From 0 to Sam Altman and Beyond in 9 Months

It’s been a little over 9 months since my baby was conceived, which is pretty impressive considering I don’t have a womb or any female reproductive anatomy. That’s because I’m talking about a virtual birth, one which I’ve had the luck, privilege, and sometimes duty, to have brought into this world.

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It’s been one hell of a ride—in the course of a school year, our group has grown to include high schoolers from all 50 states and more than a dozen countries, organizers from nearly every major U.S. …

HS Hackers Part II

I’m going to try to keep this short (edit: failed), mostly because every minute I spend staring at this draft, my Facebook tab continues to bleep and my phone continues to vibrate. And it’s not because I’m a particularly popular guy, it’s because a Facebook group is currently experiencing… growing pains.

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HS Hackers projected flamewar condititions, circa 5 hours ago

As before, I’m going to assume you’re a member of HS Hackers, so you already know that the group recently hit 900 members, having been started only in September. In case you were busy for the past 24 hours (I was), you might have missed the massive brouhaha that descended upon our little corner of the Internet. …

HS Hackers & TeenDev

Over the past 24 hours, there have been posts, polls, discussions, and general brouhaha about a merger. No, Verizon and T-Mobile are not merging — this is about two Facebook groups: HS Hackers and TeenDev.

I wanted to stay out of it because (frankly) I hoped it would blow over, but as the creator of one of the two groups, HS Hackers, I feel something of an obligation to throw my $0.02 into my ring and hopefully clarify some things.

The HS Hackers Facebook group has a complicated history. For those of you who don’t know (and I’m writing this assuming that you, dear reader, are a member of either TeenDev or HS Hackers), I created HS Hackers group back in September, shortly before PennApps 2013f. My intention (which was largely realized) was to create a place for the dozen or so high schoolers who were hacking at PennApps 2013f to hang out virtually, and meet up at the event. That happened, and for the next few months, the group was basically abandoned, as it had run its original course. …


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