lessons learned

What I Learned by Quitting Amazon Web Services (AWS)

In January 2021 I thought I had finally made it. I had been hired by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Cloud Support Engineer II. Even though there had been a few red flags along the way, I told myself this was a pinnacle moment in my career. This company was even sending me a MacBook Pro! Most other companies would send out Windows laptops. Everything felt different about this role. It even felt like I had “made it.”

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3… 2… 1… Failure to Launch

In 2017 I was one-half of a small startup, here in Louisiana. A a new startup, we were going to join the ranks of companies that were ready to dream and create the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. At the time, smart mirrors were still homemade projects which relied on multidisciplinary hobbyists that understood framing, technology, and software engineering. As one might imagine, there are not many people that can combine all three requirements to create something that they may only use or a few times a day.

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