My Name Is Claire George — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Claire George Aha!

Language has always fascinated me. It is a tool for communication that allows people to convey their ideas, needs, and wants. I studied modern languages (French and Japanese) at university — it gave me a deep appreciation of what it takes to understand others and made me more intentional about how I communicate in English as well. Read more…

My Name Is Nathaniel Collum — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

nathaniel collum why i joined aha

It was my first year of high school. I was doing fine scholastically, but I did not yet have a passion — my “thing.” So I decided to pursue two things that genuinely interested me at the time: the soccer team and the school musical. Turns out, I am really bad at soccer. But I did get the lead in the high school musical. Read more…

My Name Is Daniel Rodriguez — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

daniel rodriguez why i joined aha

I thought it would be temporary. It was a freelance job as a web developer, helping a former co-worker build a social network for musicians. That first freelance opportunity turned into another and another. I enjoyed experiencing and learning from the diversity of companies, projects, and people that I worked with. Before I knew it, “temporary” turned into six years. Read more…

My Name Is Joseph Antrosio — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Joseph Antrosio Aha!

I have always been curious, especially about assumptions that are built into technology and systems and how they can be broken. My father instilled this in me at an early age. It has been a driving force throughout my life — peeling back the layers to discover why things are the way they are, how things work, and where things could break. But I quickly learned one important rule. Read more…

My Name Is Steven Petryk — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Steven Petryk

It started with a trip to the bookstore. As a kid, I had always enjoyed tinkering with things. So when I spotted a book on web design, I was intrigued. I asked my mom if we could buy it and immediately began devouring the content. It was amazing. I could not believe that this information was freely accessible to anyone. And I loved it. Read more…

My Name Is Tim Davis — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Tim Davis Aha! product management

I am obsessed with baseball.* Anyone who knows me can vouch for this. Unfortunately, I blew out my arm throwing when I was 18, which made playing the sport impossible. So I started watching and following professional games. Soon after, my love for our national pastime merged with my love of numbers. I started developing advanced algorithms for my college team. I still do this for fun today — mainly for the Cubs.

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My Name Is Claudia Petren — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Claudia Petren

Art was always my favorite subject in school. Throughout my education, I had incredible mentors and teachers. During college, I was able to share these lessons with other students while working for a local non-profit called Generation Communication (GenCom, for short). At GenCom, I led high school students in creating social impact projects, such as recycling awareness and anti-smoking posters for other non-profits.

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My Name Is Stephen Becker — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Stephen Becker Aha! Ruby on Rails developer

I like solving a problem. To me, this means creating with a purpose. Legos, birdhouses, dinner — the format does not matter. What I enjoy is building and learning something new so that I can build more and learn more.

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My Name Is Bonnie Trei — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Bonnie Trei product manager

Teams are important to me. Growing up as an only child, I created “teams” of friends. I was fascinated by people who had backgrounds and strengths that were different from my own. My teams were incredibly diverse. This taught me the importance of building community and helped to develop a strong sense of empathy from an early age.

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My Name Is Rachele Arambula — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Rachele Arambula

I have a passion for helping others succeed. It started with my father — he owns his own business and regularly puts in 12-hour days. Even more than his tireless work ethic, I admired his genuine desire to help others and treat people with respect.

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My Name Is Amy Woodham — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Amy Woodham product manager

My first coach was my grandmother. Her work ethic inspired me to push hard to achieve my goals, from competitive swimming starting when I was 8 years old to putting myself through college. Over the years, I have been blessed to benefit from the guidance of many mentors. Even my husband and two small children are coaches in their own way, keeping me grounded and focused on the right priorities.

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My Name Is Randy Ayers — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Randall Ayers Aha! product management

My compass is always pointing towards the next goal. Self-learning web development as a kid, becoming the first college graduate in my family, my passion today for mountaineering — I never stop exploring. There is always a more challenging summit to reach, so I like to push myself further and further in all aspects of life.

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My Name Is Taylor Le — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Taylor Le

I love learning about the origins of language and how it shapes the world. Reading the work of people from all different backgrounds provides unlimited perspectives and opportunities to grow. In college, I took every type of literature, writing, linguistics, grammar, and editing course that I possibly could.

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My Name Is Tom Bailey — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

I have always been interested in making, building, or fixing something. This interest led to a variety of summer jobs as I was working through school — from bartending to renovating houses. Each experience served me later on as a product manager. My favorite though, was my summer job working as a ferryman on the Helford River in Cornwall, England. It turned out this role had many parallels to product management.

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My Name Is Steve Dagless — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Steve Dagless

I have always known that the pursuit of money for money’s sake will ultimately result in unhappiness. My parents taught me these values. The messages were clear — if you value something, work hard, and make informed choices, then you will create opportunities that deliver intrinsic value.

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