Co-worker who blew you away with their technical skills?

May 25, 2019 20 Comments

I work at a startup and we hired a new grad a few months ago. This kid may lack experience but as far as his coding, design and architecture skills are concerned, he is better if not at par with staff and senior level engineers. It's almost awkward at times when he correctly identifies flaws in design of even architects who came from companies like Netflix and Facebook. I once asked him if he has tried to get into established companies like Google and he said he has no interest in joining those as he has already saved enough from his mobile apps to retire if he wants to.

Any similar stories?

Edit: one thing I forgot to mention is that he is only 26 but he started coding when he was 12 as his parents were also engineers and supported his passion from an early age. Not only is he really bright but also very down to earth and respectful without any hint of arrogance.


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TOP 20 Comments
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    John Carmack
    May 25, 2019 0
  • Microsoft fsda
    how do I become like him?
    May 25, 2019 4
    • You need to have parents like his parents or you become like his parent and let your kids become like him. LoL
      May 26, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng

      Facebook Eng

      Everyday: Read at least 1 book, wake up at 5am, run for an hour, healthy breakfast, 2 hours of gym, meditation for an hour, buy your own groceries, cook your own meals, clean your home, paint/sculpt for an hour, take long showers, spend few hours alone in nature without gadgets, sleep at least 8 hours. Don't forget to brush and floss.
      May 26, 2019
  • Amazon undertaker
    Yeah, its me. And i made blind. I can see all your identities.
    May 25, 2019 1
    • Facebook hphpd
      "They trust me, dumb fucks"
      May 26, 2019
  • Apple / Eng

    Apple Eng

    Just an another engineer. Hoping to find a few friends here :)
    May 25, 2019 0
  • Intel / Eng CoryP
    That's awesome
    May 25, 2019 0
  • Gap / Eng randUser
    And it seems like he's not cocky or a dick about it too. That's truly amazing, lucky you to work with him. Try to learn from him!
    May 25, 2019 1
    • eBay dtbnvz
      Not cocky at all. Infact, he is quick to own up to his mistakes and has gone out of his way several times to help others.
      May 25, 2019
  • Google todamoon
    nice! I had a coworker like that at a previous startup. he was a bit awkward at times but great engineer.
    May 25, 2019 0
  • F5 Networks ignax
    What apps out of interest?
    May 25, 2019 2
    • eBay dtbnvz
      He has over a dozen and refuses to put ads in any of them. Majority of revenue is from donations and in apps purchases. They are around productivity, Fitness and calendaring.
      May 25, 2019
    • New


      Bank of America
      The category of apps this person has built shows he values self-discipline. That must be a good reason for his growth. Not spending hours on blind.
      May 26, 2019
  • Apple VgahFff23
    If your coworkers didn’t... you might want to plan to switch jobs soon. I’ve been lucky in my career almost all jobs I took had at least one person that fit the description. Some had great soft skills. The one time it didn’t happen... team was utter shit. Felt like I was lied to during the interview.
    May 25, 2019 0
  • I want to work with him!
    May 25, 2019 1


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