This weekend I had a rare opportunity fall into my lap, really. Well, I say “this weekend” but by that I mean I’ve been working on this opportunity for quite a while, it’s just finally come to fruition. Before I get to that, though, you should probably have a little bit of backstory. Living in Kansas City, there isn’t much along the lines of a startup atmosphere, especially in tech. When you think of tech startups, you’d think of tech hubs like Silicon Valley or New York or D.C., maybe even Atlanta. I’ve worked for a few of these places (remotely, of course, thank Slack) and what’s really amazing about them is just how hungry everyone is to be doing something awesome. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of bad things about startup culture that can backfire horrendously (especially if you’re a bright eyed and bushy tailed midwestern kid thinking he’s going to go out and change the world by working for one of these places), but for the most part I really do like startups.