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Why I’ve joined GitPrime

Posted by John Witchel on Feb 6, 2017

 

I’ve always looked for opportunities in my career where I can make a big impact. But to me, more important than just making an impact, is to make an impact in areas that I care about.

I deeply care about software engineering. I love the software development process. I love the people who devote their lives to making amazing products out of code. This industry has been very good to me, and I have made many friends along the way.

I also see a lot of pain and frustration on the faces of my colleagues.

I’ve been there myself. As a developer for most of my career I know the pain of sleepless nights, waking up in a cold sweat, wondering if the release is on track.

Or the annoyance of constantly shoulder-tapping my team for a status update. I dread inevitable interruption to an engineer who was in the zone. Or probably worse, neglecting an engineer that I didn’t realize was stuck.

And then, of course, the relentlessness of managing stakeholders. How many times did I have to present at a board or e-staff meeting, hoping that my song and dance about how things are going will have the same weight as the CFO or CRO, wishing for something more substantive than a story and some qualitative slides.

There’s a better way

I believe that GitPrime is uniquely positioned to solve a lot of problems that software teams face.

It’s been long held that software engineering is more art than science and it can’t be measured. So many people in our industry think ‘that’s just the way it is.’

I don’t believe it.

I believe Linus's Law, that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” I believe this problem is solvable.

Opening the black box

When I co-founded Prosper, I believed the inequity in lending could be corrected with transparency & visibility. Our aim was to move lending as a whole toward greater social justice—to create a new way of borrowing money that was fairer and more just.

Today, I still carry a lot of that sentiment. My hope for GitPrime is that we can bring sunshine into the black box of software engineering. Like my experiences with Prosper, if we can shine light and visibility into a complex process, the process will lead to a deeper understanding that is ultimately more fair and reasonable for all participants.

Trying to make a difference in something that I love is all I can ask for in a career.

John Witchel
February 2017

 

Topics: Inside GitPrime, Perspectives in Engineering

John Witchel

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John co-founded Prosper and has led technical teams for 20+ years. He is now the President/COO of GitPrime.

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