I've had an interesting journey into the world of running a software business. At first, I was averse to getting into computers, although I grew up with them and built my own computer in my early years which I also used for some basic programming. I did always like electronics, math, and physics, and so when it came time to decide what I wanted to do for my career I turned towards that field and decided I was going to become an electrician. Unfortunately, my timing wasn't the best, and for better or worse I did not get a job as an electrician but instead as a engineer technician at a company that designs grid automation software and builds the server environment that hosts it.
This threw me more or less into the world of computers and I found my passion quickly in linux, shell, networking, and hardware. I picked it up all very easily, and decided I should pursue an education in it. I moved on from that company to a more network/operations centric company that managed data centers, where my hardware training intensified with advanced networks, firewalls, servers, and redundancy/failsafe best practices.
As I dived deeper into the hardware world, I moved on to a very IT focused position that had me exposed to a more development and product engineer position. Again, I was enraptured with these new processes, and I forewent my hardware passion and I replaced it with software development.
I climbed the ranks quickly and I moved from developer to a more product developer/manager role into a senior developer role.
After that, I had time to reflect on my career and how I progressed. I realized that not only had I become an expert in hardware and administration, but I also had immersed myself into software and found it my passion. I decided that with this unique spread of talent I would be able to start a business, and so I did.
I started Little Acorn in April 2016. The name was born from a quote:
"Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow"
What I Do
Most days, I do a mix of server management, tweaking, and data driven analysis. I move on to product design, development, testing, review, and enhancement. I thoroughly enjoy the Laravel framework and have also taken great interest in Vue. I'm very fluent in AWS and it's suite of products and analytical tools.
Since I handle the day to day operations of Little Acorn, I also perform the following:
- Accounting, Finance and Budgeting
- Business Management, Analysis, and Research
- Advertising, Marketing, and Outreach
- Sales, Lead Acquisition, Estimates and Proposals
- Customer Service, Technical Support, and Consultation
- Anything Else
I enjoy a break from the technical world, I believe this has always greatly strengthened my creativity with a fresh clean slate to come back with.
Some of my hobbies and passions outside of my technical expertise are disconnecting from technology entirely, including multi-day backpacking and hiking trips into our great National Parks in the United States and around the world.
I also greatly enjoy working with my hands on material items, this includes things such as blacksmithing, woodworking, and leatherwork. I feel that it's very important to practice these artistic interests in my life as it really helps me unleash my creativity, problem solving, and centers my mind.
Central to all this is spending time with my wife and family.