Paul’s road to LiveIntent began with the realization that he could make a living out of doing something that he enjoyed. He was working as an intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and was about to get his Associate’s Degree in Accounting when he realized that he didn’t want to pursue a career in finance.
Paul had always had a passion for computer science, and hadn’t thought about the fact that he could pursue computer engineering as a career. “It just clicked for me”, he said. After a series of jobs as a full-stack engineer in New York, Paul joined LiveIntent 10 months ago.
“I talked to a lot of people, and they all expressed a lot of interest”, he said. But Paul wanted to make sure that he was actually going to help them: “It’s not enough to point people in the right direction, I want to give them both support and mentorship”
And of course, as an added benefit, the class gets food after every class.
Paul also encourages students to use the same resources that he uses, like Stack Overflow and online classes by Ivy League professors. “These are the courses that I would like to have seen before I started college”, he said.
The Pokemon App is only a stepping stone for Paul’s goal down the road, which is to have a class work through projects that actually benefit the company. At the moment, however, he is still laying the foundations of understandings so that his students can continue to grow: “You have to have the passion, you have to want it, because it’s a lot of work. It’s not going to be overnight that you’re going to develop an app. But you’re going to get everything you need to do that here.”