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8 Months After Learning To Code And Launching An App, Leo The Homeless Programmer Is Still Homeless
Business Insider ^ | 05/27/2014 | Caroline Moss

Posted on 05/27/2014 7:06:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Last December, a man named Leo Grand created a ride-sharing app that ended up earning him a modest sum of money.

This, in and of itself, is nothing unique. However, Grand was homeless, and had learned to code only four months prior to the launch of his app. A few weeks after the launch, he had made about $10,000.

But today, Leo the Homeless Coder is still homeless. He has yet to touch a penny of his money.

When his app launched, he was center of national attention. No one has followed up on Grand. Grand and his teacher Patrick, the 23-year-old programmer who taught Leo how to code, haven't really wanted media attention.

But the second half of their story is as important as the first. It provides deeper insights into the mindset of a homeless person, and the challenges with trying to find quick, easy solutions for people.

It's a much more complicated story than anyone would have expected.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: apps; coding; homeless; programmer

1 posted on 05/27/2014 7:06:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A truer story of socialism has never been told. Conservatives are accused of being “insensitive.” We are realists. We know damn well that human nature is to be lazy; path of least resistance. Some people are content living on the streets and being “victims.” They’ve made an industry of it.

Meanwhile, the government makes it harder for honest, hardworking people to keep their money while piddling it away on the homeless and indigent.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 7:11:05 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's a much more complicated story than anyone would have expected.

Only to the libs.
3 posted on 05/27/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: SeekAndFind
A few times, McConlogue encouraged Grand to go to the bank and see what they could do to help him set up an account. They never made it more than a few blocks before Grand insisted on turning around.

It could be that Grand (the homeless guy) is uncomfortable with change. Or it might be that Grand is uncomfortable with having to give over his real, verifiable, name and SS#, and be locatable by whatever women from his past he owes child support to, and get red-flagged by whatever agencies have outstanding warrants out for him.

4 posted on 05/27/2014 7:18:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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5 posted on 05/27/2014 7:22:17 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Obama economy is far worse than the idiot morning shows and such would have one believe.

Those who think they are untouchable are in for a rude awakening.

Not one thing has been done since banks stopped loaning money to one another in 2008.

Except for The Fed running the printing presses at 30,000 rpm.

I wonder how long this game will last.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 7:22:29 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: rarestia
A truer story of socialism has never been told. Conservatives are accused of being “insensitive.” We are realists. We know damn well that human nature is to be lazy; path of least resistance. Some people are content living on the streets and being “victims.”

but the guy in this story does not come across as a victim... does not seem to be playing the victim... plus he is taking classes, continuing to learn to code... maybe at some point he will be ready to join society with his skills... at this point he is mentally stunted...

7 posted on 05/27/2014 7:35:37 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: rarestia

what i should have said is he is socially stunted...


8 posted on 05/27/2014 7:36:23 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: F15Eagle

It will end at the very moment the fed raises interest rates. And they will have to. I believe it will be as soon as the GOP takes over the congress.

And 30,000 RPM? That slow?


9 posted on 05/27/2014 7:39:54 AM PDT by crz
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To: crz

Might be 200,000 rpm.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 7:40:48 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: latina4dubya

When I volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul back in the 90s, a majority of the homeless I met were mentally ill. They frittered away their family’s money or otherwise did not know how to take care of themselves and had no one willing to do so.

You can teach a man to code all day, and from what I’ve read, it appears he’s a fruitful coder. More power to him. In my experience, teaching the homeless life skills is more important than a trade, at least initially. Many of them lack the basic understanding of how to shop for themselves or how to balance a checkbook. Learning a trade isn’t useful if you don’t know how to properly allocate the monies gained from working that trade.


11 posted on 05/27/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: F15Eagle

That very well could be..but its pretty fast, I will grant you that.

On the other..I think that the fed and democrat party have a very serious political football and will kick it right at the GOP.

Raise the interest rates and the federal debt really skyrockets...and everything that goes along with it. They’ll blame it on the GOP.

And they have to raise them to correct the economy.


12 posted on 05/27/2014 7:47:03 AM PDT by crz
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To: crz

The Democrats may well want to hand the Presidency to the GOP in 2016 and try to keep the printing presses rolling until then.

Dunno. But first I do hope we take the Senate.

I am very worried about America. And I have no faith in the GOPe, not just no faith in the Democrats.


13 posted on 05/27/2014 7:49:39 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Cant argue with you on any of your statements.

If I were the GOP. I would put in place a plan now to head this off. One would be to repeal the FED. Another would be to print the old federal reserve notes again.


14 posted on 05/27/2014 7:54:46 AM PDT by crz
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t NYC have a policy of giving housing to anyone who’s homeless? The dude never needed to be on the street in the first place, and could have found himself a job in the City if he had wanted one.


15 posted on 05/27/2014 7:58:05 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: rarestia

Yes, and there’s generally something quite wrong with someone who can’t figure out how to shop on his or her own. The mentally slow are the ones who can best benefit from such training. The mentally ill often need meds and some other treatment instead.


16 posted on 05/27/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

The documentary “Dark Days” shows examples of this. http://documentarystorm.com/dark-days/


17 posted on 05/27/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT by paltz
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To: 9YearLurker

Perhaps he is waiting till he can pay cash for the new house and have enough money to pay the taxes for a few years.


18 posted on 05/27/2014 8:48:00 AM PDT by cotton
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To: SeekAndFind

This story seems similar to that of Ervin T. Rouse, who wrote “Orange Blossom Special”. Though he was taking in royalties that would have provided quite well for him, he lived on the streets. http://www.paulcastlemusic.com/orange-blossom-special.html


19 posted on 05/27/2014 8:53:44 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: cotton

In NYC that’s gonna be quite a wait.


20 posted on 05/27/2014 8:59:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

I know a man who was a productive member of society until his 50s, at which time he chose to be homeless. He has rejected all offers of help from his family and is homeless today.

He does have a laptop and a Facebook page, though, LOL!


21 posted on 05/27/2014 9:05:08 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I have seen that happen several times.


22 posted on 05/27/2014 10:24:44 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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