A fire destroyed the main barn on our family farm when I was 14. We rebuilt with a computerized grain feeding system, and I taught myself its operations. Then I learned computer programming. It was ’84. I’m Eric Reynolds.
I survived an actual trial by fire.
This system came with a computer. The computer came with a manual. I read the manual and figured out the computer. Soon, I was showing the IBM technician how the computer worked and that was basically the start of my life in technology.
My professional career in technology started in the US Marines in 1991 as a mainframe programmer and network administrator.
After the Marines, I traveled for a year and worked short-term positions with Digital, Microsoft, Compaq, and several smaller, regional companies.
Around ’98, GoFish.com was formed and got $41 million in venture capital to build a custom online seafood auction. I was part of the team.
In 1997 I moved back to Maine and got a webmaster position with Seafax in Portland, Maine.
We had an enthusiastic and dynamic CEO and he came up with an idea for an Online Seafood Exchange. He called it Gofish.com and it was a true dot come with a whole lot of venture capital.
Gofish.com was the first multimillion-dollar website I worked on.
But, as you know, the dot com bubble burst.
After Gofish, I went back to freelance work. I ended up being self-employed for 10 years, serving a group of companies in Chicago.