I am not just a software developer

Yes:

  • I do have degrees in Computer Science
  • I do have a strong appreciation for logic
  • I have written a lot of code
  • And I have worked on numerous software applications, systems, ‘startups’, Startups, companies and business ventures over the course of my life

But I am not just a developer.

So please don’t be surprised when I tell you that:

  • I don’t want to work on your new website
  • I don’t want to join your founding team
  • And I don’t want to help you build Uber for X or AirBnB for Y

Because I am not just a developer.

And I know how desperate you are for quality technical talent but:

  • I really don’t want to hear your brilliant idea
  • I don’t really want equity in your non-existent company
  • And I won’t prematurely sign your extremely generic NDA

Because I am not just a developer.

Furthermore, please note that:

  • I will most likely reject your LinkedIn request
  • I may never reply to your email
  • I don’t want to send you my CV
  • I might never schedule that phone call with you
  • And I sure as hell am not interested in that ‘exciting opportunity at an innovative company, with a competitive salary’

Because I am not just a developer.

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t automatically get excited by

  1. The latest programming languages
  2. Catchy acronyms
  3. Technical buzzwords
  4. .io domain names, Or
  5. The currently most hyped up Javascript frameworks

Because I am not just a developer.

Believe it or not:

  • I actually want to solve real-world problems
  • I too have my own dreams, goals, and ambitions
  • And a large part of me really wants to work on something meaningful

Because I am not just a developer.

What I am is:

  • An actual human being, not just a human resource
  • An autonomous, self-aware, living, breathing, thinking entity, not just some sort of deterministic automaton
  • An individual with a full name, a history, and a future, who really detests being referred to as a ‘dev’

Why?

Because I am not just a developer.

#T4aM

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