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Went to Dartmouth College, double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Economics, wrote my Masters thesis on mechanisms for creating uniformally distributed bi-disperse emulsions, was a mechanical engineer for a year, then applied for a job at a software company after realizing that's really my passion (friend of a friend worked there). Worked for them for almost 3 years. Now I've moved to Denver, started my own consultancy and my previous employer has hired me back as a remote contractor. I'm also working in the evenings on my own startup and hoping to launch a beta group in the next 6 months to a year.

Did you ever really fare well in Mechanical Engineering?

I did. I was one of the youngest people in the company (250+ person company) and worked in the R&D department. There were several rounds of layoffs in the year I worked there and I survived them all and was given a raise.

I simply found ME to be too slow on multiple dimensions.

I feel you. I had the same experience working as an ME in R&D and left for programming. What languages did you end up learning? What was your first?

I learned a little C in college, then taught myself Java in the evenings while working as a ME, then got the job and learned the C# .NET stack, and now my latest client is back to Java. I'm missing .NET terribly but luckily my startup uses it so I still get to stay up on it.

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