[Podcast] Origin Stories: How Some of Rocket's Developers Got Started

Generally speaking there’s a pretty clear path to most careers.

Dentists go to dental school.

Lawyers go to law school.

Doctors go to medical school.

And even though there is such a thing as a computer science major (some might call it software school) the path to becoming a software developer is less direct than most people assume.

Google the phrase “how to become a developer,” for instance, and you’ll get a return of 916 million articles, YouTube tutorials, collegiate programs, and ads for 12 week bootcamps that’ll teach you just that. It goes to show: anyone can become a developer in any number of ways.

That’s why we’re taking the time to bring you Origin Stories, a brand-new series by Ship It, Rocket’s podcast.

Origin Stories are the real-world tales of some of our most experienced devs. Where they started out, how they got to where they are, and what advice they have for the next generation.


Check out the first episode here and learn how Matt Merrill, a principal engineer at Rocket, fell out of love with programming as a computer science major. Crazy, right? We’re lucky Matt came around in the end. Listen to find out how!