I waited years to make this stupid pun (as did the copyright holders, apparently). Happy new year!
About a year ago, Daniel, a 19-year-old New Zealander, gave me a call, and asked if he could just come by our office and hang out and learn things quietly on his own. He wasn’t sure what to do for university, or if he even wanted to study at all. He was aware we had a techie internship programme, but didn’t feel qualified enough to join us and get paid for it.
We thought, why not? The worst that could happen was he’d come in, and stop showing up after a while. (Which is what happened with some other guy.)
He never stopped showing up.
He learned a whole bunch of programming, made himself very useful, we offered him a proper paid internship, and now he’s off to study CS. Read his story at our blog.
Sam Altman, successful CEO of successful tech incubator Y Combinator:
How To Be Successful: https://t.co/2h1C3jGm1e
This is very long, but I think one of the most important things I’ve ever written.
â€” Sam Altman (@sama) January 24, 2019
Ten years ago, before I started a company, I would have lapped up this kind of blog post.
Now, thoughâ€¦ â€œCompound yourselfâ€? â€œHave almost too much self beliefâ€? And â€œlearn to think independentlyâ€, in a prescriptive 13-point listicle thatâ€™s â€œthe most important thing heâ€™s ever writtenâ€? My eyes rolled right out of my head before I got to the valid points.
Drawn with Procreate on an (old) iPad Pro with an (old) Apple Pencil.
I’ve been promising Kiddo 1 I’d draw his requests whenever he finishes his home learning. Here’s one.
Republished from Medium.
We startedÂ TinkertankerÂ in 2011, and havenâ€™t written much about the company and what we do. As a result, we now regularly get emails from people who think we run an actual tanker.
Maritime recruiters, please stop sending us crew member CVs! We donâ€™t run a ship! Weâ€™ll let you know when we buy one okay, but COEs are expensive
So, here we go:
Who we are. Tinkertanker is a technology and education company. Weâ€™re coders who enjoy teaching, teachers who enjoy coding, and coders who enjoy teaching, and people who repeat themselves. (Did we mention weâ€™re teachers whoâ€¦)
Our products. We run Tinkercademy, where we teach coding and electronics to students of all ages; GuestDay, an iPad-based guest registration service; Get Hacking, an online store for technology toys and tools; and various smaller tech projects, like 125andup, which we recently retired, and our IC Photo app, which, uhh, we should probably get around to updating before Apple kicks us off the App Store.
What we do. Our core strengths are in building software, teaching technology, and creating with electronics; essentially, we spend our time making cool stuff with technology, or teaching folks how to do the same. Not everyone in our team codes and teaches, but we all enjoy tinkering with open-source frameworks, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, design tools, and more.
The office. Our office at Tai Seng is a workshop, lab, and warehouse, with a well-stocked pantry that usually doesnâ€™t contain solder or wood chips. We have three Michelin-starred eateries within walking distance, so that lets us get pretty fat.
So, there we go, an introduction to this little company we call our own. Weâ€™ll keep this post updated as we evolve, and we hope to tell you more about what we do in future posts, which may or may not take another 6 years. Stay tuned!
Republished from Medium.
After I left a five-year stint in the Ministry of Education, I startedÂ Tinkertanker in 2011 with two of my closest friends.
We created our very first invoice for teaching a programming class, did some software consulting, made a couple of apps, hired our first full-timers, started teaching a boatload* of programming classes, started an online store, hired a boatload* of technical interns, worked with IMDA on projects, exhibited at events, designed some hardware, and now we canâ€™t describe what we do in a sentence any more.
So weâ€™re starting a blog:
â€¦ where we get to adapt all these emails and blurbs weâ€™ve written about the company over the years into something we can share. Take a look, and let us know if you have any feedback, want to work with us, or know anyone awesome we can work with.
* Boatload because â€œtankerâ€, get it, get it, hur hur hur
A commission from 2001.
A commission from 2006.
Data that answers important questions such as ‘where does my surname rank on the Chinese leaderboard?’ (12th) and ‘are people named â€œtallâ€ actually concentrated in the northern part of the country?’. (Pshht, tiny Asians.)