30

  • Born
  • Crawled
  • Walked
  • Nearly died
  • Lost my tonsils
  • Lost my baby teeth
  • Moved to Indiana
  • Went to elementary school
  • Won the spelling bee three times
  • Discovered the Internet
  • Went to junior high
  • Had my first kiss
  • Taught myself Visual Basic
  • Met my high school sweetheart
  • Grew my hair to my shoulders
  • Almost got expelled, multiple times
  • Went to high school
  • Met the girl I would marry
  • Switched to Linux
  • Spent far too much time switching between Debian, Slackware and Red Hat
  • Learned to drive
  • Graduated from high school
  • Switched to a Mac
  • Went to Purdue
  • Experienced my first heartbreak
  • Failed out of Computer Science after 1 semester
  • Went to the University of Southern Indiana
  • Went back to Purdue
  • Graduated Purdue (but not for Computer Science!)
  • Started Second Gear
  • Learned Objective-C
  • Released Today for OS X
  • Got an iPhone
  • Built PocketTweets with Robert Andersen
  • Released a native iOS app
  • Started FuckingNDA.com
  • Quit the App Store
  • Did a radio show for a year
  • Did a radio segment for two years after that
  • Got married
  • Moved back to Central Indiana
  • Organized Indie+Relief with Garrett Murray and raised $143,872 for charity
  • Started public speaking
  • Went back to the App Store with Elements
  • Dealt with a lot of health stuff
  • Got a divorce
  • Sold everything and moved to San Francisco
  • Shipped HotelTonight’s iPad app
  • Went to Hipstamatic
  • Became an uncle
  • Made some great friends
  • Got laid off at Hipstamatic before I could ship anything
  • Sold everything that didn’t fit into four boxes and drove to Colorado
  • Turned 30

Here’s to another thirty years.

About Justin

Justin Williams is the Crew Chief of Second Gear, makers of Glassboard. He writes about consumer technology, running a bootstrapped software business, and more from Denver, Colorado.

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