CODE2040 Fellows: Alexandria Cattron
By Alexandria Cattron, @CODE2040 Fellow
I really enjoyed my experience as a CODE2040 Fellow this past summer. I learned so much! I gained a lot of insight into what it takes to be a founder and even got clarity on which role in a startup I would like to fill. I took away new tips on public speaking and learned how to ask for and conduct an informational interview. Not only did I become a stronger developer through my internship, I also gained a ton of leadership and design experience as the project manager for the CODE2040 summer project.
Even beyond all of the above, the greatest takeaway from my experience as a CODE2040 Fellow is that I now have direction and clarity in my career path and the confidence to start my own company. While attending Stanford as an undergrad, I was interested in starting a company but most of the people that I knew were on completely different career paths. When I took classes focused on entrepreneurship, I always felt like I was on the outside looking in and that I was behind because I was not as informed about or plugged into tech entrepreneurship in the Valley as everyone else seemed to be. Now I finally feel like I’m part of the Valley’s entrepreneurship culture. Through networking with all the participants in the CODE2040 program, including our speakers and my mentors, and learning from their experiences, I learned so much. Now I’m super excited to cultivate my own ideas for products and link up with others who are just as passionate as I am about fixing a problem in society using technology.
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