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EVNTR IS AN ATLANTA-BASED STARTUP FOR CREATING & FINDING LOCAL EVENTS.  I JOINED AS THE FOUNDING TECHNICAL TEAM MEMBER AND BROUGHT THE MOBILE APP IDEA FROM PROTOTYPE TO THE IOS APP STORE.

 

 


EVNTR APP

After graduating early with an electrical engineering undergrad degree, I started exploring startup opportunities in Atlanta and came across Evntr.  Evntr offered me a spot on their founding team as the technical talent at the table.  At Evntr, I was responsible for everything technical and also managed the product development.  During my 8 months on the team, I brought the app from inception through a beta period, to v1.0 on the App Store, and through multiple updates.  I also produced a handful of blog posts, a developer's challenge for new talent, and assets for the app.

Evntr provided me with my first taste of what it looks like to create a startup.  Cliches such as "Fake it til you make it" and "at a startup, you wear many hats" rang so true.  Prior to accepting this position, I had completed only a handful of iOS development tutorials on the web.  I learned iOS development as I went and learned how to design under extreme time pressure.  Ultimately, I was able to successfully deliver an MVP by summer (after starting in February) that I was extremely proud of.

 

ROLE LEAD IOS DEVELOPER AND DESIGNER

IMPACT earned & RELEASED iOS APp with Over 3k APP UNITS

SKILLS IOS DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, UX DESIGN, SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

 

 

Our screenshots on the App Store.  Designed by Tara

 

During my time at Evntr, I intentionally set aside some time to reflect on my experiences.  I published my thoughts on Medium.

 

Lessons From Launching My First App

Why I Quit* the Startup Life

 

 

iOS APP DEV

Prior to Evntr, I had almost no experience developing professional iOS apps.  The extent of my experience was 3 weeks at ThreeWill as an intern just to get a taste and reading through a book on the fundamentals of iOS development.  I was responsible for all of the technical work - from figuring out the backend (built using Parse) to the over 15000 lines of Objective-C I had to write to create the app.  I was in over my head, but I was able to deliver a working MVP just in time for summer and it was a blast.

 

UX DESIGN


Over my 8 months at Evntr, I had to play the role of a UX designer countless times.  I had no formal training in design (this was just before I joined the MS-HCI program at Tech), so it was a really tough challenge.  Most of the design work was done on the fly, while more challenging design decisions were discussed with our part-time graphic designer.   More details to come.  

 

STARTUP EXPERIENCE

Evntr was my first venture into the world of startups.  I now feel more comfortable in a startup atmosphere and realized that I'm at my best in a role that allows me to wear many hats.  At Evntr, I explored and helped out in other areas of the startup along with my main focus on development.  A couple of summers prior, I had worked at Siemens as an intern for the VP of Business Development for the Smart Grid Division.  I loved the people, but the size of the company felt like it constrained rather than enabled me.  

I learned an incredible amount at Evntr that I could have never picked up in a book.  But I have also learned so much from the books I've read & podcasts I follow:  Venture Deals, Startup, How to Start a Startup, 20 Minute VC, Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series, etc.

Growing up, I've always been around the startup world.  My dad founded ThreeWill back in 2001 and still serves as its President & CEO today.  Through his example, he has shown me that living a balanced life and working (or even running a startup) can go together.  Evntr prepared me for my next startup experience at Roadie