Do you have any big plans for the future (not just in development, but in overall goals)? If so, what are they?
I dream about the future of a better world. where education is not as frustrating as it is now, I think people should learn on their own, believe it or not, I still suffer from these nightmares about high school tests. The learning experience should be fun and embedding psychological frustration in kids brains should not be the case. Repl.it big goal is to help people learn super easy with 0 frustration.
On more personal goals I would like to grow the company where we have more people sharing the same type of thinking that we have, it'll always be challenging. And more more personal I would like to have a baby at some point so (he /she) can learn design and or programming as well and add a good value to this world.
With regards to our vision for repl.it I answered this in the question about vision but here I can talk about goals and ambitions from more of a personal point of view.
When I was 14 years old (in 2001) I was a big gamer and played pro Counter Strike. So I spent a lot of time going to LAN gaming cafes. At the time, these cafes were using pen and paper to track how many hours a gamer has paid for so that they can tap you on the shoulder and tell you that your time is up. Needless to say, this was a very manual operation, especially for a store that has computers as part of their business I thought it's kind of silly not to automate this process and have an accounting and management system take care of tracking user hours etc.
I saw it as an opportunity to write my first commercial application. I had been programming since I was 6 years old but I never built anything I was able to sell or have others use for real. So I spent the next year or so building an application in VB 6. Programming was the easy part. The hard part was figuring out what database to use, how to package my software, etc, etc. A year and maybe more later I was able to sell my software and made a handsome some of money for a 15 year old. I remember taking all my friends to McDonald's -- I was a self made thousandaire 💰
Since then, I've had the belief that kids can be productive at programming really early in life and that they can contribute to the economy by starting businesses or going to work for tech companies. But there's this minimal prison sentence that we have to do that is 12 years of school and then 4 years of college before we can become productive members of society.
Since then I've been really interested in making it so that more people can create software businesses, startups,
or make money on the side on apps, and part of the solution, I thought, was to make it easy to learn how to code. And that's why I worked at Codecademy where I was the founding engineer. And now starting Repl.it where we want to not only make it easy to learn how to code but also make it possible to build and deploy applications.
So the big plan is, if we are successful, then all you guys, our users, can build, deploy, and make money of off games, apps, websites easily on our platform. If we're successful then there's no age limit for when you can own a business, start a startup, or freelance and build software that you can sell.
We want to take away all the complexity that makes programming boring in some cases and make it fun and productive.
We want to make it so that anyone, from any background, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status, have the tools to learn and make a career out of building software.
That's the big plan 🙏