Austen Allred

Austen Allred


I have made remarks that I do not agree with. Senior growth manager at LendUp, co-author of Secret Sauce. Side project: @LambdaSchool

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Why on earth does Amazon not put more effort into Goodreads?

“Hey buddy, what are you building?” “Building isn’t very fun dad. I make things.”

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“Someone once asked me why McDonald’s is so successful. I said ‘our bathrooms are always clean.’ ‘Sure,’ he said, ‘But that’s easy.’ ‘Well,’ I replied, ‘Are your bathrooms clean?’” -Ray Kroc

The amount of sacrifice and dedication that makes it possible to send messages like these is astounding to me. There’s nothing better in the world.

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It’s really, really easy for engineers in Silicon Valley to forget (or have never experienced) what it takes for the average American just to get by.

She demanded she be able to wear a cloak to the first day of school “like they do in the books” and you know what? Might as well let people meet the real her.

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Until 1989 Southwest Airlines used cash register receipts as tickets, but customers would throw them away. In the meeting where the topic was whether to spend $2m on traditional ticket machines, they opted instead to write THIS IS A TICKET in big red letters. It worked.

More than 500 Lambda School students received job offers in 2019

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People generally underestimate two things 1. How hard it is to get your foot in the door as an outsider. I lived in a car for months in Palo Alto with no prospects, connections or money to break into Silicon Valley 2. How wide doors are open once you’re on the inside and hustle

I find it hard to believe people are using Siri and are still convinced AI will take away all of our jobs

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Being blocked by someone doesn’t mean you won an argument. It means you’re annoying.

When I was born 34.8% of the planet lived in extreme poverty. Now it’s below 9.6%. Despite the fact that a lot of bad things still happen, life is getting drastically better for the average human. Why should I not be optimistic about the future?

Lambda School expanding in Africa! Applications open in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and SA. No upfront cost to attend - pay back 10% of salary for 5 yrs (only if >$15k USD), or join a growing list of companies who will pay it off for you!

Today is a day I’ve been waiting for for a long time. We’re launching living stipends for Lambda School students. We pay you $2,000/month for 9 months while you attend. You pay back 10% of salary for 5 years, and only when you’re making $50k+.

Paris attackers were French/Belgian, used their own credit cards and cleartext. Gov response: Ban Syrian refugees, encryption and Bitcoin.

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