Joseph Timmer: Maker
I like using code to solve real problems that I've had (and other people's problems for $$).
I think that any application that monetizes you spending as much time in the app as possible is shit.
Technology should be optimized for humans, and prioritizing less in-app time needed to get the job done is so right now.
I make things on paper - poetry + journaling.
I make things in the garden - cozy physical spaces, vegetables, and such.
I make things on the computer - but try to keep it out of my life otherwise.
Writing: I write as a way to grow and process the things that are naturally occupying my mind. This is often in the form of journaling, but for things that I find particularly interesting, I will turn it into a poem. These writings will range from technical topics to gardening strategies, but they will all have some philosophical abstract which drives my writing about concrete things. I believe that thinking time is something we are loosing quickly in the battle for our attention driven by the internet. Personally, I have attempted to optimize my device use and have thought quite a bit about it here. The goal of this silliness is to create as much space as possible to ponder things. This means that when I go the bathroom, I do not have a device to pull out and spend my attention, but I get to think about things, like parenting, and how to write better css.
Work: I dropped out of college in 2009 and spent the following summer selling pest control door-to-door. Motivated from door-to-door sales as an introvert, I quickly began brainstorming on what I could be working on next. I was lucky enough to get into programming food sorting equipment through my father's business. In this time, I continued to ponder how to spend 80% of my work life in my sweet spot. This eventually led me to programming for the web, and I've been stuck :) ever since.
AdvicePay [2017 - now]
I joined the AdvicePay team after seeing Alan Moore's vision for the company and desparate need for some help building a scalable web application. The initial product had been built in Go, which I had been wanting to try. I got to work with Matt Rosentrater who bore with me as I got up to speed in a new tech stack. We launched the product after a couple months cleaning things up, and I've been helping grow the team and guide the product ever since. We've made some big shifts (mongo -> SQL), and I've been continually impressed with a non-technical person's (alan) intuition and space to allow the dev team to build a robust product.
Bethel Music [2015 - 2017]
I had a fantasic time building rails applications for the Bethel family of companies. They are a scrappy group of people trying to do big things and taking lots of risks along the way. I had a fantastic team that helped to quickly grow my arhcitecural thinking as it relates to building scalable applications. Seth Davis [TODO - link?] is a gem, and I can't recommend him highly enough. John Burtness managed our small team and created an environment without limits. This will always be a picture of what a small team can produce when the environment is right.
NewBOS Partners [2014 - 2015]
NewBOS took a chance on me when I was fresh out of a Dev Bootcamp, and I was delighted to build actual tools for real people. This was a short-lived opportunity as I was the first primary web developer on the team and quickly saw my inadequacy and need for mentoring. I credit Jeff White for my spark in the industry, hiring me when I needed it, and I hope some value was created for the organization through my time there.
Loring Industries [2009 - 2014]
Working with family is a wonderful and terrifying experience. I'm extremely grateful for this time as it had zero structure and forced me to think like an entreprenuer if I was going to provide any value to the business. My father taught me that no job is too small and lived out humility in the workplace. My sister taught me to stand tough and to do the right thing, even when the whole world seems against you.