Hello eskate community. The last couple of years have been a fun ride, and while I love skateboarding (electric skateboarding in particular), I need to divert my energy into finding a full time Software Development job to support myself. I can not invest into new designs when I don’t have money to even pay the rent.
When I started working with hummie, I was in my 2nd semester sophomore year of undergrad. I was hoping that by the start of my senior year, we would be pushing new and improved motors out the door. Due to many reasons, this didn’t happen. 2 weeks ago, I finish my Bachelors in Computer Science, and I’m not in a place where the hummie motor project can support me financially in any way (it’s actually the exact opposite).
With all of my colleges and classmates finding jobs starting at 120k+, I have to make a decision about where my time is best spent. I have decided that the best choice is to study AI and Machine Learning algorithms, build a few personal projects with autonomous driving algorithms, and aim for a job developing self driving car algorithms and technology. I have an interview lined up with UBer next week, and with most of the self driving car companies around here (either in SF or the Bay Area), and the great experience I’ve had in this community build personal electric vehicles, and some research, I believe I can be a strong candidate to work on a self driving project.
Thank you everyone who has supported me, taught me, and helped me get to where I am today. I would be where I am today without this forum and community,
Anyone who has a pending order, your order will be shipped tomorrow morning. I will be closing down my shop in the coming days. This industry is a lot tougher than it looks like to make any profit. Appreciate the hard work everyone puts into products. In my case, everything just lead to lost time, lost money, with the only gain being knowledge (which is hard to put a price on).
I will be back one day in the future to build again, but for the time being, I need to focus on my career. Hummie will continue on building great hub motors. I have faith in him to get them together and shipped, though I have no idea when.
Thank you everyone again and best of luck in your new builds!