Why I’m Getting A Dev Job

Ben Buie | 5/29/13

The last three weeks have been absolutely crazy. I had family in town for graduation on the 10th, and then had them come back for the newest addition to our family on the 20th, Little Bryton. Finally the dust has settled and I’m now deep in the job hunt.

One of the questions I’m getting a lot is why I want to code when I have a strong background in business. In the future, I’ll just send them a link to this post.

I’ve always known I want to build and launch startups. When it came time to choose an undergrad major I figured that business was what wannabe entrepreneurs studied. An undergrad in business led me to get and MBA because I wanted a graduate degree that would give me the maximum amount of time to focus on a startup. Not that an MBA is easy, just that my business background made many things a review and the program at CU allowed me to get class credit for building a business.

Unfortunately, that business failed and I had to decide my next move.

About a year into the MBA it became very apparent that the best tech entrepreneurs have hardcore coding or design skills (there are some exceptions). I’ve done the coding and design for all my startups and for several clients, but most of it has been learned as I go. Now I’m looking to take my skills to the next level, particularly my coding skills.

So, I have 3 to 5 years to become an expert. Who knows where my career will take me in the future, but at least I know my next step.

About the Author

Ben currently works as a contract web developer and business consultant in Boulder, Colorado.

His passion for entrepreneurship led him to study business and learn to code. Although he never anticipated working on the web, Ben has spent the past 9 years learning everything he could about building and operating websites and web assets.

When not at work, Ben spends a lot of his time with family. He is married to a “beautiful” woman and they are raising 4 energetic boys. In his spare time he loves keeping up with technology, playing guitar, eating Sweet Cow ice cream, and painting (although he has very little time for painting these days). Other than that, Ben is a supporter of freedom and liberty, a fluent speaker of Russian, and he tries to be a humble follower of Jesus.

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