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Journey to precious Space X

Baiba Soika
Feb 12, 2016 · 3 min read

I remember very clearly that last days’ rush-and-push to get all the things done and prepared, late night luggage packing and wishing like never before not to oversleep my plane (well, I’m paranoid when it comes to possibility to miss it due to some hilarious experiences before).

At that moment somewhere at the back of my head I recalled all the tedious quotes on making change, getting out of comfort zone in order to reach new heights and starting to live life (preferably to the fullest!). You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. I will not deny, I truly believe in some of those clichés and wanted to brighten them up, so my new journey — off I go!

That’s how it was 3 months ago when I moved to Germany. I quit prospering and well-established career in export consulting company, as well as my own projects which I had started over there. It was too much of everything for nothing, so I made a brave switch and landed in Space X (not the company even though I wish I could)… yeah, now I’m familiar with Elon Musk but we’ll get to that part later.

Diving into geeky start-up and tech area

After that soft landing everything went as it should be — I found it very difficult and challenging here, but despite that I put myself out there and my discovery mode was set on. Of course I’ve read about both start-up and tech industries before but wasn’t involved fully in the area, so landing in Germany got me to explore this more in detail. I know, you might think I would have chosen other places for diving into start-up scene like London or San Francisco in the best scenario, but being a fresh-starter makes you suck up the obstacles and things you don’t like, love them and make them work for you.

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On the way I got to know several hubs gathering extremely nice, active and open-minded people such as GarageBilk, StartupDorf and others. Step by step, lead by lead, I came across an inspiring post published by Hidden Founders (the guys helping non-technical founders to get started on MVP) in particular, which led to meeting the founders (in real life unhidden, very talented and open-minded) of the start-up itself.

Why tech? Well, it wasn’t neither a careershifter move (I still share half of my heart for export management and consulting and international trade fields), neither there was a light bulb moment. It was clear that we share some synergies with Hidden Founders and there are several ways how we could complement each other. Yet less clear that I could be a tech kind of girl. Well, but we give it a try.

Extreme progress-tination

Now it has been my first month in tech and already now it seems such a thrilling journey. Being in an environment where people are constantly sharing their know-how’s and ideas, questioning the concepts, status quo, different models, and are having fun while doing that has resulted in impressively progressive learning curve. I can tell the difference between Front-end and Back-end, Objective-C and Swift, node.js, I’m using TestFlight to install private beta apps, I know several hacks and tricks have to benefit from using tech daily in order to get the best out of my day, I have seen products’ development processes from the idea stage to launch.

Voilà, just a few examples presenting my progress-tination!

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Enough said. Oh, and one more thing yet needless — I am looking forward to this whole techy journey and each learning in particular that will follow, so story continues and so does the blog.

Stay tuned, ciao!

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Baiba Soika

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Experience and passion for start-ups, tech, entrepreneurship, disruptive models, innovation, and international trade.

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