Today, Elon Musk is best known for founding Tesla, Space X, and PayPal, companies that revolutionized their industries. But long before he became an entrepreneur and one of the richest men on the planet, Musk was driven by a simpler idea: he wanted to design video games. How did self-taught programmer Elon Musk go from a kid playing games to a billionaire? In this article, you will learn about Elon Musk’s education and how his interest in gaming led him to learn to program.
Today, Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. As co-founder of Microsoft, Gates built a tech empire. And as co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he’s given away billions of dollars. But who was Bill Gates before Microsoft? It turns out young Bill Gates was a rule breaker—and that might explain why he became one of the most successful self-taught programmers in history.
Millions of people know the story of Facebook’s creation. The humble beginnings of the billion-dollar company even became a major motion picture in the 2010 Best Picture nominated film The Social Network. But few know how Mark Zuckerberg learned to code. Continue reading “How Mark Zuckerberg Learned to Code”
Daniel Ek is the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, the music service almost single-handedly responsible for convincing a generation of music pirates to start paying for music again. An incredibly talented businessman, Ek taught himself to code when he was just fourteen. In this article, we will explore how Daniel Ek learned to code and eventually founded Spotify. Continue reading “How Daniel Ek Learned to Program and Created Spotify”
Self-taught programmer Kevin Systrom founded Instagram with Mike Krieger in 2010. While working a job as a marketer, Systrom taught himself to program and built the first prototype himself. Just two years after its launch, they sold Instagram to Facebook for one billion dollars. Systrom continues to manage the company today, and over the course of his leadership, he has kept the app elegantly simple, which has helped secured Instagram’s popularity. In this article, we will explore the coding education of Kevin Systrom. Continue reading “The Coding Education of Kevin Systrom: Creator of Instagram”
In February 2017 I lost my job at Fintech. To make ends meet, I started working odd jobs: cutting lenses for glasses, fixing and tuning cars, working as a carnie, and doing any small side programming projects I could. Despite my best efforts, after a few months, I lost my apartment. This is the story of how I went from having a home to homelessness and back again by becoming a programmer. Continue reading “How I Escaped Homelessness by Becoming a Programmer”
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and Square, is one of the most successful self-taught programmers in history. In addition to creating two companies that have become household names, he’s gotten plenty of recognition from his fellows in the technology field. In 2008, the MIT Technology Review named him one of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal awarded him the “Innovator of the Year” award in technology.
Throughout his career, he’s been vocally proud to be self-taught. In an interview with Business Insider, he stated his opinion that “most of the best programmers are self-taught.” Let’s explore his many successes, learn from his less numerous failures, and try to understand the drive that brought him to the forefront of the technology world. Continue reading “How Jack Dorsey Learned to Code and Birthed Twitter”