About Me

Calix Huang - Headshot

Hey, I’m Calix! I’m a 17 y/o student based in the Bay Area, passionate about product, design, and engineering. I'm currently on leadership at Fiveable, hacking growth at Uiflow, and building Recollect.

I founded Hours, which was acquired by Fiveable and now operates as the core platform of the company. I've also built projects like Typesite, Sera, and Ano.js. Read about my accomplishments and failures, and also my 2021 reflection.

My Journey

  • My Start in CS

    Sep 2018

    Developed an interest in ethical hacking and penetration testing and learned everything from online courses.

  • Started Programming

    Dec 2018

    Started learning Python on a recommendation from an instructor. Learned the basics in 5 days, and moved from there.

  • Transfer into DS/ML/AI

    Feb 2019

    After learning programming and making small projects, I decided to use my Python skills to niche myself in data science, ML, and AI.

  • First Hackathon!

    Jun 2019

    Attended my first hackathon because my friend was organizing it, and fell in love with it almost instantly.

  • Shift into Web Development

    Jun 2019

    After learning about web development through my online ML/AI instructor, I pivoted my skill set into full-stack development.

  • First Initiative!

    Jul 2019

    I started HackSpace - a team of HS developers helping nonprofits with development work when they didn't have the funds to outsource it.

  • First Hackathon Victory

    Nov 2019

    I attended and won 1st place and "Best Website" at Atoms&Bits by building Ano.js, an open-source web animation library.

  • First Internship

    Nov 2019

    After over ~100 applications and 3 rejected interviews, I landed my first internship as a SWE intern at Apollo DAE.

  • Launch Tech LLC is born

    May 2020

    After building and releasing 10+ projects, I was encouraged to start my own holding company. After some pivots, Launch Tech LLC was born, which was later rebranded to Ortexo.

  • First Fellowship

    Jun 2020

    After applying and being accepted to LaunchX, Leangap, and other programs, I joined my first Urspace Labs 2020, a product-centric fellowship.

  • Co-founded 1Academy

    Aug 2020

    Networked and met Michael Ye, who then became my co-founder at 1Academy, an e-learning platform with all content being crowdsourced from YouTube.

  • Ortexo Acquired by NovaCrypt

    Sep 2020

    After 5 months of working on Ortexo, we closed a paid asset acquisition deal with NovaCrypt on September 25, 2020.

  • Started building Hours

    Oct 2020

    Starting off as a fun project, I revamped an idea called Hours that I had a while back. Fast-forward to today, the progress is still going strong.

  • Hours Acquired by Fiveable

    May 2021

    A fun project turning into a fast-growing product has finally been sold at a 6-figure valuation with a lot of press surrounding it. Still surreal to this day.

  • Second Fellowship

    Jun 2021

    Joined On Deck Catalyst as a founding fellow in their 1st-ever inaugural cohort after receiving some inspiration from friends and financial support from Fiveable.

  • Break into Venture Capital

    Jul 2021

    After getting some inspiration from other On Deck VC fellows and with the help of my new connections from the acquisition, I joined Spero Ventures as an intern doing research, sourcing, and due-dilligence.