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Jason Roberts
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My First Angel Investment!!

I was just up visiting in Mill Valley last week and it's incredibly exciting to see this thing take off. It's going to be a lot of damn work, but I believe if done right it has an opportunity to become a really successful business. Go, Doug!
Last fall, my 4th grade son was playing on a recreational soccer team in Mill Valley, California. Since I was a software developer, a few parents from the team (including a Google exec and a VC) asked me if I knew of anyone who could teach kids to code.I grabbed 12 kids from the soccer team and some
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Very nice! The vehicles remind me of the illustrations in this old tome:
http://www.atariarchives.org/basicgames/
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The great thing about having kids is that they give you a real dose of your own medicine. Yesterday, our family went on a 2-hour hike to a little waterfall and for the entire way there my 9-year old son did nothing but talk my ear off about his plans for creating a trillion-dollar space company and for building a space station, and on the entire way back did nothing but talk my wife's ear off about the type of rockets he was going to build in order to move people and supplies between earth and the space station. My wife and I just kept looking at each other in amazement, wondering if he was ever going to stop. Wow! ;)

Oh, and here are two Skype messages I received from him this morning about installing Starmade on my computer. 

6:27am - v.137-v.152 is when you have fast reload A.M.C.'s v.154,v.155,v.156 is when you have slow reload A.M.C.'s

6:28am - v.137,v.1421,v.15,v.152,v.154,v.155,v.156 choose the version

Obviously, I was still sleeping, and I have NO idea what an A.M.C. is. ;)
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My brother, Jay's, story about his run-in with one of the nation's most prolific serial killers was just given an official nod by The Atlantic, and of all things, listed first! Pretty awesome. Go, Jay!

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/05/slightly-more-than-100-fantastic-pieces-of-journalism/284564/
My personal picks for must-read nonfiction from 2013.
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Although terrifying, it was a great piece.
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James Simons is kind of an amazing guy. Maybe not quite Elon Musk amazing, but damn close. ;)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/science/a-billionaire-mathematicians-life-of-ferocious-curiosity.html?referrer=&_r=0
The billionaire mathematician James H. Simons has led a life of ferocious curiosity.
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This almost reads like an April Fool's Day joke:

Musk’s tryst with technology isn’t going to stop here, as the billionaire is looking forward to building cars that can swim and fly. The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO said he’s thinking about how to integrate these features. He said that Tesla can make such a car, but that is not the hard part. The difficult part is to make a flying car that is super safe and super quiet because people will be annoyed if a flying car makes noise.

Musk also said that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will move towards making a car that can transform into a submarine when required and drives up on the beach. He said that only two or three units will be made, as the market for submarine cars is (unsurprisingly) very small.

http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/06/tesla-motors-inc-tsla-ceo-agrees-with-buffett-on-markets/
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reiterated something Warren Buffett said: dealing with the stock markets is like dealing with a "manic depressive."
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Having implemented a market-based payout system (which was a total pain), this is just really cool.

https://stripe.com/blog/send-money-to-debit-cards

I mean you kids today don't know how easy you have it. Back in the good ole' days (2012-2013) it was the Wild West, I'm tellin' ya! To send payments to someone, you had to either mail them a check (that's right, I said mail them a check!), or if (and only if) they happened to live in the US, collect all of their banking information and then send them a payment using a service like Webmasterchecks (who?). Geez, it makes me sleepy just thinking about it. Oh, yeah, and back in those days if you wanted to check the news on your "smart" phone, the screen wasn't even like Retina! Have you ever seen one of those screens? The shit is so blurry it'll make you crossed-eyed just looking at it. But ... I digress.

If you'd like to take a short trip in the "way-back" machine, then listen to this interview that Justin and I did with the CEO and co-founder of Stripe, Patrick Collison, back when the company was in its infancy.

http://techzinglive.com/page/939/168-tz-interview-patrick-collison-stripe

I wonder what he'd say if we interviewed him again. He's probably be very modest about their success (because that's the kind of guy he is), but you know he'd be thinking something along the lines of, "Yeah, we were pretty much right about everything." ;)
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This was just started by my friend Donn Felker and it looks really good. I've heard from the mobile guys at Uber that they're finding it particularly difficult to find good Android devs. I wonder why. It could be that it's just hard to find any good devs in the Bay Area, but my guess is that it's more complicated than that.
 
AndroidJobs.IO (www.androidjobs.io) is now aggregating jobs from AngelList (angel.co) as well as GitHub Jobs (jobs.github.com) - More to come soon. I plan to aggregate as many job boards as possible so AndroidJobs.IO is the go to place for Android Professionals who are looking for work.

Please re-share to get the word out!
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I'm a serial entrepreneur, freelance software developer and co-host of the TechZing podcast. I've co-founded six companies since graduating college in 1993, hopping back and forth between the worlds of automated, high-frequency trading and web startups. I've been working as a freelance coder since early 2009 while bootstrapping my latest startups AppIgnite and AnyFu.

If you're interested, you can check out my longer form posts on Codus Operandi


I currently live in Pasadena, CA with my wife Sandy and three kids - Colby (7), Isabel (5) and Areli (3). 
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    Mathematics, 1989 - 1993
  • Paideia School
    1985 - 1989
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