How did you get into the startup industry?
I was approached by the founder of an IoT startup to join his team as the Director of Product after having provided him with a “crash-pad” at my home one evening (he had an early morning pitch to an investor in a neighbouring city, and needed a place to stay). As we hung out the night prior to his meeting we discussed our passions for technology and he got a glimpse into some of my tech projects I had been working on at home. Fortunately for me that made a big enough impression for him to make me an offer! Soon enough I had left my long term corporate gig in electronics engineering to endeavour into the world of startups, packed my bags and moved to Toronto!
Why did you join the Flybits team?
Flybits had been on my radar for sometime as a fast growing innovative Toronto company. A few years after first hearing of Flybits, I was looking for a change in my current role and to elevate my learning and surrounding peers. I did some personal research and was “wowed” by the advancement and innovation since I had first heard of Flybits. So I reached out to a friend who had formerly worked for Flybits and was instantly sold on the company and its culture (I got the inside scoop!). Flybits had a great alignment with some of my past work, so I applied for an open position as a Sales Engineer and the rest is history!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Originally I had always thought I would be an Architect. I spent days as a kid drawing buildings and designing “dream homes”. In my grade school art classes I would (try to) draw accurate depictions of famous structures from around the world. It wasn’t until later in high school that technology started to surface as my passion and led to the beginning of my career in electronics engineering.
What’s something great about Flybits you would have never known before working here?
THE PEOPLE. I have never been so impressed by such a talented group of people in every department and with such a vast set of subject matter expertise. Joining Flybits was daunting at first, but didn’t take long for that to fade and to truly appreciate being surrounded by such an amazing group of people from all over the world with so many unique stories, experiences, and life lessons to learn from. Not to mention how friendly everyone is and how easy it was to form new relationships and feel at home within the company.
If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or into the future?
Back in time for sure. Time is precious and our only true enemy. I try to live as much as I can in the present moment and be grateful for what I have today, not worry about the future!