Anthony Thomas tells us how he made the leap from manufacturing to starting a tech team at Sticker Mule. He explains why your first developer is so critical to your founding team.
"We have an operational background. We have to figure out the software design and development component."
"I always regretted not learning how to code."
"To be good at anything you need to work at it relentlessly for a few years."
"If you’re starting your company and not already technical, you have more important things to work on."
"I try to learn as much as I can and gain a deeper appreciation of software development."
"There’s not always high impact things to do. During my downtime I try to pick up as many things as I can."
"The less clear something is, the longer it’s going to take to develop."
"The more simple and concrete it is, generally the easier it’s going to be to figure out how to implement."
"I went to @rpi and I think that school just gives you a deep appreciation for engineering."
"We had a similar perspective on the importance of simplicity and the importance of a good UX."
"Really smart engineers want to be around other really smart engineers and want to avoid more mediocre ones."
"If you do bring a B player onboard, the work they do becomes part of your code for the foreseeable future."
"I put a lot of effort into saving our developers’ time by explaining things clearly and concisely."