May 4th, 2012 my college experience came to an end. It was an incredibly fun ride (who doesn’t enjoy college?), but little did I know the real fun and excitement was about to begin. After a couple of interviews, a few phone calls and a short internship, I was honored to be invited to join the Mightybell team by founder Gina Bianchini. And on July 9th, 2012 I officially became a Software Engineer at Mightybell and started the first day of my professional career.
It’s barely been nine months and already I’ve done so much. I have worn several hats beyond developer and learned more about applications, web development and business to suffice for a few years of education. There is plenty to write about, and I assure you that I will. For now though, I want to give a brief overview of Mightybell and our goals.
Mightybell was founded by Gina Bianchini in late 2010. It has gone through a couple iterations, starting off with v1 called Mightybell Steps. Currently, Mightybell has transformed into a group platform creating the first truly connected network of intimate communities. Here is an excerpt from our blog:
Our mission at Mightybell is to bring people together in small, intimate communities around their interests, passions and goals. We believe at the heart of intimate communities is the “us” that happens with shared experiences.
Inspired by this mission, we have been tirelessly building and refining our product to be the best out there for facilitating intimate communities and very soon, networks of communities. We recently partnered with Lean In to power Lean In Circles via Mightybell. So far we have seen outstanding success and growth of Lean In, as well as with groups using Lean In Circles on Mightybell. It has been an awesome and rewarding experience thus far, and with our upcoming feature releases things are going to start to get very interesting, very quickly. I’m excited to continue working with the rest of the talented team at Mightybell: Matteo Melani, Addison Brickey and Mike Thompson, as we continue to iterate and build upon our platform.
Today I went on a bike ride with a good buddy of mine, Logan Dwight. We were riding up the Lands End Trail when we decided to take a break at this nice little pocket where there were some benches surrounding a stone pillar. Lo and behold we stumbled upon on this fantastic monument. It was originally created by a Calligrapher and Buddhist monk named Bundo Shunkai. The structure is entitled “Great Nature” and the inscription reads as follows:
“We are grateful, as we stand facing this monument, for the infinite gifts of heaven and earth. We recognize once again the true fundamental of the human soul that pursues the truth, implements the good, creates beauty, and renews his will to step forward. This way brings about peace in mind and on earth by mutual understanding, encouragement and help. It was in this spirit that this monument was built.
April 1, 1984
In recognition of the continued quest for world peace by all people”
This is really resonated with me when I first read it. It seemed so fitting that such a simple and yet beautiful notion would be sitting on a trail for passerbyers to discover. It was also a wonderful reminder of everything I’ve accomplished so far, and how much more I still need to do to leave my mark on the world and make it a better place than when I first arrived. I plan on returning to this monument on a regular basis to make sure I never forget what truly matters, these four ideals that encompass the quest for world peace: Strive for truth, do good, create something great, and always move forward.
Welcome to my new site! A plain vanilla WordPress blog at the moment. I’ve been wanting to redesign it for over eight months now. The sad thing is, it never happens. I’ve also been wanting to start blogging for about the same amount of time. My logic up until now has been to wait to start writing until after my site redesign was complete. However, my life has been quite awesomely hectic with such things as finishing school, moving to San Francisco, and starting a new job in Palo Alto. All these wonderful things that take time away from me working on a design and yet are full of great content to write about.
I’ve finally started to approach my site and my blogging the same way I do everything else: through iteration. With v3.0.1 I’m taking the first steps towards a new site. Starting with the part that matters most, allowing me to get my thoughts written down in 1s and 0s and publishing them for anyone to come and read. Now I have no excuse to not write about my work and observations.