I was 13 when I first got act a computer about me a Macintosh in 1984 when I was eight years old I was in sixth grade I learned to code in college freshman year first semester intro to computer science I wrote a program to play tic-tac-toe and he was pretty humble beginnings I think the first program I wrote.
Asked things like what’s your favorite color or how old are you I first learned how to make a green circle and a red square appear.
On the screen the first time.
I actually had something come up and say hello world.
I did I made a computer do that it was just astonishing learning at a program didn’t start off as wanting to learn all of computer science or.
Or trying to master this discipline or anything.
Like that it just started off because I wanted to do this one simple thing I want to make something that was fun for myself and my sisters and I wrote this little program and then basically just add a.
Little bit to it and then wanted to learn something new I looked it up either in a book or on the internet and then added a.
Little bit to it it’s really not unlike kind of playing.
An instrument or something or playing a sport it starts out being very intimidating but you kind of get the hang of it over time coding is something that can be learned and I know it.
Can be intimidating and a lot of things.
Are intimidating but you know what isn’t a lot of the coding that people do is actually fairly simple it’s it’s more about the process of breaking down problems then you know sort of coming up with.
Complicated algorithms as people traditionally think about it you don’t have to be a genius to know how to code you need to be determined additions subtractions that’s about it should probably know.
Your multiplication tables you don’t have to be a genius to code you have to be a genius to read even if you want to become a racecar driver or.
Play baseball or you know build a house and all of these things have been turned upside down by software what it is is you know computers are everywhere you want to work in agriculture do you want to work in entertainment do you want.
To work in manufacturing it’s it’s just all over here we are 2013 we all depend on technology to communicate to bank information and none of us.
Know how to read and write code when I was in school I was in this after-school group called the whiz kids and when people found out they laughed at.
Me and you know all these things and I’m like man I don’t care I think it’s cool and you know I’m learning a lot and some of my friends have jobs our policy is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find the whole limit in the system is just that there just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these.
The very best people we try to make the office as awesome as possible you’re fantastic chef free food free laundry snacks even places to play and video games and scooters there’s all these kind of interesting things around the office in places where if you can play.
Or relax or go to think or play.
Music or be creative whether you’re trying to make a lot of money or whether you just want to change the world computer program is an incredibly empowering skill to learn I think if someone had told me that software is really about humanity that it’s really about helping people by using computer technology it would have changed my outlook a lot earlier to be able to actually come up.
With an idea and then see it in your hands and then be able to press a button and have it.
Be in millions of people’s hands I mean I think we’re the first generation in the world that’s really ever had that kind of experience just to think that I mean you can start something in your college dorm room and you can have a set of people who.
Haven’t built a big company before come together and build something that the billion people use is more their daily lives this is just crazy to think about right it’s really it’s humbling and that’s amazing the.
Programmers of tomorrow are the.
Wizards of the future you know you’re gonna look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else it’s amazing it’s a I think it’s the closest thing we have.
To a superpower great coders are today’s rockstars you.