For anyone who doesn’t know, James is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard as well as a veteran designer. In this episode we discuss how James got to where he is today. We cover aspects such as his time in the Guard, his experiences in design, and how feeling like he needed a higher purpose led him to start HappyJoe.org. Happy Joe is an organization that helps veterans enter the technology workforce through sponsorship programs with various training institutions and a mentorship program. Any veteran who is accepted into the Happy Joe program will receive a personal mentor and free training from a relevant online training program in their field of interest.
We also talk a little about guns, knives and other shiny objects. I’ll tell you, this was a fun one. And if you want to hear more from James, especially him completely crashing another one of our interviews, check out episode 49 with Cory Miller from iThemes.