Co-Sigh

Last night after finishing my first blog post, my partner and I sat down to discuss our financial projections. Of course, this has to lead to some disagreement over some number or idea that we don’t see eye to eye on, which then leads to a nice lengthy discussion as to why each of us has our respected opinions. What was different about this discussion, however, was that France was about to lay a nice little beating on Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals and as the CXOs of a respectable fantasy football website, we had to watch. Discussion tabled.

During the game we ended up entangled in different discussions and/or arguments about things unrelated to our business, but eventually we got to my favorite topic that I understand almost nothing about, computer science. This came about because I got a text from one of my interns saying that another intern who studies computer science will be joining our team the next morning. This puts me in a bit of a tricky situation because I have zero background in Co-Sci. The truth is I try to act like I know what I’m talking about all the time, but in all honesty, I just spew out whatever sounds like it makes sense based on keywords I’ve picked up on in the Biz.

I found out that our new intern knew Java, but we use Java Script. I’ve known for a while that these two languages were quite different despite the fact that they sound like siblings, but apparently they’re so different that my partner felt it may be easier for our new intern to work on Git instead. Git? What the hell is Git? Sigh, here we go.

Pointing to a screen and quotes like “Git helps you combine work etc.” and “See the green; that’s what was added and the red is what was deleted” threw me into a nice little whirl. I think I Git it, but I definitely do not.

We then made a nice transition into understanding how computers speak to servers (which is another word for computers by the way). HTTP, DDP, C, C+, C sharp, etc. brought us to 1:30 AM, and I was dead tired and ready for a new day.

Ready for day 2 with my interns, I got to the library where we are working. I spoke to our new programmer and put him on the phone with my partner, who would be directing him digitally on how to learn Javascript. All I can really do is hope that he is motivated though because there’s nothing I can really do to help his learning process.

While he was studying up, I got working on having our Italian search through fantasy sports apps to then wireframe (draw out outlines) of what the pages on our app will have and on having our Californian develop graphics for our upcoming season. For the good and the bad, I had an important meeting and wasn’t able to work with them for a few hours, but they did great! I came back to pictures of dissected apps and a graphic that we will send out in the next couple hours.

This was just the beginning of our day though because we were going to a meet-up down the street to hear from some professor and a big investor in the gaming space. When we got there it was packed, like super full, which was great, but also a little overwhelming. Then, the professor started to speak, but to our surprise it wasn’t in English. This led to two of my interns leaving and one sticking it out with me so that we could hear from the investor.

In my (and probably her) opinion, staying was the right choice. We learned about the acceleration of the accelerated world (which is something much less philosophical than it sounds) and the importance of speed and flexibility when starting a company. In short he was really great!

My remaining intern left right before the Q&A, but I had to speak with him even for one second. I got my second, he rejected my card, yet I still left content and ready for the July 4th BBQ I’m heading to right now.

Happy birthday USA! The summer has just begun, and I’m feeling more independent than ever before. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?