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Teen entrepreneur, programmer, and student MICHAEL SAYMAN created an iOS app development company at thirteen, after teaching himself to code. Since then, he has gone on to create dozens of apps, which have been downloaded more than 3 million times worldwide.


"A beguiling account of how [Sayman] became one of Silicon Valley's youngest entrepreneurs. . . . The real emotional center of [his] story . . . lies in the 'catch22' of being Facebook's youngest employee. . . . His strength was being able to educate 'the grown-ups' on the youth market-which led to his significant role in the success of Instagram Stories-while his weakness manifested in his inexperience as a manager. . . . He also shares how-after growing up in a community where 'kids still used "gay" as a putdown'- he learned to be proud of his sexuality as a gay man. Readers will be enthralled by this humanizing look at the tech world." -Publishers Weekly (boxed, starred review)

"A notable debut memoir about identity, immigration, and computer coding. . . . . Sayman is a born storyteller. . . . It's not the extraordinary experiences of a wunderkind building moneymaking apps while still in high school that makes this coming-of-age story so compelling, but rather the ordinary ones. . . . His adventures at [the] secretive tech giants and his insights into their business plans and work cultures add [. . .] fascinating layers to the text. . . . Sayman's superpower is turning his specific Silicon Valley success story into something sweet, universal, and inspirational." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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