This post is another by InRhythm’s own Sari Morninghawk. For the full post and additional links, check out the original “Hello Web Development! Or Why I Started Coding (Part III)” on her website.
After a good three-year run, I left my first job at the financial company. Good-bye software application development and hello web development! I went to a startup that was making large websites for corporations. This was a very new thing. When I took my first job, there were less than 3,000 websites in the world. To put this in perspective, today there are over 1.3 billion websites. By the time I went to my first startup job, there were over 2 million websites and a finite number of engineers who knew how to code them. We web developers had to make it up as we went along, but since my first job was way over my head, especially at first, thinking on my feet was my modus operandi.
There were about 35-40 people working at the startup, eight women if I remember correctly; only two of us were in tech. The other six women were in sales and design. I was a web engineer and the other female techie was a system administrator, just out of high school. I was an old lady at 30 years old. My boss was the only one older than me; he must have been in his forties, a very old man in this industry at this time. Everyone else was a twenty-something, including the two founders.