Meet Wade Chambers, a former VP of engineering at Twitter, Yahoo, and other places, now the CTO of health startup, Grand Rounds.
But an early disaster the first time he tried to become a manager almost derailed him.
He shares his tips for how he, and anyone, can succeed no matter the odds.
When you think of the stereotypical Silicon Valley tech success story, you probably think about a straight-A student from a premier university, like Stanford or Harvard inventing something in their dorm room.
Wade Chambers’ career is anything but stereotypical.
He’s a self-described graduate from the “school of hard knocks” and shared with Business Insider the lessons he learned about how to teach yourself anything, become a better manager, and how to throw off your self-limiting fears.
Today Chambers is the CTO of Grand Rounds, a healthcare startup that offers artificial intelligence software to help doctors make more accurate diagnoses.
But he’s better known in the industry as Twitter’s former vice president of engineering, someone with a Valley tech career that stretches back a couple of decades, all the way to Netscape. That was the browser company that forever crowned Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz as tech moguls.
Hanging with President Ronald Reagan
Chambers was born into poverty in southeast Missouri. He never went to college but instead joined the US military at age 19 to escape his hometown. In the military, he landed a job as a “graphics specialist” at the White House, someone who created fancy graphics for military presentations in the Situation Room.
“It was there that I taught myself how to program,” he said.
“It was a heady time for a 19 year old,” he described, working in a place were President Ronald Reagan or Vice President George H.W. Bush could be seen roaming the halls with guests like Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Source:: Business Insider