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Startup co-founder and CEO: What I do and how much I make

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my name is John Mattingly I am a CEO and co-founder of codable I am 26 years old and I make $75,000 a year so codable is a startup we're located in Sunnyvale California in the middle of Silicon Valley we have a programming curriculum for elementary schools we start kids in kindergarten we teach them basic programming logic and by the time they're done with fifth grade they can learn JavaScript so our mission of codable is to teach every student in the world about computer science not just the United States but all over the world we've been used by a little over half of the elementary schools in the u.s. already we're used in over 180 countries around the world so I'm the CTO and co-founder that means that one I was crazy enough to start my own company and two I run the day-to-day aspects of the company as well so I'm a Technical CEO meaning that I can program as well as run the company a lot of what I do is work on our product I built the first version of everything that we have now I don't work as much on it anymore but I work on our website you know our back-end servers I might work on our game or our teacher dashboard programming wise I also run our HR do some of our marketing our support I answer support questions from teachers daily email a lot of different things the CEOs biggest job at any stage is to make sure the company is moving in the right direction when you're a smaller company like we are you do a lot more of the grunt work you a little bit of everything but as you get bigger it's your job to really understand the big picture so understand where the company is moving and then you've got all of these different pieces that you need to make sure all working in harmony to push in that direction time I actively spend focusing on my startup probably about 12 hours a day so right now I make seventy-five thousand dollars a year for the first fuser codable actually didn't take a salary that's pretty common the time lengths that you take it takes to not take a salary is different depending on the company but I didn't take a salary for awhile when we were able to raise some money from investors I was able to take enough I pretty much decide what my salary is and my theory behind this is that I need to pay myself enough so that I can pay all my bills pay my expenses not worry about money not be worrying about how I'm going to make rent next month but other than that anything over that needs to go back to the company
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