Welcome 👋

I'm Patrick Rivera, a software engineer and writer based in San Francisco.

I explore ideas across creativity, well-being, and building internet products. My mission is to help people use the internet to live a more meaningful life.

To get you started, here are some of my most popular posts:

A Cold Outreach Strategy That Actually Works helped me get opportunities I wasn't qualified for on paper. It also reached the top of Hacker News.

Reflections on Turning 26 looks at some of my highs and lows from the past year. Topics include therapy, dating apps, and working at a startup.

Three Characters That Make Up This Thing Called You explores the two core insights found in most spiritual traditions.

Climbing the Wrong Hill discusses the importance of self-reflection.

How to Become Technical is a long-form guide on how to develop technical skills without learning to code.

The Power of Stories covers how stories played a key role in helping humans climb to the top of the food chain.

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My Story

Three years ago I was an unfulfilled management consultant trying to decide what to do with my career.

I applied for five product management jobs and was rejected by each.

A friend suggested I learn to code.

But I already took a coding class in college and didn't do very well.

This time had to be different.

I had no choice.

Either I learn to code or spend the next two years rotting in an endless abyss of spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks as a consultant.

So I went for it.

I couldn't pay for a coding bootcamp or graduate degree so I had to teach myself. I took tutorials, read textbooks, and contributed to open source projects.

After six months, I bought a one way ticket to San Francisco and slept on an air mattress in a friends living room.

Over the next couple years, I built an app that got into YCombinator (the worlds premier startup accelerator) and worked as a software engineer at Instacart (one of the fastest growing startups in the country).

Today, I lead software engineering on the growth team at Dharma. We're building Robinhood for the Ethereum blockchain.

That is all! I actually need to update this story to capture my renewed focus on exploring how to help people be more creative. But I'll just leave this up for now :)

P.S. If you want to brainstorm about your career, life, startup idea, or anything else really, you can email me at patrick.x.rivera@gmail.com, text me at (904) 562-0299, or slide in my DM's on Twitter

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In college, I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain and traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, Morocco, Barcelona, and Madrid.

I've also been to Tokyo and Seoul, jumped out of a plane from 12,000 ft. elevation, and take trips to Lake Tahoe during ski season.