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Old 01-17-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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When I founded my first startup in 2008, I was a programming newbie. A degree in economics from Oberlin College hadnít prepared me for a career writing production-ready code. Despite my best efforts at slapping together crude HTML and CSS Django templates, my ability to contribute to our codebase was limited at best. So I started slowly teaching myself to code with online tutorials and lessons. After many disheartening starts and stops, I realized why I was having problems sticking with it: code lessons and videos felt like school to me, and I had no interest in returning to the classroom.

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