I’m Chris Wanstrath, co-founder/CEO of GitHub.
Growing up I really wanted to be a programmer, but all the classes I was able to take at school used antiquated textbooks and dated technologies. I ended up majoring in English in college because these classes had made me believe programming wasn’t for me.
It wasn’t until I discovered the open source community that my passion was re-ignited – not by the software, but by the people. If it wasn’t for the mentors I met through the community, I wouldn’t be here today. I owe all my success to the (informal) teachers who inspired and taught me.
I often wonder how many others attended those same boring CS classes and were discouraged from a career in software. I was extremely lucky to find great mentors, and I know not everyone in my peer group had that same fortune.
So I just wanted to drop in and thank all of you. Not just for using GitHub, for which I am extremely grateful and hope works out wonderfully for you and your students, but especially for teaching and inspiring the next generation of company builders, tinkerers, mobile developers, civic hackers, memory optimizers, and world changers. For helping people understand that software is an amazing technology, and whatever their goals or aspirations – it’s accessible to them if they want it.
Thank you, and welcome!