Joining Polar as an Advisor – Mitchell Hashimoto

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2024-04-04 17:00:06

I'm excited to share that I've joined Polar as an advisor. The opening text of the Polar website at the time of writing is "Get paid coding on your passion." This is a deeply personal mission to me. I want to share some of my personal history and how it led to becoming an advisor for Polar.

From 2010 to 2012, I was spending nights and weekends working on my own passion. During the day, I had a full time job as a developer and this paid the bills. As the project grew in popularity the time I spent on my passion projects only grew, but unfortunately the amount of income from the project and time in the day did not.

I was left at an impasse: cut down on the time I spent on my personal passion projects or figure out a way for my personal passion projects to support my future. I decided to try to find a way to work on my passion projects full time. I wanted to "get paid coding on my passion."

The path I decided to take was to found a company, raise venture capital, chase a really big dream, and the rest is history. This path worked for me: I was able to get paid to code on my passion, I was able to pay others to work on my passion, and by many measures the work the company did helped many people and made a measurable impact in its associated industry. This was and still is a viable path with its own set of pros and cons, but it needn't be (and isn't) the only path.

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