Working for startups can be an emotional rollercoaster, I’ve felt this way many times over the years. This is for many reasons but particularly because running a small business can be financially and emotionally draining for the founders, the team and families, particularly spouses.
In November after a ride to the bottom curve of the rollercoaster I was worried there would not be enough funds to finance the project going forward. While I wasn’t exactly looking for new work I saw a tweet by Tom Greever who tweeted Bitovi was hiring a designer (remote). At first I thought nothing of it because I felt content where I was, but after he tweeted a 2nd time about the position I thought hey this sounds potentially interesting and maybe I should apply. After some research into the company, their work and the team I was convinced to update my resume with recent work and sent it off to Tom.
A few weeks past and surprisingly Tom contacted me to set an interview time in December. The first interview would be a brief one-on-one with Tom where we chatted about work, projects, life and family. I guess the interview went well as I was scheduled for a 2nd interview in early January, this time with a few designers from the Bitovi team. The interview arrived and we did a run through of a couple of my recent projects, coding abilities, experience and skills. There was a Q&A about my experience and processes as well as some friendly chat about design and coding. I enjoyed meeting them and felt things went pretty well. Moving forward to February Tom asked me to submit a few personal references he could contact. I’m assuming those conversations went well as Tom said he’d like to offer me the job.
While considering the offer I went back to work in February with Propeller One. Despite sometimes being a rollercoaster I was happy working with the team at Propeller One. I enjoy the challenges of conceiving and building the product. I like working with Alex and the team at Vancouver Island Air. I believe in the product and want to see Propeller One succeed. However, I knew I needed to make this important decision. After discussing the offer with my wife we decided the position would be an excellent opportunity.
On March 1st I took the design position at Bitovi and am excited to work with the team of design and developers solving complex front-end engineering and UX design problems.
Thank you to Tom and the team at Bitovi for offering me the job. I look forward to our new adventures making the web a better place.
Thank you to Alex and the Propeller One team for 2 years of building a much needed software product for small airline operators.
Stay tuned for future updates.