Below I’m putting some stuff I did to get going into

Stage 0: Preparation

Leetcode and Grokking for understanding high level system design

Best guide for how to tackle leetcode questions: https://www.reddit.com/r/cscareerquestions/comments/6luszf/a_leetcode_grinding_guide/

Grokking for system design: https://www.educative.io/collection/5668639101419520/5649050225344512

Can start doing applying/interviewing with C tier companies and startups you don’t care about at about 100 questions.

Stage 1 Preparing Resume:
Tons of resources online, get peer feedback and get as much feedback to make your resume god tier. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU CAN’T GET REFERRALS.

Stage 2 Interview Bronze Tier:

2–3 interviews with startups, small companies and companies you don’t care about. …


The perspective of the foreign immigrant to any US born individual is fraught with pain and happiness. This blog will have a specific view point from someone who was brought at a young age. To some extent it will be about my own story, my own past. For you, the reader, my goal is to inform you of the growing pains when immigrating. It’s not all roses and sunshine. Although, it will end on a happy note.

Fear

Everyday you wake up knowing that there is a chance this might be the last day you live in the United States. Deportation is not a laughing matter, rather a fear mongering ideal that scares your thoughts and perspectives. This lives internally with migrant families. As a child, you realize the limitation. While all of your peers dream of going to college or maybe being a fireman/soldier/policeman you know that you are barred from that. More than likely you’ll have to work construction using some falsified documents. Even if you get the best grades the government ignores you for a large portion of scholarships would be from helping you. …


Things move fast out here in the Bay, and I’ve gotten caught up in the moments. After college it’s an undefined race towards success. Everyone’s trying to become the next Linus, Steve Jobs, or Wozniak. It’s ruthless.

For now, I just make sure to breathe.

Currently I’m learning at clockwork speed various design concepts. Some of these components include generic software engineer tools (sequence diagram) to architecture from mainly a back end engineering focus. I’ve realized I know very little compared to what I wish I knew. From serialization, to design principles, sharding, microservices with RPCs or Pub/Sub (that’s a thing), and much more. Databases is another big tool that we heavily under look, and when scaling to millions of users its nearly impossible to do so, and/or super-expensive if you let Amazon make the decisions for you (ahem, Aurora).

I’ll get back to studying, see you next month :)!


Today I will tell the story of why I came to the chaotic land that is Silicon Valley. Why would someone move to a place with great stress and insane costs of living, and an impossible housing market to get into? It’s hard to find a date, it’s even harder to find a homeowner that accepts loans as most prefer cash.
It was a weekday and I tweeted out to an organizer to get invited to a hackathon event that was held in the computer history museum. I had to go as it was in this far out location known as Silicon Valley. At first, I was mainly attracted to the compensation of receiving a voucher to go to California for the first time and see the wondrous companies in the area. Having participated in the various different Hackathons before I had a feeling of what to do, grab a bunch of energy drinks and sit in a group with teammates. …


There is a lot to say in life, and in those words, I will state the following:

I say I lie in this world of bottomless lies. Work winds us like a clock and as it ticks we move forward on the endless circuit of life. Like an electron serving it mindlessly follows the path that’s been laid out on the board.

I don’t have much to update, besides saying I’ve worked a lot and am looking for more as my first little startup failed already. Things move fast here, people build/shape/create quickly. Also coming here is generally ill-advised as the cost of living is insane, it’s hard to have a family, let alone find a partner as a male xD. …


Gotta keep these short as now I’m getting busier and busier with work, events and online classes.

Basically, last weekend I attended a presentation by the Igniter club, which ended up getting me introduced to a new book author Rand Fishkin who wrote “Lost and Founder”. His presentation incorporated the main elements of his book, with details of his struggles through the abyss of the startup world and his methodologies for managing chaos, including his stress management on defaulting loans. The strongest engineering point he made was don’t throw trash products out or else your company will be forever plagued by a poor reputation in terms of engineering ability. Another one was the idea that providing consulting services can be used to create a product by finding a general solution to the re-occurring problem faced by your clients. Then, that product can be transitioned into a full-fledged service. …


So I recently attended various different meet-ups including a deep neural network workshop as well as a meet-up focused on start-up pitches and networking session and will mainly talk about them below.

Upon my first impression of the start-up pitch, I thought it would be a hostile environment in terms of people attempting to milk and steal ideas from each other. However, it turned out to be the exact opposite, and instead, everyone there was extremely welcoming to new ideas. It was as if everyone was allowed to dream again, something only limited to your childhood. Throughout the evening we continued to talk and the comment that resonated in my heart was when a director of engineering was reassuring me by saying: “This is Silicon Valley, people don’t steal ideas from each other. They help each other along the way as we’re all in it together.” It struck my heart as I was accustomed to ruthless competition. I even received praise for my ideas and we all got to know each better in the end. Honestly, I would’ve gone out for drinks with the people I just met, had I not promised to meet with a friend after. …


The goal of this blog will be to discuss about my experiences in this strange new tech center. It’s the heart of tech business in America, with numerous amounts of year vehicles since the dream of ever being able to afford a home are non-existent.

Unfortunately, the high costs of living have caused numerous amounts of families who live in the area to move out farther from the city or leave completely. The American dream of owning a home is nearly impossible for them as the high home costs are difficult to reach since the combined rent costs and living expenses make it nearly impossible to save. …


I can’t believe we only have two weeks.

First things we instantly learned startup life is fucking hard, even in an incubator and with all the mentorship provided to us.

Few things with early/new employees:

  • Can’t bullshit results and experience or else time (deadlines) will kill you.
  • Must be transparent, since people around you will need to trust you more than your long life partner.

Communication is KEY in the beginning.

Need to be lean and dynamic at the start or else pressure and mistakes tumble out of control. …


Hi everyone, it’s nice to get to use this platform.

I post to write about my current progress in life. Currently, I’m procrastinating learning about the various different concepts of operating systems. It’s a neat topic in school with numerous applications in the computing world.

It’s basically the starting point of how an individual provides inputs and lets the OS do the rest of the work by running commands that make the machine portions work. For example, here I’m typing. The computer wouldn’t know what to do with these specific inputs, unless we had a medium in between that translated those button presses into specific operations inside of whatever it is I’m doing. …

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Bolivian American making strides toward greatness.

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