Sam Sweeney - Senior Software Engineer @ Trivvy, Google, Uber, Wealthfront

David and Sam talk about working at Google, Uber, and Wealthfront, utilizing boring technology, how to practice for interviews and adding skills that will help you in the future.

Talking Points:
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • What Sam learned working at Google, Uber, and Wealthfront
  • Determining what tech stack to use
  • Learning from your mistakes
  • Practicing for interviews
Quotable Quotes:
  • “There's actually a talk online, I believe it was from an engineer from Etsy called 'Choose Boring Technology.'” - SS
  • “The most important lessons I've learned...are about being pragmatic in your choices of technology that you use to solve your problem.” - SS
  • “The main motivating principle throughout my career has been one of increasing optionality, of adding skills and experiences that brought in the possibility of what I'll be able to do in the future.” - SS
  • “If you go to work at a place like Google, if you're thoughtful about what you do and the way you approach your work, you have the ability to be successful at a large company.” - SS
  • “Always be thinking, what is the business product purpose of the tech, the technology that you're working on, and try to avoid getting swept away in the tech side of things.” - SS
  • “People now that are graduating from boot camps to the extent that you can, it's really important to try to find a company that understands what it's like to get a new graduate from a boot camp.” - SS
  • “The best way that you can practice for an interview is to do more interviews and expect the first 10, 20, or 5 to go very poorly and eventually you build up that skill set.” - SS
Notes:

Sam’s Business Website
https://www.trivvy.co/
Choosing Boring Technology Article
http://boringtechnology.club/