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re: Have you ever worked on a project that was contracted to the government (local, state, or federal)? Have you always lived in Indianapolis? What c...
 

Have you ever worked on a project that was contracted to the government (local, state, or federal)?

I have, but not in Indy. I had a contracting job that did work for the Chicago Police Department when I was an intern in college.

Have you always lived in Indianapolis?

Not in Indianapolis, but pretty close. I went college an hour northwest and was raised an hour southeast. But I have lived here for 2 years now.

What convinced you that you could make a living with your CompSci degree while (i assume) staying in Indianapolis?

When I originally went to college expecting fully to leave for one of the coasts and work there. Over the course of my college time, I learned about the incredible entrepreneurship community in and around Indiana and met some really great people building the kind of companies I really wanted to work at. The investment back into the community and the small size of the community really makes for a place where I feel I will be hirable for a long time. I am growing with the community, which a great place to be.

Ever been on a project/job where you were the only one in your area on the team and the rest co-located elsewhere? If so, was that an experience you'd be willing to repeat?

Yeah, I am actually volunteering some development time to a non-profit based around the US - some on the East Coast, some on the West and me in Indiana. I think it is more than feasible and something I would greatly consider in the future.

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