Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a short, wiry Mexican American guy who loves the language and the food he grew up with, but secretly can’t stand the music. I’m a dedicated runner, and an even more dedicated coffee drinker. I’m an artist, a Boston Phoenix alum, an activist, an obsessive student of history who’s almost gotten into a bar fight trying to lecture some stranger about the actual history of Cinco de Mayo while the guy was trying to do shots.
Tell us about a time you failed at something.
Are you kidding? Every day. I have an unusual approach to success and failure. I believe that success is impossible if your vision is big enough. I advocate that people let go of the entire notion of “accomplishment,” in favor of an unending cycle of progressively more intelligent failures. I get a lot of pushback on this from people who understand it philosophically but not in practice. They ask: “Ok, but what sort of results will you be happy with?”
The answer must always be out of reach. Anything less than that is a failure from which we have to learn. We must always fail. And we must always learn. And we must always try harder next time. Success is permission to become complacent.
Why are you so passionate about technology?
What was your journey like to get where you are today?
Why did you start Resilient Coders and what goals did you have in mind at the start?
Why the name “Resilient Coders”?
More and more companies are not requiring college degrees for entry-level jobs, how much of an impact do you think organizations like Resilient Coders could have in the very close future of a degreeless job market?
What career advice would you give to students in the STEAM field and those trying to enter the STEAM field?
Any final words of Wisdom you would like to give to the community?
What is your Favorite Quote?
“Vision and humility are a lethal combination in a leader.” – Gov. Deval Patrick“The good thing about getting kicked in the ass is that when you fall, at least you fall forward.” – My mom
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