I recently marked 6 months since I joined EBar Initiatives as a Product Development Engineer.
Having only experienced working for larger companies it was hard to know what to expect taking a role as the first hire in a startup. Would it provide me with the experience I need? Would a lack of resources make the job slow paced and boring? Perhaps most fundamentally would the company even exist in a months’ time?
Any doubts in my expectations were quickly overcome as my job allowed me to utilise the best parts of what I learned studying Product Design Engineering, taking ownership of the existing prototype and overseeing all phases of its development. From designing the user experience through to implementing a cooling system.
No day is the same due to the rapid pace of the company and our small team. One day I could be demoing the EBar® at a world-famous stadium, another could be spent managing our student engineers, and the next could be testing new ideas and tech, dispensing pints after pints! It’s not uncommon to go through a keg or two a day during testing, although it does break my heart to throw it all away.
I am recently back from Germany for BrauBeviale, one of the world’s largest exhibitions for all things beer! It was great to see lots of cool ‘beer’ products, explore several halls of high-end sensors, beer production equipment and transfer methods, and witness the operation of large bottling lines.
I honestly think I’ve gained more experience in my job in the last 6 months than I would in years within a larger company. Not only in product design and engineering due to the variety of challenges encountered, but also within all things involved in a startup, including raising the next investment round, customer acquisition and even hoovering the workshop!
I’m looking forward to the next 6 months at EBar where we’ll begin to manufacture our new units and assemble them in-house, implementing recent design changes and learnings from the initial prototype.
Here’s to the next 6 months!