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Discussion on: What's your coding origin story?

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Andrew Brown 🇨🇦 • Edited
  • Mom owns a computer repair ship since 1994. She got laid off at Bell and had to become an entrepreneur.
  • In 1998 (I would have been 11) she was being asked to make websites. Since I spent all my time playing around in Microsoft FrontPage I made websites for her customers and business friends.
  • By 2005 I had enough money from building websites to go to College to learn how to build websites.
  • When I was at College I skipped most of my classes and stayed as long as I could on campus to utilize their servers where I spent my 3 years learning Ruby on Rails.
  • After College, I lived with my Grandma working on remote website jobs online (mostly for career/life coaches) while also trying to break into the web-dev industry.
  • My parents told me to get a real job, anything, like work at a gas station and I ignored them.
  • I started contributing to an open-source project for 2 weeks and after contributing so much I had to stop since I needed to focus on paid work.
  • My contributions were so valuable they hired me as their CTO and flew me to Barcelona.

I've been a CTO ever since.

What's the formula here?

free_open_source_contributes   = 2.weeks
self_study                     = 3.years
repetitive_fundamental_tasks   = 10000
ignore parents                 = true
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Someone suggested I make this an Instagram story. Instagram is something people use right?

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Karan Balaji 🇨🇦

ignore parents = true. Hahahaha tough one in India than all the others xD

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Andrew Brown 🇨🇦 • Edited

The best way to convince your Indian parents to let you work in the web-dev industry is to append both Doctor and Engineer to the end of your to your web-dev title eg.

UX Doctor Engineer
Full Stack Doctor Engineer
React Doctor Engineer


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Karan Balaji 🇨🇦

Hahaha very true.

Hello UX Engineer it is 
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Jukka Paulin

We will use this formula for growth for epitsim civics ecosystems. thx! be back soon. ;-) Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!