Hey, I’m Calix! I’m a 16 y/o software engineer and product manager, specializing in consumers and edtech. Currently a product manager at Fiveable, a venture capital intern at Spero Ventures, a founding fellow at On Deck (ODC1), and launching new projects and ventures on Launch Tech LLC.
Developed an interest in ethical hacking and penetration testing and learned everything from online courses.
Started learning Python on a recommendation from an instructor. Learned the basics in 5 days, and moved from there.
After learning programming and making small projects, I decided to use my Python skills to niche myself in data science, ML, and AI.
Attended my first hackathon because my friend was organizing it, and fell in love with it almost instantly.
After learning about web development through my online ML/AI instructor, I pivoted my skill set into full-stack development.
I started HackSpace - a team of HS developers helping nonprofits with development work when they didn't have the funds to outsource it.
I attended and won 1st place and "Best Website" at Atoms&Bits by building Ano.js, an open-source web animation library.
After over ~100 applications and 3 rejected interviews, I landed my first internship as a SWE intern at Apollo DAE.
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.
After applying and being accepted to LaunchX, Leangap, and other programs, I joined my first Urspace Labs 2020, a product-centric fellowship.
Networked and met Michael Ye, who then became my co-founder at 1Academy, an e-learning platform with all content being crowdsourced from YouTube.
After 5 months of working on Ortexo, we closed a paid asset acquisition deal with NovaCrypt on September 25, 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.
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.
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.
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.