From now on I will be regularly be interviewing famous personalities who can inspire everyone. The first being Paul Stamatiou (@Stammy), read on to find out more about this technology freak who is the one behind Skribit, a service to help bloggers with topics to write on. He is a real inspiration and has an extremely innovative mind!
Hi Farrhad, thanks for having me. I’m Paul Stamatiou and am a 22 year old recent graduate of Georgia Tech. My full-time job is working on a startup I co-founded over a year ago, Skribit. On the side I write about technology at my blog PaulStamatiou.com.
Working with technology wasn’t really a choice I made. I always grew up with tech and have been involved with some form of technology, so when it came time to really think about what I wanted to do with my life, I had no hesitation. I had originally been interested in working with electronics and hardware but after a year working towards a computer engineering degree I realized I wanted to work with the software, specifically web applications.
One of the best things about working on a startup is that I don’t have just a small set of responsibilities. Pretty much every aspect of the company is my responsibility. While a good portion of my time is spent programming, I also deal with customer support, marketing and business issues. It’s a great mix and I never have to find things to do nor do I ever get bored as I’m always doing something different each day.
Well for one, a much better Skribit offering! I will spending all of my time in the coming year working on Skribit and hopefully have something great to show for it.
Hrm, this is a hard one. There isn’t just one person that I look at as my role model. Instead I am influenced from many people in my field, even my peers. I enjoy reading articles about the challenges and triumphs of people in tech-related fields and I learn from that.
Thanks! For people reading this and interested in the tech field, I’d say that you need to keep doing what you’re doing and get lots of practice. If you want to do into web development, start a side project now just to learn the basics of everything. Find other people in the space and start reading their blogs. When I first got into software, I started my blog as a side project but as I continued working on it, I learned a bunch about servers and programming. Now I’ve taken that knowledge and adapted it to working with Skribit.