About Me

Calix Huang - Headshot

Hey, I’m Calix! I’m a 16 y/o student based in the Bay Area, passionate about product, design, and engineering. Currently I'm a product manager at Fiveable, hacking growth at Uiflow, and building cool stuff at Creo Ventures.

I've had 2 of my companies acquired, been featured on TechCrunch and CBS, and have built platforms like Hours, 1Academy, and Ano.js. Read about my accomplishments and failures.

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.