Teen Programmer in East Bay Creates Study-Buddy Internet Platform for Students – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX) – An enterprising teenager from East Bay reflects on how to invest his six-figure profits after selling a startup he founded during the pandemic.
Calix Huang developed an idea last fall to improve virtual studies during the pandemic.
The self-taught coder programmed the project overnight:
“I was able to get a very simple version of it in six to seven hours,” Huang said.
The son of engineers, Huang founded Hours, a virtual study platform that connects students around the world.
Instead of taking practice exams in isolation, Hours allows others to see and discuss a student’s progress as they all study together.
“What has always fascinated me is building things and building projects that people will use and have a positive impact on people,” Huang said.
The free tool has taken off, and in six months more than 20,000 students in over 120 countries have used Hours.
At a time when many students were attending school virtually from home, Aryan Vichare, 17, of Fremont High School, jumped on Hours.
“It becomes really nice to work with others so that you feel motivated and encouraged to work with those around you,” said Vichare. “It really helped me increase my productivity. “
Other CEOs of companies have taken note.
One of them was Amanda DoAmaral, co-founder and CEO of Fiveable, a social learning platform used by four million high school students.
“Completely amazing. It was like when I was 16 I didn’t do this awesome kind of work, ”DoAmaral said.
The former Oakland Public School teacher thought the two companies could be a perfect match: combining Fiveable content and community with the virtual space provided by Hours.
“Hours are like a library. You can sit next to someone and the vibe of this room is that everyone is studying, so I’m going to study too, ”DoAmaral said.
She and Huang made a deal to buy six-figure Hours and hire Huang as a program manager overseeing a team of five.
The experience is a game changer.
Huang said, “I feel like. now i can meet anyone and talk to anyone with some level of confidence with what i have done. I got to talk to some really cool people like Forbes 30 under 30. ”
The 16-year-old online homeschooler will be applying to colleges this fall, but it’s clear the months of producing and selling Hours have already given him years of a head start in his entrepreneurial career.