The Carrot Blog

Henry joins us as a development intern. Prior to Carrot, he was the Country Director/ China and Recruitment Manager in Asia at Rustic Pathways.

I started learning to code because the internet is the great equalizer and the greatest amplifier; once on the internet, the best/happiest/most poignant things, or timely, disturbing things have a way of getting around to the places they need to be and the places no reasonable person would ever have expected to find them. And so the process of engineering the platforms on which this super-charged information exists, the richness or narrative a person can experience, and the chunks themselves, seems to me like the great modern-day super power. Forget about flying around with a cape or some clunky bionic suit. I want to be the guy that can create those super-charged chunks of information capable of appearing on any screen, anywhere, in an instant.

Carrot is really good at creating these super-charged chunks and perhaps more importantly, finding or creating the information that is worth super-charging at all. The people here are also not afraid of much, which is a good thing because the really, really well super-charged chunks tend to be unlike anything anyone has ever seen before, and that is inherently terrifying.

I got to Carrot because, when first learning to code, I was fortunate to be around a group of people who agreed on the importance of one bit of advice. They regularly delivered it through a series of clever - and mutually a bit redundant - little adages: 'the best musicians spend most of their time being the worst one on stage;' ’the fastest fish hang out on the biggest reefs;' 'if you want to learn to fight, go piss off the strongest guy you can find.' So, when I started looking for my first professional experience as a dev, I came up with a basic two-step plan:

  1. Find the most talented group willing to let me hang around.
  2. Dive at their ankles and do not let go until they stop trying to shake me off.

I have been here a week and everyone seems to know everyone else remarkably well, but with that does come some modest anxiety for me. Each day there will be a few series of events or comments that just don't make sense. I look around the room expecting to find someone that can commiserate with my confusion. So far I am pretty much striking out. All this nonsense just without hesitation makes sense to everyone here. So it seems the culture at Carrot comes with some built in complexity, and that is usually the result of a lot of meaningful interactions over a long, sustained period of time. That is, of course, worth the modest anxiety it causes me. I just hope I don't look like a complete loon every time I glance around trying to figure out what the hell just happened.