CLICK ABOVE TO READ JAMES' BLOG POST ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WITH SAGE CORPS IN HONG KONG.
Through the Sage Corps program, I was paired with a startup called The CloudMiner Ltd. Founded in 2011 by a Silicon Valley tycoon, D. James Guzy, Jr., and two mining experts, Dan Bloor and Will Coverdale, TCM provides a cloud-based mining solution for investment professionals. I worked with a young and energetic team in creating an innovative suite of products–coders, engineers, and geologists from nearby Shenzhen, Taiwan, and Hong Kong University, and from as far away as Greece. It was truly an international group, and as I quickly found out, a ton of fun to work with. Aside from joking about our different backgrounds, such as Greece’s economic situation or my co-worker Ivan’s Indonesian accent, we shared many things in common– our love for bubble tea and Kobe Bryant, and of course, our penchant for cursing at our code all day.I spent my eight weeks in Hong Kong as a product development intern working on a data visualization project, taking over 360,000 database projects and displaying them as points on an interactive map. The best (and worst) part about working for TCM was that even as an intern, I was part of a very small team. Apart from just coding, I helped in every other way I could: deciding our color palettes, pitching the company at local tech meet-ups and conferences around the city, even designing team tank tops (or “vest tops,” as they’re known locally). As a small team, we did almost everything together.