Melanie Albert, Author at General Assembly Blog

Where Are They Now? Benji Decker


Meet Benji Decker, a graduate of General Assembly’s 12-week, full-time Web Development Immersive program. Before enrolling in the course, Benji served as Community Director at the coworking space WeWork, and is currently Chief People Person at Founders Bloc.

1. What inspired you to learn web development?

Not to get too Holden Caulfield, I was tired of feeling like a phony. I was reasonably tech-savvy I suppose, and had coded a little bit before, but not enough to really speak confidently with developers or have any certainty in structuring projects. I loved the idea of really knowing what I was talking about and being able to manage projects from the field, which so far I feel has totally paid off.

2. What’s surprised you the most about learning to code?

That it all makes sense. I really like Arthur C. Clarke’s famous quote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Every day, we spend a huge amount of time browsing the web, basically abiding by this — things just kinda appear, we have no idea how. But it turns out it’s just a machine, a cleverly devised system, and if you understand the basics, you can start to see the moving pieces — modifying them, building on them. And it’s really quite cool.

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Where Are They Now? Chloe Stinetorf


Meet Chloe, recent graduate of our 12-week User Experience Design course, and founder of Chloe Doughy, a cookie dough delivery business in New York City.

1. What led you to learn user experience (UX) design?

I previously worked as a product manager at Christie’s auction house, responsible for the design and development of and their mobile apps. My product management role at Christie’s was very UX-focused, but I wanted to have a broader understanding of UX principles, best practices and deliverables.

2. Tell us more about your most recent UX design project.

I recently launched a DIY baking company called Chloe Doughy that delivers ready-to-bake monthly cookie dough projects. The first version of the Chloe Doughy website was a simple Rails app. I took GA’s 12-week UX Design course to take my idea and prototype to the next level, starting with creating personas and ending with designing userflows and wireframes. I’ve since launched the latest version of Chloe Doughy using my work from the course.

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