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Interview: Leo Trieu, Dad, Code School Founder, and Developer

I found out about Leo when his code school, Code4 Startup was posted on Product Hunt here. I saw that he was also a dad building this in his spare time and I knew he’s be a perfect fit.

Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Leo Trieu, just a random guy to this world but a big dad to my 1 year old boy. Most of you might know me as a founder of Code4Startup.com, an online education platform, code school, where you can learn modern tech stacks like AngularJS, Firebase, NodeJS, Ruby and Rails and more by cloning real life startup projects, like building something like AirBnB, TaskRabbit, or how to make a bootstrap landing page. I even show you how to make your own code school website like mine! Apart from that, I’m still a full time employee working as software developer in a Melbourne based company from 9am-5pm.

Leo with his family.

Leo being goofy with his wife and son.

How did you get started this industry?
Originally, I wanted to create a community platform for startups to share their ideas, tools, prototypes, etc and then I talked to a number of founders in Lean Startup meetups. It was quite interesting that about 65% of them have non-technical background and 40% of that figure wanted to learn how to code. The challenges they faced were having enough time and having the right direction. They claimed that they had to almost start over from basic HTML, CSS and learn one of the web application frameworks but ended up with not much except simple TODO, chatting or shopping cart apps. I’ve sort of “been there, done that”, so I felt the same way and understood their problem. That was when I got the idea for my online code school, Code4Startup where I teach people how to code using modern technologies in a practical way with real life startups as the motivation. My methodology is simple: You just need to learn what you need to build your app. You don’t have to learn everything about HTML, CSS, Javascript, Angular or Ruby and Rails as it’s going to take long time to get through the process. Instead, just pick some features that will do the job for you and combine everything you learn into an app. That’s it. Doing it this way won’t make you a super star developer but it will get you a REAL thing that you can start with in the REAL world.

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Interview: Leah Remillét, Strategist for Creative Entrepreneurs

Looks like I have a lot to learn from Leah. She shares some amazing tips in here, so read it, bookmark it, and read it again.

Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, let’s see. I live in Seattle, WA. with my husband and our three enchanting kiddos. At 3:30pm every day I transform back into a homework aiding, activity chauffeuring, dinner preparing mama but before their school bell rings, I’m the owner and boss lady of Leah Remillét International Inc. Basically, I’m a success strategist for creative entrepreneurs around the globe. My little team and I work to help big thinking creatives turn their dreams and goals into their reality.

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How did you get started in photography?
I saw a blog. And that was it. I knew I had to be a photographer. So I convinced (and begged) my husband to let us sell some of our furniture and his laptop on craigslist so I could buy a camera and give it a try. It’s pretty crazy that he let me do this because at the time we were living as students in this little one bedroom cinderblock apartment with a 3 year old, 2 year old and 3 month old. What can I say? I have impeccable timing. But it was one of those things where you just knew.

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Interview: Eli of UX-App, High School Teacher Turned Designer Developer

I learned about Eli from a design community, Designer News, that I check daily and I was really impressed with his journey to how he got to where he is today. He was gracious enough to participate in this interview and I know you’re gonna love it.

 

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Eli, I have a lovely wife, and we welcomed our son, Ethan, into the world 6 months ago. I’m a 34 year old high school teacher by day. I’ve been working as a teacher for over 10 years. It is a rewarding and challenging profession which has helped me to shape the direction in which my product, UX-App, has evolved.

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I was born in Poland in a town called Szczecin in 1980. Due to the political instability of the 80’s my parents emigrated as refugees, first to Austria and then ultimately settling in Adelaide, Australia.

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Interview: Annalise Sandberg, Completely Delicious

Full disclosure, her Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are better than any PB cookie you’ve ever. had. in. your. life.

Hey Annalise, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a full-time blogger and recipe developer, and also a stay-at-home mom to my two year-old son, John. My family currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Interview: Food blogger and founder of Completely Delicious, Annalise Sandberg  with her husband and son

Annalise with her husband and son at one of her favorite places to visit.

How did you get started this industry?
I started blogging to document my time in culinary school and home baking adventures.

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Maker Interview: Michael Zaro of Coding Campus

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Seattle. I’m married with two wonderful little girls, I’m an entrepreneur, and I’m a Mormon. When I’ve got some free time I’m usually with the family at the ocean, in the mountains, or working in our garden. From time to time I sneak in some basketball and snowboarding.

 

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Michael with his wife, Karen, and their cute daughters.

 

How did you get started this industry?

I grew up pretty entrepreneurial, and always like the freedom that came from doing your own thing. I actually went to college with plans to become a dentist but after serving an LDS mission I started to realize that I like the running a practice part of dentistry, more than the fixing teeth part. So I started looking at options in business and took an e-business lecture series where we heard from a bunch of engineers in the tech and software space. A few months later I had launched my first tech startup and I’ve been in tech ever since.

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Let’s get started!

It’s hard enough to be a parent, or a founder as it is, but add them together? When do you sleep?!

No sleep

But I seriously want to know, when DO you sleep? How are you able to get it all done? Hopefully, by creating this very niche (but maybe not so much) community of parents who also happen to be creators, or founders, we can learn from each others successes and failures.

If you know of anyone that you think would be a good fit, please let me know on Twitter.

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