By Lukas Blakk
I’m a late-arrival to the booming tech scene in the Bay Area. Due to many reasons including being raised by a working-poor single mother, leaving home early, finishing high school while collecting welfare, and then having no knowledge of Canada’s student loan program culminated in not following a direct route to higher education.
I was always interested in computers and jumped on them whenever there was a chance. In grade 6 we would be bussed once a week to a nearby high school that had a computer lab with Icon computers and I have journal entires from that time – written to my teacher – where I beg her to let me switch lab partners because “Roxanne and I fight over the mouse, we’re both too good with the computer”. I find it hilarious that my proposed solution was to get partnered with someone who was less skilled so I could grab more time on the controls. This is very much the opposite of what I try to do now.
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