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|What areas do you specialize in? (ex: Creative writing, web development, finance, activism, etc.)|
I mainly specialize in security with a focus on web applications. I've been active in the security community for close to 6 years now, and have extensive experience in Linux, systems administration, python, docker, and other back-end technologies.
|Talk about a time where you organized/built/created something.|
Freshman year of high school I founded a cybersecurity club. It grew from a few friends and I, to over 40 active members by my senior year. Upperclassmen gave weekly talks on a whole range of technical topics, and trained underclassmen on how to compete in security CTFs. By graduation, several of our teams were consistently finishing in the top 10% of competitors.
|What is something you've learned related to your specializations, and what are your thoughts on it?|
Being involved in security I've developed a knack for looking at problems in unusual ways. Discovering vulnerabilities and breaking into systems is all about thinking about things in a new way. It has also improved my ability to write safe code and securely setup applications. Since I know what attackers look for when they attack an application, it makes mitigating those threats easier.
|What are your passions, and how do you engage with them?|
Ever since I first got my hands on a computer, I've had a passion for technology. I spend most of my spare time doing stuff related to tech, from hacking together projects that nobody will ever see to trying to get a single successful submission on hackernews. Tech inspires me because it allows people to create incredible things, and change the world in ways never thought possible.
|Have you applied to Startup Shell before?||No|
|Why do you want to join Startup Shell?|
My dream for a long time has been to start and grow a company into something incredible. I love the hunger and drive startups have as they race to get their product to market. I love the late night grinds, and the chaos of trying to solve seemingly impossible problems. Being a part of the Startup Shell will let me engage more with that love and experience the reality of startup life first hand. I hope I can learn some skills along the way to start my own company one day.
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|How did you hear about us?||Searching for startup incubators at UMD|
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