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.
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
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.
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.
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.