As the summer of 2019 approached, my urgency to find an internship heightened. Not just any internship- not a summer camp internship or a sales internship, not a“build your own business internship,” but a genuine and valuable internship that would expose me to real data and allow me to feel that I had truly contributed. When searching for such opportunities, positions for financial analysts at banks or credit unions appeared, as well as data analyst roles within companies of all sizes. All of these potential opportunities for the summer before my senior year of college provided me with food for thought between breaks from my research papers, econometrics classes, and even grading. It allowed me to ask myself questions like,“What can I do with my major? What will these roles entail on a day to day basis? Will the work be fun?”
Those that know me today may be shocked to hear that I was a quiet, shy, nerdy kid in high school. Well, at least the shy and quiet part, I probably still have the nerdy part covered.Back then, like most kids, I had no idea what I wanted to do in life.I liked playing with gadgets, but didn’t know how to turn that into a career. One day I heard an announcement about an interest meeting for the school’s robotics team and figured I’d check it out.It’s been over a decade since I walked into that classroom and I’m still involved with the team and the organization.
2018 was a very big year for HarperDB. We officially launched our product in February, we brought on our first customers, our team grew by 30% adding some incredible folks, and we have found some great traction in the transportation, telecom, and energy verticals. We have seen the IoT market mature and change from vision to reality. We are also extremely excited about 2019 and feel that it will be a pivotal year in the history of HarperDB.
There’s something truly special about working for HarperDB. I try to explain to my parents and friends from school about all the different experiences and new exposure I’ve gained, but it’s hard to put into words an entire summer filled with learning, designing, and completely leaving my comfort zone. Sitting in the office yesterday, I was listening to Kaylan and Stephen’s constant“witty banter” and I realized how much I’ll miss that along with Fred’s few spoken sentences a day and the overall easy going yet hardworking and determined atmosphere at HDB.