about john

What is going on here

About three years ago, I knew I wanted to build a website and work towards my goal of becoming a CEO or entrepreneurial founder or investor of some sort. I had the confidence in myself then and now, that I would one day attain my goal, but I just don't know when or how (yet). During these past three years, I also knew that I had a lot of opinions on a lot of different things. On top of that, I knew my writing was decent and could only improve with some practice. 

I have heard over and over again, the best way to start working towards something is to just start doing it. If I don't currently have the next big idea that I am motivated to execute on, I can at least work on something until that opportunity comes around. The best thing that I could think of, would be to run a money generating online blog that I was able to share my many thoughts and opinions on. This would serve as a way to get out of my comfort zone about sharing my feelings publicly on the internet, getting back into the swing of writing, and all things related to online marketing, web design, SEO, etc.. I originally had the name Infinity Venture Project in mind, but the Wanderchevere name luckily came to life thanks to the clever idea from my girlfriend, Valeria.

More about me

I was born and raised in Long Island, New York for my entire life, before drastically changing my surroundings upon enrolling at The University of Alabama--ROLL TIDE! While university fun began coming to an end, I worked a summer internship with AT&T in Atlanta as an AngularJS developer, working on a number of prototyping projects and placing in a company-wide hackathon.

I was always programming with the intent that I wanted to use the experience to better my abilities as a manager. I wanted to gain empathy and prove to myself and others that I could indeed program at a high level, and carry those skills with me into other endeavors. Upon graduating university, I made that intent a reality and returned to AT&T as a full-time project manager. Within two years, I was managing multi-million dollar initiatives and groups of 30+ architects, developers, testers, and other project managers. My itch to continue learning and challenging myself continued to rise and a friend came calling for me to help at a start-up that he was the CTO at--I eventually accepted and entered the mysterious start-up world.

At Directorpoint, I was the first and only product manager the company had ever seen. While I had been a project manager at AT&T, I had never been a product manager. There is a pretty significant difference there (and I will talk about it in a number of articles--I'm sure), and it took a lot of perseverance to immediately deliver value to the company while also gaining my bearings with a new role, new team, and a company who knew less about product management than I did. Implementing process, pushing consistency, bridging communication gaps between all of the different groups within the company, learning new technologies, writing countless requirement documents, Sketching iteration after iteration of designs, and working with loud mouthed clients were just a few of my responsibilities--all the while working remotely for the first time. My experience with Directorpoint was the purest definition of drinking water from a fire hose. But, I learned more than I could have ever imagined and grew immensely both professionally and personally. I can't wait to share some of my opinions that I thought up while working there.

In regards to some of my personal attributes, I love to travel and have visited more than 13 countries over the past two years. I love to both play and watch soccer. I am a huge Liverpool fan and can play all over the field. I enjoy staying fit and working out, but I also love going out for drinks and having a nice pizza night with my girlfriend. Most importantly, I am an empathetic, friendly, curious, and caring human being. Like everyone, I am looking for meaning in this world and want to expand my network to people who are like minded and motivated to find their own place.

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