I left a big bank to join an early startup, and I couldn't be happier!

I left a big bank to join an early startup, and I couldn't be happier!

The story of how I decided to move from my 10-year job at a bank to a young startup.

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Bruno Simplicio
·Oct 18, 2021·

3 min read

So I had a job as most people have. I commuted to the office, got my work done, and commuted back to my home. And I was on that journey for almost a decade. I had no problems with that, and I enjoyed my time there.

And then the pandemic hit us.

The company quickly sent everyone home to work remotely, but they were not expecting that, so we had a lot of trouble initially, but things got better later. As bad as a pandemic can be, I decided to take the time I used for commuting, and I started to study new things, and then I started freelancing.

So with freelancing, I was able to work with cool startups around the world and meet many great people. I really enjoyed that different way of working. Everything was being built and shipped quickly. Compared to my work at the bank, where we used to take weeks or even months to ship something, this fast-paced environment excited me a lot. And at this moment, I started to consider leaving my so-called stable job to face new challenges at a startup.

I had read a book from Basecamp called Remote, and I was amazed by the possibility of one day work remotely from anywhere in the world. I always had that in my mind, but now it was becoming more and more a real possibility.

After a lot of freelancing, I decided to stop and look for a job at a startup. This was a challenging process, I failed a lot, and also I learned a lot about job interviews. And after three months, I think, I found out Notabene.

After looking at the website, I understood what they were proposing, and I really liked the idea. It seemed the right company to be working with. It is a company that works in the crypto space. So without thinking twice, I applied.

So after a round of interviews and an exercise, I signed a contract with them. I'm not going to lie, it was a bit scary for me. Everything went too fast for a guy like me, but at the same time, it felt like the perfect match. And everyone was super friendly to me in the whole process.

So after my notice period, I started at Notabene!

After the onboarding process, I was already coding, and in seven days, I had already sent a feature to production. That was super awesome to me and so fast compared to my previous experiences.

Speaking of new experiences, the thing people say about wearing many hats on a startup is totally true. In my period here, I coded, helped customers, started helping on hiring interviews, and many more things.

Being able to ship fast and quickly see the customer's response to a thing you did is impressive. I don't know, but it feels that I am closer to the end-user and the general feeling is that I am doing something that is really helpful.

As I write this, I realize that this is getting a bit long, and it isn't easy to end the post properly. But well, this is my first post, and I think I will get better.

Well, to end this, I would repeat what I said in the title. I couldn't be happier to leave my old job and join Notabene. It has been six months since I have been here, and I love it.

And if you think you can help us on our mission, feel free to check our jobs, because we're hiring!

Oh God, this is not well written. But anyway, at least I started it.

 
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