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Startup co-founder and CEO: How I got my job and where I'm going

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I actually started programming when I was six years old I was actually grounded a lot as a kid and my parents would let me go outside or play with video games but they had this really old Windows 3.1 computer that I could play around with I found the old basic interpreter and ms-dos and I started playing around with programs and that made my first program ever I was about 6 and a half I it was a password program that if you computer started it would ask you for your password and if you got it right and let you in and if you got it wrong it called you an idiot and tell you to try again and then I was able to go a little further with it but I hit a wall pretty quickly because there were not ton of resources or around for computer science learning at that vet yong when i was 6 in 1996 so I kind of dropped off after a couple years and then in college I I wanted to start my own company and I knew I didn't want to be relying on someone else to build my dream for me I wanted to do it and I talked to my academic advisor about switching my major at the time I was a business major I want to switch over to computer science and she said it would take two more years of school and I hated school and I didn't want I couldn't wait to get out and get into the real world and do something so I was like nope not going to do this I'm just going to teach myself and I was able to learn really quickly because I had learned to think like a program when I was so young so irony of ironies I my first job out of school was in computer science I was a programmer I just started taking myself maybe a year earlier probably wasn't as qualified for that job as I should have been but I was lucky that they hired me and were willing to teach me so I was I was learning iOS development at the time I graduated from college on a Friday I started my job on Monday so it's really easy a lot of the people I went to school with in marketing and marketing degrees or business degrees spend a lot of time looking for a job but it was really easy for me to find one and that gave me the added bonus of having a time in front of a computer to be learning about computer science and learning to become a better programmer and as I did that when I got the new idea for for codable I was able to build it pretty easily because I knew what I was doing funding codable in the early days was a challenge we cut it really close so I actually I worked at this job for about six months and it became very apparent that I didn't like the job and I needed the focus on codable I needed to make this work so I end up quitting my job I had no backup job nothing else going on and I was lucky in that my co-founders a designer and I'm a programmer so we were able to freelance on the side do some some contracting work to basically pay the bills and we lived in Louisville Kentucky which is a lot cheaper than the Bay Area so we didn't have a ton of expenses and we had never really upgraded our lifestyle from college so we were able to really keep working on this for a long time gonna cheap that level and then we were accepted into imagine k12 we end up getting actual investment which gave us a lot more freedom to come out here and start so right now codable is used by a little over half the elementary schools in the United States and we want to reach every elementary school in the United States in the next couple of years more than that we want to reach every child in the world we want to give every student in the world the opportunity to learn computer science I'm a very firm believer and one of the reasons it gets me up every morning is that computer science is incredibly transformative for the whole world in that you can essentially create value from nothing nothing has ever existed like that before you know you can make you could make the first version of Facebook on a thirty dollar laptop like you don't need much you really don't like most other things you need at a ton of time you need a ton of resources you need a things to do it but in computer science you don't have to have that and it has immense possibilities to help we know underserved communities poor countries like technology doesn't know any of that stuff and it's really it's a powerful thing and I think you can do a lot to really change the world and the other big thing and that is that I think in the next you know 15 20 years there's going to be a lot of jobs it growing in technology and computer science and outside of that a lot of jobs are going to start to go away automation is going to really start eating away at the workforce in a way at the world and there's going to be a problem there so the students that we're educating now we're going to inherit that world and if we can even just teach them how to think like a programmer now we're giving them a chance to succeed that's all we can ask personally I want to build a successful company ideally I'd love codable to be the biggest greatest company ever there's a lot of great companies out there and I want it to be success I want to impact students everywhere and that's not just a company goal that's my own personal goal if I can look back in ten years and say that I built something that touched every kid in the world that's impressive that's something big you know personally longer term after codable I probably want to take some time to just explore various hobbies I know I need a break I'd love to you know do somewhere I'd love to learn it like draw and paint spend more time you know with hobbies and do different things and then I'll probably start working with startups again whether I was on the investment side or whether I was in just starting another company I definitely I've accepted the fact I'm never going to be able to escape startup fail it's not going to happen
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