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Inventor, Designer & Father of Two, Jacob Durham

I first met Jacob about 10 years ago, and not only is he a kind, humble guy, but he’s also created not one, but TWO very successful Kickstarter campaigns, the BASICS Wallet and BASICS Notebook.

Read below to hear about his early memories as an inventor and where he draws his inspiration.

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Read on if you want to be an inventor, or product designer and need some inspiration

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jacob Durham I was raised in Arizona, then when I was in 7th grade I moved to Japan for 3 years, then spent the last two years of High School in Salt Lake City where I currently am living.  After High school I served an LDS Mission in Busan, South Korea for 2 years and after that I started college at BYU Idaho.  I got married in 2008, and finished out my schooling by getting a Masters degree in Accounting at BYU.  After Graduating I worked with a public accounting firm for a year then with my family’s business doing operations for another year, and then got into Kickstarter. Now I am self employed, running Kickstarter projects and selling our products online under the business name BASICS Products.  I have 2 kids that are everything to me. When I am not spending time with them, I like road biking, photography, and developing and innovating cool new products.

 

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Jacob Durham with his daughter, wife, and baby on the way

 

How did you get started doing product design?
I have always loved design and innovation.  When I was young my brothers and I used to invent machines that would do things like pour your cereal or turn off your light for you when you were lying in bed.  I’ve been creating things since I was very young.  I love being creative and I also love business, when I figured out how to use these two passions together on the Kickstarter platform in summer of 2014, I began to get absorbed in the process of developing products and bringing them to the market through Kickstarter.

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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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