Why every entrepreneur needs to learn to code (something)

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Or, my journey into the driver’s seat

How many times have you heard the founder of a super successful startup tell some version of this story:

When I was 12 years old I got my very first computer. When all the other kids were outside playing I was sitting in my basement hacking away and learninghow to program my computer. I’ve just always been good at this stuff since I was a little kid. Yadda Yadda Yadda.”

I fuckin’ hate that story!

I hate it because it does the opposite of inspire (most of us). Instead, it makes learning to code feel completely and utterly out of reach.

I wasn’t that kid. I was outside running through sprinklers, salting slugs, and falling out of trees.

Now I’m 29 and I recently found myself wondering if it was too late for me…

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The good, the bad, the ugly


 ‘There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us”


– attributed (perhaps wrongly) to Robert Louis Stevenson

Rolling Stones

“A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish”

– Oliver Herford

But isn’t this true too:

“Rolling stone
Gathers no moss
But leaves a trail of Busted Stuff”

– from the song,  “Busted Stuff”, by the Dave Matthews Band

If it matters, the Mythbusters fact-checked for 60 days if a rolling stone did gather any moss, and found the ancient proverb to be true.

Does it really matter?

Abolutely, Positively, Sure

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”
– Ansel Adams

Look at you

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

The art of winning

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”


– Sun Tzu