In 18 months, I went from no coding experience to selling apps to the NBA, NHL, and Berkshire Hathaway. Then, I released my code under a public license. 2 year follow-up, AMA!
You can read my original AMA here. TL;DR: At my first real job out of college doing econometrics for a minor league hockey team, I had an idea for an app but didn’t know how to code and couldn’t afford to pay someone to program it for me. I bought four books off Amazon and spent the next few months learning how to program. Within 10 months, I got a prototype off the ground and sold it to a few big colleges. It was a synchronized smartphone light show. It was adopted by fans quickly and soon started to spread throughout into the NBA, NHL, concerts, and even corporate events for companies like Berkshire Hathaway and Nissan.
What makes the app unique or special is that that it doesn't use WiFi, Bluetooth, or Cell Service; instead, I designed a mechanism for network-free data transfer using inaudible, ultrasonic sound waves. This ultrasonic transmission protocol ended up expanding to power more than just cool light shows and now is starting to change the ways hundreds of thousands of devices communicate with each other on a daily basis.
A lot has happened since posting my first AMA two years ago. For example, I bought my cat a new, heated bed and had my first experience with investors.
I’ve been extremely lucky with how everything has turned out so far and can only hope for good things to come. My iPhone logs that I'm on Reddit 7+ hours per week... so I thought I'd use that time today in the hopes that I can help others who are just starting to code, wanting to code, or looking to start a business. Or, perhaps more importantly, I just want to re-share this photo of my cat.