Ryan's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Culver City, CA

RYAN SCOTT

CEO
Causecast

“Whatever you're interested in, find where the people are who are talking about that in a serious way and go and participate in it and you'll learn really fast. Now you know the level you need to be at-it's exactly the one that you see right there.”

INTERESTS:

Business Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Failure Opportunity

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

business, computer programing, computer science, helping others, internet, motivation, odd jobs, skills, software development, video games, volunteering

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a kid, he always had a vision of sitting behind a desk at his own company; this kicked off a lifelong love of entrepreneurship.
  • At age 9, he organized a street carnival on his block with some inspiration from a Jerry Lewis telethon.
  • At age 10, he learned computer programming and started making his own video games, then started studying machine language.
  • He's always been open to opportunities to build new skills-his openness gave him faith in the Web, while all of his peers were writing it off as a "fad."
  • By 25, he'd started his own computer company, and by 31, he'd sold it for millions and was off to find his next adventure.
  • He moved to Los Angeles and tried to enjoy his success, but he still felt unsatisfied.
  • Realized his ultimate satisfaction would come from using his software development skills for the greater good-this led to him starting Causecast.
  • Says the best thing you can learn from computer programming is that nothing works perfectly on the first try-you have to accept failure and work to fix it.

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