The Cruise that Started it All
In one way or another, I’ve been living and breathing Quickbase for about nine years. As a customer and a Quickbase Solution Provider, I’ve seen first-hand the power of Quickbase applications. Now, as a product manager at Quickbase, I’m thrilled to be able to influence the long-term vision of our product.
But my first experience with the platform wasn’t great.
My background is in software architecture, though I am far from a developer. Years ago I was hired into a role that required me to oversee software, including Quickbase. My new boss had tried to explain Quickbase to me during the interview process, saying I could modify applications they had created on the platform. I was adamant that I wasn’t a software engineer, and he was adamant I didn’t need to be.
When my new boss went on a cruise the week after I started, I was called on to support a big Quickbase app that was critical to the business. I was completely baffled, and unsure how I was going to do this. I even told my wife I didn’t know how this new job was going to work out, since it felt like expectations weren’t aligned on my skillset.
As the week went on, I started to realize he was right. I was able to build and maintain software on my own, whereas a week earlier I was only capable of writing technical specs. Being thrown to the wolves while my boss went on vacation made me realize that there was something pretty magical about Quickbase.