Another person has taken my incomprehensible notes and ideas about what I want to try and do and is putting them together as a coherent development plan that even I can understand. I’m also going to be helping with debugging and testing with an upcoming feature/release (at least I think that’s what they call it – I’m yet to get my jargon down).

 

We are the weirdos, mister

Basically working at DeadHappy is super cool, I’ve put myself out there, with a subject I have no idea about and I have been taken seriously – well as seriously as someone can be taken who dresses as a teenager from the 90s. I’m in an environment where growth in new areas is welcomed, where we can interact with each other because we’re not confined to departments and just have bloody lovely people around us who will, at the drop of a hat, tell you that John is talking about Firewalls and not a Cardi-B song…

Speed

My startup adventure started as a fully remote endeavour in early 2021, a little before remote working became the norm. There were no long onboarding processes, no one was talking at me about the short-term plan or long-term business vision over a board room table. Instead, I dove right in, meeting most of the team by day two and making myself comfortable submitting merge requests. People had lots of ideas, and there was never any shortage of work, so we had to be ruthless when it came to prioritising. I was constantly learning new things from cloud infrastructure to new ways of building stuff. My GitLab contributions shows a fast-paced world:

Contributions I made in the last year.

Coming from an environment of large-scale organisations it felt different; the best way for me to describe it is being on a speed boat compared to a cruise ship. It is a fun place to be.

Change

A startup will usually be a smaller sized company than what you are used to, so the work you are doing plays a huge part in the growth of the company. Hence, your ideas are just as, if not more, valuable. Suddenly, your work goes from being a small part of a larger goal to being the ACTUAL goal.

Knowledge

This is one of the biggest advantages of working at a small company. When decisions need to be made about what to focus on next, we group up to prioritise the work as a team. I learned a lot about growing a business, hiring, and creating technical roadmaps because people are willing to have these discussions with one and other, whereas in a larger organisation I did not have the opportunity to do so.

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Next

Here’s for the most exciting bit (for me, at least): we are on this, journey together. Being part of a great team where we all look towards the same goal, makes we look forward to the times ahead and help the business grown. Having never been part of a journey like this, I plan to embrace it and learn as much as I can while helping others learn as well.

Summary

If you have the opportunity to join a startup give it a go, take the leap! In my experience, it can only help you to grow, learn and become better at what you do.