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Stephen Kruiser


February 20, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Teach your kids to code.

How much will WhatsApp’s employees make in the deal?

We don’t know how that $3 billion will be divided.

We do know the $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash will be divided among Whatsapp owners.

Whatsapp employees own a piece of the company.

How much?

Forbes’ Parmy Olson reports: “Early employees are said to have comparatively large equity shares of close to 1%.”

Ready to have your mind blown?

1% of $16 billion is …

… $160 million.

This is the kind of thing that happens in America to people who aren’t constantly told that they’re stuck in one place. It is not, however, the kind of thing that happens to people who trained to only demand a few more dollars in what was always meant to be an entry level job by people who want to keep them politically beholden.

Doug Ross had this nice illustration of the juxtaposition of reality and tired lefty rhetoric.

God bless America.

And remember the thing about teaching your kids to code.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.
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And remember the thing about teaching your kids to code.

That advice is not as useful as you think it is. There are a lot of languages out there so you have to choose one - or a few - to learn. Which ones should they be? Today's hot language has the potential of being tomorrow's dinosaur. Plenty of languages that were once important have already become almost pointless to learn.

Advising people to learn how to code without giving some specifics is roughly as useful as telling people that they can get rich by buying low and selling high if you don't advise them on WHAT to buy.

I don't mean this as an argument against learning to code. I think the mental skills you acquire by learning almost any programming language are still largely transferrable to other programming languages. I'm just not sure that many employers will see it the same way. If I contacted a .NET shop and only had knowledge of Fortran and COBOL, I wouldn't expect to get an interview, let alone a job offer. Even knowing a language somewhat similar language to .NET, like Java, would not guarantee me an interview. Some shops insist on fluent knowledge of their specific shop language with demonstrated expertise accumulated over several years before they will even consider hiring you.

Sometimes this happens to a truly ridiculous extent. I remember the first posting I ever saw for a job writing Java. The employer insisted on five solid years of experience writing various kinds of Java code. Java itself had only been in existence for a bit over a year at that time. It was like someone advertising for a qualified professional airline pilot with 5 years experience the year after the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk.
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