I was recently brought on by 29k as a software developer to work on our app. You might be surprised to hear, however, that I’m educated as a molecular biologist. In fact, my original plan was to stay in academia and continue as a researcher. But, as I progressed through my degree, it became evident that my capacity to make meaningful contributions here was limited. So, I decided to leave. Having to come to terms with the reality that my last five years studying to become a molecular biologist may all have been for nothing was an incredibly difficult thing to do. But I asked myself, ‘what can I do that the world really needs?’. Certainly not another mediocre researcher.
Having tinkered a lot with software development on the side, this was, realistically speaking, my only option. But I promised myself then, as I did five years ago, that whatever I’d end up doing, I would only do it if it was meaningful to me and I could clearly state why it was meaningful. I so desperately wanted to do good things, but didn’t know how, or even what those ‘good things’ were. 29k helped me put that inchoate feeling into actual, concrete words that resonated with me. They provided a platform for me to do meaningful work. So, having found a ‘why’, I decided to join them. At first, I was somewhat perplexed that they chose me, having zero professional experience in software development, over other, probably more technically capable, candidates. It soon became clear, though, that everyone at 29k are driven by principle. They espouse the same values as I do, and they value the person over the skill. And like me, they believe that the world can, and must, do better with regards to what we value as a society. But a better world starts with you – the individual. An individual is not just a useless and isolated needle in a haystack, but a node in a vast network; your actions matter. That’s why personal growth is important. That’s my ‘why’.
It might be difficult to tell but I’m currently brimming with excitement! Many think of 29k as an app, and even internally we often speak of it as such. But 29k is so much more than an app and there’s a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes, so stay tuned!
Talk to you soon,