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Monday, September 26, 2022
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Richie Learned to Code at Sabio, and Launched his own Tech Startup

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Richie Learned to Code at Sabio, and Launched his own Tech Startup
Monday, September 26, 2022

Richie Learned to Code at Sabio, and Launched his own Tech Startup

Richie Learned to Code at Sabio, and Launched his own Tech Startup

Sassy:

If you could give me your name and where you're from originally...

Richie:

My name is Richie Galinato. And I'm from the central coast small town called Los Osos, California. And I live here in Orange County now.

Sassy:

Okay, cool. And tell me about your background and what led you to Sabio.

Richie:

I'm actually a Navy veteran, and I was aboard the Carl Vinson, US aircraft carrier. And I operated the nuclear reactors onboard there. But when I got out, I went to business school and worked at a brewery for a little bit. It just didn't feel right. I knew I wanted to build my own project eventually, or you know, start my own business with where the word world's heading now Tech was the way to go. I found out about Sabio how they accepted the GI Bill.

Sassy:

Why did you choose Sabio specifically?

Richie:

They were the only one at the time is back in late 2017, who was taking GI Bill and offering veteran services. And after meeting the instructors and talking to other boot camps, Sabio definitely stood above the rest.

Sassy:

And what about it like made it seem different to you?

Richie:

When I went to the info session, the two other boot camps that I went to go check out, they didn't more of a sales pitch, whereas Sabio, they just gave me information. They gave me the numbers, what I'd be learning, I had no idea about anything that had to do with like computers or coding, they told me that was going to be an extremely rigorous process, a hard boot camp, but it'd be well worth in the end. And they backed up a lot of what they said with with numbers.

Sassy:

So can you describe your personal experience at Sabio as though you're telling someone who didn't know anything about it.

Richie:

A lot of the time in the beginning, which is spent really learning how to look stuff up online, I was really close to my cohort mates, we stuck through it, learn how to code and we ended up building a project on our own. And it was really cool to see a project built from the beginning to the end, and finally doing a demo at the end of it. It's really up to the person to go and their education is in their own hands.

Sassy:

So what was your experience like with the Sabio Instructors?

Richie:

Going in the military? Well, 100% of the times you're being told what to do with Sabio. And learning how to code is completely different. Like I said, you have to go learn things on your own. And your instructor is there to guide you. Jeremy was awesome. He was there to really guide me along the process point me in the right direction. And when I was really stuck to really stay later there to walk me through a lot of the problems that I had with coding and just the staff in general over at Sabio we're really veteran friendly.

Sassy:

What type of developer Are you now?

Richie:

I worked as a software developer for Yardie. And after that, I decided to go and build my own company. And actually, it's because of Gregorio and Liliana, they helped build my MVP, I not only got to be part of the Sabio process as a student, but also as a product owner, it was really cool to see it from the other side, working with the students helping them you know, build out my vision and my project, it kind of opened my eyes a little bit more. And I was able to help them later to get jobs because I went through the same process well.

Sassy:

So how's your company doing now?

Richie:

We just recently got our pre seed round of funding. We raised $250,000 It's just like going through Sabio all over again with starting a company and fundraising but Sabio really gave me the foundation that I need to go and really learn.

Sassy:

What does your company do?

Richie:

Our company is called prospect and we turn athlete fan ship into funding up until athletes earn sponsorships or monetary contracts, they have to find their entire way through until they make it to the podium until they win gold I started realizing that a lot of these guys don't have the tools or the tech to go and build their own brand and to monetize their social media following right 95% of athletes have to go and vendor their way entire way through whether it's coaching, food supplements, they have to pay for all that out of pocket. So a lot of them have to work part time and have to go and you know, train still I connected the dots and really watch what Twitch and Patreon did with musicians and artists and gamers. And I'm applying that same model to athletes right now. Trying to have fans, phone athletes through our platform, especially nowadays with the pandemic, right well, everything's canceled even the Olympics and we've actually had a bunch of athletes reach out to us and see if our platform was ready. And we're looking to launch end of May early June for athlete concentrators, and then fans will be able to onboard middle of June.

Sassy:

How did like Sabio help you with the job interview process?

Richie:

We're just getting drilled that constantly interview questions we're whiteboarding and they're putting us to scenarios where they would imitate an actual interview. They don't just prep us but they also put us in front of people when when I went to go and interview for Yardie. It was a long drawn out process. But without going through the wringer with Sabio beforehand, I wouldn't have known what to expect, but I was able to get that job right on graduation day.

Sassy:

Wow, that's awesome! What like Sabio principles have you found that you've kind of taken with you through your job process?

Richie:

Bobby, in general, just you know, long hours hard work. It's really a grind. And when you really want to make things happen, I had to put in a lot of hours into this just like I did while I was sitting as a student at Sabio. And one of the big things I took from Sabio was, no matter how dark or how hard it gets, just the fact that you don't give up and you can persevere through you can make big things happen. And then outside of that, I guess just finding like minded people and surrounding yourself with them. And when you have a group of people there with you struggling all at the same time, you really can, I guess push through those hard times with them because you're alongside them.

Sassy:

How has your life changed in a positive way because of Sabio?

Richie:

Before this, like I said I was working in engineering And a lot of machinery were jumping into the tech space, I've not only learned that I can code, my own software, you know, come on stuff. But there's a lot of opportunities out there, especially in the tech space. And Sabio was definitely that door for me. They made me realize that with a lot of hard work, and a lot of grit and determination, like big things can happen.

Sassy:

What advice would you give to those who are interested in Sabio and those who are interested in just learning to code?

Richie:

Starting over at Sabio, definitely get into an info session or right now's the perfect time, you can join through zoom felt like we're running around, you know, going out right now. Jump in and do it now is always the time, right? I mean, it's either that or watching Netflix, I guess. I had no coding experience before. I used to type with two fingers prior to Sabio. You can do a lot in 90 days, and especially right now. Finding the information, all information out there and the coding, like the videos, there's a lot and it can be overwhelming having the instructor or the you know, the or Sabio to guide you will really help.

Sassy:

Is there anything that you want to add?

Richie:

I like to thank all of the first responders and everybody working during this pandemic right now. All of you guys make it possible for us to, you know, us nerds to sit down. Everybody's listening right now, who has an itch to go and learn how to code or jump into tech. Just take that leap. Don't wait, or else you know, someone else is gonna take that job before you do.

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