Blake Rubin is a mobile developer who runs his own business within this industry in San Francisco. Having completed extensive studies and worked with large companies, he now holds a long portfolio of successful client engagements. Although he is not the type of entrepreneur to worship his achievements, most of the people who had a chance to work with him praise his technical abilities and well-developed soft skills. He originally grew up in Los Angeles where he went to school. Once he decided to join this field on a full-time basis, however, he relocated to San Francisco where some of his early clients resided.
What do you consider your greatest challenge?
As with most other developers, starting out was tough. It involved countless hours of training without much involvement on the actual projects. Although I understand and support this concept, it can get very exhausting after a while. Additionally, when you add the fact that I was very young and restless when I started, you can understand how it might be off-putting to spend days in training when you expected to do genuine work. Nonetheless, this is where I got to know the majority of the ins and outs of the mobile development world.
Would you ever consider mentoring people who want to be mobile developers one day?
Absolutely. To be fair, however, that is something that I would probably do when I decide to get out of the industry myself. Right now, I have enough obligations to keep me busy every single day. Thus, a potential mentee would not get enough of my attention. Hopefully, whenever I decide to retire, I will be connected with those who need someone to mentor them.
If you had to name one college class that everyone should take, what would it be and why?
A class that teaches people how to use computers for some very basic things. You would not believe how many individuals are still relying on methods that have been outdated for over a decade. The way I see it, we are getting closer to the concept I like to call “Innovate or Die.” I would like to see early education begin implementing software in their coursework so that children can start familiarizing themselves with computers as early as possible.
Is there anything that you regret in your professional career?
There have been a couple of investment opportunities that I failed to seize. Although I will not disclose them in great detail, I will say that most of them went on to achieve substantial success. Do I wish I have invested? Absolutely! Nonetheless, this is not something that haunts me in any way as I still have a great career that I like.
What do you do outside of your job?
I tend to read a lot. Whenever I have some downtime and access to my phone, I would generally open one of the books that have been downloaded and go through it. If I get interested after a quick glance, I will dedicate it more time later on and actually read it in its entirety.
Do you have a particular goal around which your entire career is revolving?
I do not think that anyone’s entire career should revolve around one single goal. Regardless, I understand and appreciate the question. In my case, I strive to be the best professional that I can possibly be. Although I will never be perfect, maybe there will be a time when I have peaked and achieved my highest potential. I do not feel like that has happened so far.
What is the most common mistake that you see young people in your industry make?
Some of them have an understandable lack of patience. Given that I went through a lot of the same things that the newcomers are going through, I can see why it is not appealing to spend time waiting. Still, if I had someone to tell me that I just need to give my career time, I think that I would have done so without question. A lot of the younger people that I have advised, on the other hand, do not exactly adhere to my advice.
What are the next big events happening in your career?
I wish I could tell you! I am not a fan of planning every single day of my life. In accordance with that, you can see why I am not really interested in knowing where my next business day will be and what project I might be working on. Ultimately, I hope to work on some interesting engagements and help my clients to the best of my abilities. Whether that takes place in my office or somewhere across the U.S. does not really matter to me!