Jon Melo's area of expertise has always been Human Resources. He discovered Bubble while working on an HR-related startup, as he had become frustrated with the traditional developer originally hired. Today, he works as a no-code instructor for our Bootcamps. We asked Jon to tell us more about his story, and to provide us his unique insight on motivating others to learn Bubble.
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Tell us more about yourself.
I was born and raised in NYC. My father was born in Colombia and my mother is a third-generation Italian. I hike in the Catskills. I read A LOT. I surf (a little) and my life's goal is to land a kickflip.
What was your life before no-code like?
Before I found Bubble, I helped tech companies with their HR practices. I always wanted to start a business but was too scared to make the jump from such a cozy job, plus I had no idea what type of business I wanted to run. Working with such innovative companies had me feeling like a spectator in the game of life.
How did you discover Bubble?
I had an HR-related start-up idea that I shared with my friend Mike, who told me about Bubble. 100% of my income now comes from Bubble-related projects. The first app I sold was a time-tracking app for a cybersecurity company.
Why did you choose to build with no-code?
I originally found Bubble too difficult to learn, so I shelved it to hire a traditional developer. I got an app that was coded in Ruby and was very far from what I had asked for. Basically, I paid $15K for something that I couldn't use. Expensive lesson, but the experience gave me the motivation that I needed to learn the Bubble fundamentals.
What do you enjoy most about teaching Bootcamps?
I never thought that I'd like teaching, but I learn from every Bootcamp that I run. The participant's ideas and questions strengthen my understanding of Bubble and force me out of my comfort zone. I learn just as much from them as they learn from me.
If you had one piece of advice to entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Lower your expectations – it's better to see progress on a series of small goals, than to see no progress on too large of a goal. And for god's sake, name your elements.