Colin Godsey

Boulder, Colorado, US

Colin's Skills
Technical
Programming
Product Management
Finance
Management
Marketing
Sales
Background

Startup Experience

First time founder

Age Group

25-35

About Colin

Born in the startup realm, I have proven experience in greenfield development, an architectural prowess, and an unfettered hunger for success.

I am a software engineer by trade, but a researcher, explorer and tinkerer at heart. I pursue the excitement that I now know only comes from true innovation and solution- from providing something new and clever... from finding the hidden value and opportunity in the world right before our eyes.

Fail fast, fail often. We don't have much time. Finding opportunity is hard, creating opportunity is pointless.

Clichés aside, I believe there's infinite value in a good idea and nothing is more exciting. I crave challenge and experience, always looking back fondly on everything I've learned and overcome. I know that some day I'll be on the front lines, helping to pull substance from the ether.

My proven strengths are in software engineering, research, digital marketing and network/software/solutions architecture. My passions are in computing, mathematics, electronics, chemistry, biology and horticulture. I'm comfortable working in a white box, a black box or a silo.

My introduction to programming was through digital gaming- even before high school I was learning linear algebra because it was a necessity to 3D gaming. Programming has always been a means to and end for me- it was a way to make things happen, to solve problems, to entertain... the plaster used to sculpt what was desired. My professional life has been pushing me towards the precipice, making me realize why I program- to succeed. Ultimately, an effort wasted without a path to a success. I need to fall in love with a product and truly believe its path.

Research: I love research and often find myself buried in papers and articles related to some side-project or effort that I've decided to take on. It's easy to describe yourself as a fast learner- but I'm an aggressive learner. A compulsive learner. I'm uncomfortable in a situation where I don't know roughly how everything functions. If I see an interesting heat exchanger in a garage or warehouse I haven't seen, I will explore. I've wandered into construction sites to see exactly how they do form-work. I've been on an island before with internet, and set out to find the marine backbone cable that carried it. I can not think of one job in my entire adult life that hasn't led to similar situations, with no insatiable desire to figure out every part of the company.

Industries: I'm interested in moving into a market that deals with more hard science. I have always loved chemistry, mathematics, mechanics and biology. In my personal life I tend to take on insane side-projects to keep me satisfied in these areas.

Quote

I actually think that I'm a rather optimistic and happy person; it's just that I'm not a very positive person, if you see the difference. - Linus Torvalds

Certification

Functional Programming Principles in Scala

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Coursera

Principles of Reactive Programming

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Coursera

Network+

CompTIA