Dave Fontenot

Founder @MHacks Hackathon, attended by 3000 students since it began in 2013


Hackathons are like gyms.


I’m a pretty small guy, so I never really go to the gym. But, if I never go to the gym, I’m never going to get big. Hackathons are like gyms. If you already know how…


Spending the last week in Austin, I felt so alive

I danced til I could barely walk, listened to amazing live music, recorded music for the first time myself, and all-around hit pretty…


Unplugged: I’m not Jewish but I may begin observing the sabbath

I disappeared for the last 3 days. You probably didn’t notice but it felt great.


Get your engineers on the phone

Recruit by being better and telling people about it


How much time do your engineers spend on the phone?

Likely not enough.

Your engineers should jump on 5–10 minute calls with interested engineers.

Talent is everything.

Publications edited by Dave Fontenot

With hacker culture sweeping over the globe, people are becoming increasingly addicted to hackathons. We can resist them, or propel them further. You decide. 

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Color Reno

The world is changing. No longer do you simply need to go to college to get a job. Today, it’s more important than ever to create your own job. This hacker/entrepreneurial mindset that you can change the world by building it is spreading to campuses all over the globe. Here are o


Dave Fontenot’s College Essay


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” -Robert Frost

That July 2nd, 2008, will forever remain in my mind is incontrovertible. Riding up and down the hills of Ocala, Florida, on the back of an ATV with my best friend, Austin, at the helm, I felt safe and secure. I decided to…


Dave Fontenot’s College Essay Early Draft


Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” -Robert Frost

That July 2nd, 2008 will forever remain in my mind is incontrovertible. Riding up…


2015 Weekend Schedule

Think there’s an event I should attend? Comment and tell me why!


Dave’s 2015 Weekend Schedule


The Chipotle Rule


Why I don’t eat at Chipotle

Chipotle is good, but I refuse to eat there anymore. There’s nothing wrong with Chipotle. I know if I go to Chipotle every…


The Chipotle Rule


Why I don’t eat at Chipotle

Chipotle is good, but I refuse to eat there anymore.


Hackathons - The Gateway Drug

Part I: The hacker value prop


Hackathons

“The Gateway Drug”

Part I: The hacker value prop

Whether it’s your first time coding, or you’ve been coding since you were 7, a hackathon provides the perfect opportunity to dive into a new skill.


Why I’m not going back to school

You don’t fly by your peers by sitting next to them in class.


I recently decided not to return to the University of Michigan…