A thank you to people who have helped me :)

I first entered the geek scene as a complete noob 2 years ago.

I still rmb selling my soul to GeekcampSG in 2010, when Luther tempted me with a GeekcampSG shirt then (that I couldn’t fit inside, bloody hell, cheat my soul =P). Went for GeekcampSG to get a size M shirt (people who know me will know that it is impossible to fit me inside one of those things), but was blown away by the many cool things on display. I rmb being extremely wowed by the Makerbot, and a bunch of random geek talks that left me a lasting impression. So I guess the first person I have to thank is Mr elfgoh =P, who has since then became a quite a good friend of mine (I hope).

The following year, sometime in February, on 1 random night, just as I was planning to hide in some mountain-side for the holidays and get a really good rest, I received a call from Derrick Ko. He had recently started the StartupRootsSG fellowship programme in Singapore, and asked me if I would be interested in applying, and basically pulled me out of my self-imposed ‘retirement’. Everything went well, got through interviews, and suddenly, I had a list of jobs to choose from. So thank you, Derrick, for that :)

I ended up at Chalkboard not long after, and basically worked under Bernard Leong for 3 months. He was a really good boss, and under him I daresay I leveled up quite alot as a developer. I was always getting fun stuff to do and I was placed on the front lines, handling real problems, and doing more than just boring CRUD stuff. I guess the most important part was that he took the risk and trusted me to do work, even when normal jobs dun give you that kind of trust. I had no idea how to use Python when I first joined Chalkboard. I modified 1 product, and built 2 new products by the time I left Chalkboard. And I left with partial knowledge of scaling and all that infrastructure stuff. Oh, and did I mention? They trusted me so much I had root access to a production server. So thank you Bernard for giving me this opportunity and trust. :) I really have alot to thank you for.

Next up is Jason Ong, a guy I treat as mentor, who’s always there to give me advice. He was the guy who got me involved in the organisation of GeekcampSG and introduced me to people who mattered in the scene. And not only that, there was an especially tough period last year, when I was trying to decide if I should drop out of school and join Chalkboard full time, and he was there to offer me advice on what I should consider before making that decision. He actually took time out of his schedule and had coffee with me near my house and gave me plenty of awesome advice. Thanks for that too :)

And before I forget, I have to thank the 3 speakers at the panel PHP, Python and Ruby: Which language is right for your startup? for giving me face and agreeing to turn up for the panel without even thinking. The event planning was done within 2 hours of me sending my email out. Thanks Michael Cheng, Calvin Cheng and Sau Sheong. And a really big thank you to Harville Tan (from iDA) for making the pizzas possible. And finally a thank you to Raymond Tay for moderating the panel. It was my first major event and it couldn’t have been a success without the help from all of them.

And lastly, a thanks to all in the geek scene who have helped me one way or another, and became good friends of mine (I hope =P), including but not limited to Ruiwen, Justin Lee, Sneha, and all my geek friends who have played a role in my geek life one way or another :)

Thanks guys :D You guys are awesome :)

And thanks to Weisin for reading through all the crap that I write and helping me point out mistakes in all of them :)

laurence

I am a Senior Engineer with Singapore Power, and have a passion for security and distributed systems. Prior to this, I have worked in companies including PayPal, 99.co, and Nugit. I also headed GeekcampSG from 2012 to 2014, and am currently focusing my free time on social empowerment initiatives including IAmTalentedSG, and CollaborateSG. When not doing work, or any of these stuff, I can be found cafe hopping/taking photos/trekking.

2 thoughts on “A thank you to people who have helped me :)

  • July 9, 2012 at 9:31 am
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    Laurence,

    I want you to know that the path you’ve chosen (as a coder/geek) will give you a life long joy of learning. Rock’ on!

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  • July 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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    Laurence,

    Thank you for your mention. I am honored to have worked with you and glad to know that you have a lot of fun working in Chalkboard. As of all times, I often think that it has been great fun there. In any case, as of all our conversations, I will be happy to catch up and support as your friend if you need anything or in future, do something together if the opportunity exist.

    Meanwhile, like what Raymond say, live a happy life and enjoy what you are doing and I believe that you will do well for the years ahead of you. :)

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