Welcome 👋

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

I write about how the mind works. My essays explore ideas across psychology, philosophy, and performance. I've also written about career advice, technology, and business strategy.

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.

Three Characters That Make Up This Thing Called You explores the two core insights that most spiritual traditions teach and how we can apply them to our daily life.

A Guide to Stoicism covers a few of my favorite techniques for managing unpleasant emotions.

The Past, Present, and future of Creators on the Internet delves into how technology is turning everybody into a media company.

Climbing the Wrong Hill discusses why it's important to take time for self-reflection.

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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 the future of banking using cryptocurrencies and the Ethereum blockchain.

I also advise startups on product, engineering, and growth.

Going forward, my mission is to help people understand how the tech industry works.

If an average kid from Florida can break into the tech industry, you can too.


Patrick Rivera

P.S. If you want to brainstorm about your tech career, startup idea, or anything else,email me at patrick.x.rivera@gmail.com or text me at (904) 562-0299.

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The Pictures That Make Me Look Cooler Than I Really Am Section

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.