From back pain to building software

Before I got into tech I used to help people deal with back pain. I started out as the guy who cleans weights up at the gym. Slowly worked my way up to a personal trainer. Ended up specializing as a corrective exercise coach for people with debilitating back pain.

I never set out to be a physical therapist. It was just a way to make money when I was in university. Things got out of hand and by the time I graduated no entry-level job could offer me more money than I was already making as a physical therapist. So I stuck with it.

I got into tech in my late 20s. Learned how to code at a Bootcamp in London called Founders & Coders 🙏 I fell in love with the immediacy of feedback that comes with writing software. Worked as an engineer for about 5 years. I wasn’t bad but I was never going to be great.

I enjoyed the product side of software work way more. I gradually began to focus on helping companies improve their user retention metrics. My combination of skills helped me think about products from a perspective that’s both technical and creative.

It was corrective exercise coaching all over. This time it was digital rather than anatomical. I helped product managers pay attention to the right numbers, I asked important questions, and I helped keep track of things so they could systematically work on improving stuff.

At some point along the way, I began using a product to write Twitter threads. Don’t remember how I found it but I loved it. Reached out to the founder to share my appreciation. We stayed in touch. A year later he asked if I’d like to join the project as a co-founder.

I like consulting, it paid well, but I wanted a project of my own to sink my teeth into. Sasha is an open-source developer for whom I have the utmost respect. We’d casually worked together for a year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So joining Chirr App was a no-brainer.

That’s how I went from treating people with back pain to building software. Sasha and I now work on Chirr App full-time now. We’re a tiny bootstrapped team of 3 and we want to build the most useful tool for creating and scheduling threads on Twitter.


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