Hey, I’m Calix! I’m a 16 y/o software engineer with a passion for startups and B2C SaaS products, launching new projects and ventures on Launch Tech LLC - a consumer-centric venture incubator.
I've sold 2 companies by 16, had my work featured in Morning Brew, landed my first SWE internship when I was 14, and have been offered partnerships with some of the biggest communities and companies in edtech.
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!
Underwent 6-figure acquisition between Hours & Fiveable
Took on my very first professional contract project
Attended 15+ hackathons
Co-founded my first lean tech startup in educational technology
Accepted into LaunchX, Leangap, and Bluestamp Engineering with an average acceptance rate of around 10-15%
Started building Hours, and gained a lot of traction on the idea.
Started my first ever company and got it acquired
Won my first hackathon 1 year after starting to code
Landed 2 internships in the last 2 months of 2019
Was offered executive positions in nonprofit organizations and companies and turned them down
Got Hours featured in Morning Brew
Self-taught myself programming and learned the basics through building projects
Able to attend hackathons as a workshop leader and a judge
Landed 4 internships within the first 3 months of 2020
Joined a huge intercollegiate nonprofit organization as a normal developer and was promoted to a director
Was offered a partnership by Discord Study, the largest Discord study server with 77k+ members and turned it down
Placed 2nd with my team at CCIC (California Cyber Innovation Challenge), a state-wide cybersecurity competition
Was invited into an early-stage startup as a UI/UX developer
Spoke and mentored at many different hackathons
Accepted into a collegiate/graduate level fellowship based on product design/development
2019: Applied to 120+ internships, got rejected/ghosted by ~110, and got rejected by 3 after an interview
Rejected from multiple officer positions I applied and interviewed for
Started 1Academy with my co-founder, and ended up failing to meet product-market fit, causing us to discontinue the idea.
Failed to place Top 10 in the AWS Summit Deepracing competition 2019 (placed #19)
Struggled with interval burnout from intense work
2020: Applied to ~50 internships, rejected/ghosted by 40, rejected after further review by 5
Rejected from MLH Fellowship and CodeDay Labs
Failed to complete a take-home exercise from an internship employer and was rejected as a candidate
Worked really hard to get an IT internship and failed
Failed to distribute my projects and grow a userbase
Had to drop out of Google Code-in 2019 LAHacks Virtual 2020
Had to quit 3 internships due to time commitments and burnout
Founded, maintained, and ultimately failed my first attempt at a high-school run nonprofit
Faced loneliness throughout the year due to lack of social interaction and social skills
Failed at organizing my first online event
Recruited people into Launch Tech that later stabbed me in the back
Founded my first team within a nonprofit and failed to lead it
Had a short-term identity crisis