Developers — here is the best WHY to quit your 9–5 job

Pen Magnet
May 30 · 7 min read
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Senior Developer is dying (a definite death)

In programming world, too, craft is being lost gradually. A senior developer is losing his / her edge to:

  • Open source repos and forums, without relying upon gargantuan API documentation that senior dev went through to put it together
  • Training videos, without relying upon archaic publication books that senior devs could only peek into to get the hold of it — at the expense of his family time during weekends.

We are already living in the tech world where experience adds value to the product life cycle, but not to the product itself.

An experienced developer will know where to find resources to make it work — but is less likely to go further than that. Not because of lack of passion, but because of lack of reward and motivation. And it is this later truth that is more daunting, because, let me just say it:

  • Exponential volume realized from modularization — ability of software to be built on top of each other.
  • Keep digging up languages that could optimize something that doesn’t necessarily need optimizing
  • Keep inventing mundane tasks within existing products that customers don’t always use
  • Polishing soft-skills to remain in good books of Who’s who, something that was originally expected of management & sales people

Final push towards escape velocity:

It is not age-old wisdom. It is rule of the jungle. Markets can be brutal, and you must bow to demand & supply every time it doesn’t suit you.

The two options:

The names they give you range from offshore contract dev to a CTO. The compensation can range from $500 to 5% equity (of $0 revenue). You will sell your expertise, most probably for the best of the 2 options: $500 in hand, rather than 5% of uncertain future. Off course, as CTO you may get your usual salary, but it may be substantially less than your market counterparts because you are a brick in the base that’s supposed to support the building, not a painted wall to attract the premise visitors.

The third alternative:

What you miss out on is the 3rd option that is never presented. Why not join them as competitors rather than collaborators? Technically, you possess an edge that even a Harvard or Wharton executive is eager to suck upon.

  • How to advertise
  • How to get investments
  • Can I build it
  • People with huge audiences i.e. media.

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