Bri Manning


December 2, 2021

It’s been a month now since I started at WHOOP.

I loved working at Rocket Insights and with all the people there. The full time employees were still in the single digits when I joined, even if we had a lot of regular contractors. I worked there longer than any company I had ever worked at before by more than double. During the course of my almost five years there, I worked with fourteen different clients. I also saw us grow into the hundreds of people as well as join DEPT, a massive rocket ship (eh?) of a company.

But it was time for me to move on to something new and find something new to get passionate about.

Enter WHOOP.

About a year or so ago, I made a joke to my friend, a longtime Back to the Future fan. The gist of it was that I grew up thinking I wanted to be like Marty McFly. At some point, I realized that I really wanted to be Doc Brown. Sure, being cool would be great and all, but playing around with gadgets and experimental gizmos seemed way more fun.

I had done some brief contract work with Humon before joining Rocket. It was a good relationship and I liked what they were doing, but it was a small early-stage startup. It seemed like too much of a risk after I had spent the last nearly-a-year living in a van and driving around the country. WHOOP later acquired the company and one of the cofounders was now the Director of R&D and called me up.

Fitness and athletics has always been a big part of my life, so being able to combine that with tech just clicked. In fact, I knew a little about the company already. I contributed to their Android codebase as part of Rocket a few years earlier to help them build out a new feature.

I’ve hit my month anniversary as the R&D Software Tech Lead. In that month, I’ve gotten to write python, kotlin, JavaScript, CSS, and TypeScript. I’ve worked on the backend, frontend, and mobile using Flask, React, React Native, and Android. That’s all only in the first month. And all while learning a lot about sensors, electrical engineering, and physiology. And it didn’t hurt that I have spent that month with fitness generally hanging over my head. It might finally be time for me to hit some of those goals.