Below is an article originally written by Connie Sun, an Autonomy Engineer at PowerToFly Partner Shield AI, and published on July 3, 2018. Go to Shield AI's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
In the small hours of a recent Monday morning, I found myself up at 13000 ft, trudging through a snow chute on the way to Mt. Whitney with two colleagues and absolutely zero mountaineering experience.
As I labored clumsily through the snow with my crampons and ice ax, I wondered just for a moment why on earth would I challenge this icy slope when I could be lounging back in sunny San Diego? The answer, of course, was simple: the people of Shield AI.
The greatest thing about working at Shield AI is being surrounded by teammates who are passionate about so many different things. Their zest for life is tangible and infectious. (Almost) inevitably, I find myself doing things well outside my comfort zone, be it practicing self-arrest on a mountain or braving a hip hop class with my two left feet.
Though our interests vary, the one theme I find across our team is dedication to craft and the pursuit of excellence. Everyone here — from hardware to software, to business and operations — is driven to be great at what they do.
Working at Shield AI is like going through constant metamorphosis. It's not forced upon you. Rather, the people around you motivate you with their work ethic and excellence. You just can't help but feel inspired to want to be part of that greatness. You push yourself to climb higher because the person next to you is going just as hard and you don't want to let your teammates down. Together we take the next step and the next one, even — and perhaps especially — when it's uncomfortable and it'd be a whole lot easier to stop than to keep going.
At the core of innovation is the willingness to embrace change, to put in the hard work, and, most importantly, to never stop. At Shield AI, the people around you are with you on this journey to grow and be great. In and out of the office, we're a team that inspires one another. And when we reach the summit, we ask — what's next?
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For the boss you loved, the coworker you hated, and everyone in between
Two things are inevitable when someone leaves your team at work: there will be an abundance of sweet treats (I'm partial to those giant cookie cakes from the mall) and there will be a card passed around for everyone to scrawl the professional version of sweet nothings in. Depending on the "importance" of the person, you may get the bonus activities of farewell gifts and/or an all-team champagne toast.
If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are a software engineer, fitness enthusiast or both, you won't want to miss PowerToFly's evening of product demos and networking with the women tech leaders and allies at Peloton.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.