I am a RoR developer with the company BuildingBlok (not bootstrapped) and currently working on bootstrapping my own product on the side (nothing to show yet).
I am a former Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer and also dabbled in Materials Science in grad school. I moved on from academia and worked at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters/Keurig for a while where I developed technology for a carbonated beverage machine (you may have seen some news about this recently). I quit about 1.5 years ago and left on very good terms.
Since then I wanted to go my own way. I spent 7 months learning Ruby, Rails, HTML, JS to try to start my own business. I got mired down in everything that I had to do and didn’t have enough confidence in my development skills. So I floundered with my 1st attempt. While floundering, I talked to a friend that had a pretty mature startup (BuildingBlok) and decided to work with him to hone my development skills and build my confidence. After 8 months I finally feel ready(ish) and am currently trying to build something on the side.
I know I will have lots of questions and this community seemed like a great place. I hope I can help contribute and build this community too. So if anyone has any questions that my background could be suited for then I will happily try to help.