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A new documentary from the socially minded organization Ympact explores the inner workings of Silicon Valley and features an interview with Hack Reactor Cofounder and CEO Tony Phillips. The film, Welcome to Silicon Valley, examines this unique part of the world through various exemplary people, including investors, emerging startup founders and serial entrepreneurs, that have helped make Silicon Valley what it is. Phillips describes the commitment he and the other founders have to our students:
"You get so emotionally attached to what you're doing and who you are doing it with,” Phillips says in the film. “We are all just fully invested in working here, helping the students and really just having the experience of being around the people that we're having an impact on.”
The film celebrates people like Phillips who are positively influencing the world through their entrepreneurial spirit. Other interviewees include Victor Hwang, CEO of Liquidity, which seeks to make clean water cheap and accessible worldwide, and Danielle Fong, Cofounder and Chief Scientist at the renewable energy startup Lightsail Energy.
“By teaching so many bright and energetic people how to code, Hack Reactor allows them to build their and our future. Thus, Hack Reactor embodies some of the best elements of Silicon Valley culture," says Ympact Co-founder and documentary creator Michele D'Aliessi.
Welcome to Silicon Valley makes the point that, while Silicon Valley is the hub of entrepreneurial activity in the U.S., what really defines it is a willingness to take risks and devote oneself to an idea.
“One thing that never gets old for me,” says Phillips, “is seeing students take what we’ve taught them and go in a direction that’s just awesome and unexpected. We have graduates at the tech giants, like Google and Facebook, but we also have people who saw a hole in the market and created a startup to fill it. We even have grads that are joining our partner network to build their own school.”
By teaching, not just cutting edge technologies, but self-teaching skills, Hack Reactor empowers its students to go in any direction they choose in tech-related fields.
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