My First Week at RyppleBy Alex Ovesea on September 1, 2009 in @Rypple
Seeing as this is my first post, it’s only fitting that I properly introduce myself. My name is Alex Ovesea and I’m a fourth year Software Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. During the course of my studies, I immersed myself in Cognitive Science to feed my curiosity about, among other things, psychology, artificial intelligence and machine learning. With that said, I will spare you my autobiography, and instead paint you a picture of Rypple from my first week’s experience.
I hesitate to admit that when I think of a startup company, I think of a poorly lit garage, littered with empty coffee cups and pizza boxes. This idea quickly vanished when I entered Rypple’s offices. Besides several offices, there is a rather large conference room, a kitchen, and a gym in the building, which believe it or not, employees actually use! On a side note, I have yet to take advantage of the fact that the location is right on the subway line.
The first few days mostly involved the standard ramp up required to bring new team members up to speed with the technology, code base and company culture. This may seem mundane and boring to most, but it’s necessary and I didn’t mind. Each developer was happy to provide a crash course (no pun intended) about aspects of the system pertaining to their area of expertise. Towards the end of the week, I reached a personal milestone of doing my first code check-in. Regrettably, I broke the build. Twice!
Moving forward, I anticipate that these next few months to be filled with challenging, yet rewarding projects. I look forward to leaving my defining mark on a great organization.