My Name Is Justin Weiss — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

justin weiss WIJ

I was three years old when my mom first brought home a computer for work. Back then, having a computer meant you also had to program it. As I got older, I wrote my own programs, mostly for games. I read instruction manuals on how to write your own software. I loved sharing that software with friends, changing each other’s code to make it better. Read more…

My Name Is Jennifer Fish — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Jennifer Fish WIJ

I was probably the only child who had a filing cabinet in her bedroom growing up. And most likely the only one who jotted down notes in her daily planner. You see, I love to plan. Everything I do, I set a plan for it and have done so for most of my life. I spent most of my childhood as a competitive gymnast, so there was plenty to keep track of. Read more…

My Name Is Greg White — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Greg White

I was 10 years old when I first played the bass. From that first note, I was hooked. I would get home from school and practice for hours. I would play well into the night (or at least until my family asked me to stop so they could get some sleep). Eventually, I found other musicians to play with, occasionally jamming at local venues — funk, jazz, rock, metal, you name it.   Read more…

My Name Is Bryan McCarty — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Bryan McCarty

When I was 15 years old, I became a bit obsessed with Jones Soda. If you are not familiar, it is a quirky beverage company that offers unique drink flavors in a cool glass bottle. But what really captivated me were the labels, which featured photos sent in by real-life customers. Though I could not articulate why at the time, I was inspired. Read more…

My Name Is Susie Boyer — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Susie Boyer Why I Joined Aha!

When I turned 30, I made it a goal to summit the highest point of the 48 contiguous U.S. states within the next 10 years. I celebrated achieving that goal (plus one) at the highest point in Hawaii, Mauna Kea, on my 40th birthday. As I write this, I am packing for a trip to Alaska. And while I do not plan to attempt Denali, I will feel an extra sense of accomplishment when I can say I have been to all 50 states. Read more…

My Name Is Jonathan Steel — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

jonathan steel why I joined Aha!

“A high-growth software company where I can stay close to the customer.” The hiring managers asked me what kind of company I saw myself working for and I gave this response. This was a number of years ago, before I joined Aha! The panel smiled knowingly before replying that those jobs simply do not exist — not everybody gets to work with customers. While that may be true in some organizations, I knew that it would never be true for me. Read more…

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

Daniel Davis Aha!

It started with hand-drawn comic books. Most starred my dogs, but the occasional space pirate made an appearance. Although I loved writing and drawing as a kid, as I got older, I found my aptitude for math pulling me towards the technical and pushing me further from the creative path. So in college, I pursued computer science — at first. Read more…

My Name Is Todd Meyer — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Todd Meyer Aha

For as long as I can remember, three questions have guided how I look at most things in the world. How does this work? Why do we do it this way? Could we do it better? As a kid, I spent hours taking apart electronics (small radios, flashlights, whatever could be disassembled with a screwdriver and determination) to learn how they worked, why they worked that way, and to see if my tinkering could make them better. Read more…

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 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…