My startup journey
Patrick Collison went on a coffee walk with me, chatting about everything from Stripe's machinations to acquire a defunct bank to the economic drivers of productivity growth. So in June of 2014, I had a somber meeting with Max and Doug and went to work for Stripe. One of the things that struck me at Stripe was how humble and hardworking people were. Even though Michelle was a veteran of the Stripe codebase, pushed forward a ton of the project, and even wrote the blog post for the launch, she put my name on the final result. Many of my friends were shocked by my decision to work at Stripe, and many were equally shocked when I quit Stripe to return to Zinc. Stripe had seen triple digit growth for years, but still cared about a great support experience. My Stripe experience taught me that 10x engineers exist and that they have a special combination of skills.