[VIDEO] The Real Story of the Homeless Coder
Dec 14,2013 0 Comments
Leo Grand made the news when 23-year-old programmer Patrick McConologue volunteered to give him coding lessons. This is his story, in his own words.
Patrick McConlogue, 23, said he passed by Leo Grand, 37, every day for five months. One day (Aug. 22, 2013, to be exact), McConlogue stopped and made the homeless man an offer: Grand could either have $100 to spend however he wanted or learn how to code from McConlogue.
“I went with door No. 2,” Grand says on the video. McConlogue gave Grand three books on coding, and the two men met frequently to go over the lessons. Fast forward a few months, and McConlogue had taught Grand how to code and Grand created a mobile app that’s now for sale.
The carpooling app for iOS and Android launched on Dec. 9 for 99 cents. It has already racked up a ton of positive publicity and user reviews. And it was built in just 109 days.