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.
As Women’s History month comes to a close, I wanted to take a quick moment to acknowledge the many women in my life who have had an enormous impact on me. The majority of what I have learned about business, leadership, and just how to be a good human in general, I have learned from women. The last one I still have a ways to go. With that in mind, this is not intended to be a treatise on how we empower women in the workplace or create a more diverse workforce in tech, as I do not have the answers nor am I qualified to give them. Any answers I might have were provided to me by some very smart women. I also acknowledge that while HarperDB is very diverse culturally, we have a ways to go on the gender diversity front. Instead this is just intended to be an acknowledgement of the powerful role women have played in shaping my life, leading me, and guiding me to where I am today.