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I am Preethi Kasireddy. Ask me anything.

Preethi Kasireddy is a Blockchain Engineer who recently made her way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. She was previously a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a banker at Goldman Sachs, and most recently a software engineer at Coinbase. She is currently the Founder & CEO of TruStory, a new blockchain startup. Ask her anything blockchain and programming.

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What's your advice for the beginner Devs/General public trying to learn Blockchain technologies?


I know what sounds lame, but that's how I learned. I started to google about blockchains. Then I would keep reading and reading for hours and days. I would google everything I didn't understand. I read it as many times as I needed to in order to grok it. I went down many rabbit-roles and read many whitepapers. Keep reading and eventually, you'll get to a place where things start to make sense and click.

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What should everyone know about blockchains?

They are still an experiment, and the experiment can fail.

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Hi Preethi !

I want to ask that how one can take positive criticism for his work?

I personally LOVE criticism -- positive or negative. Why? Because I know I'm not perfect, not even close. None of us are, no matter how perfect we seem on the outside. When someone gives you criticism, it should excite you and motivate you. Think of it this way... they are giving you direct feedback on what you could do yo improve or be better. Why not use that to improve yourself? I think it's far worse if someone has some criticism but doesn't share it and keeps it to themselves. Because then you have no clue how you can be a better version of YOU, and they are doing a disservice by hiding it from you.

Think of criticism as an opportunity to become a better version of yourself -- and who doesn't want that? ;)

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Hi, just asking, can I get a job?

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Hey Preethi!

There are very few resources on the web for any technology, which would enable an individual to write production ready code. Most of them are snippets or beginner level tutorial. Even every other new intermediate tutorial or even whole courses sneak away by saying

This code is of course not production ready.

What, according to you, can be done to enable production ready collaboration and learning for self learners like myself, who do not necessarily live in cities or have a programming job, but want to work on their own ideas and launch products?

This is a great question. And I know exactly what you are struggling with. Unfortunately, the only answer is "write production code". Meaning, work at some company, any company, where you actually need to ship code to real users. No matter how many toy problems you do, or algorithm puzzles you tackle, it'll never be the same as shipping code to real users.

Getting that first job is ALWAYS the hardest. For some people, it takes weeks. For others, it takes years. Just don't give up. Find some place that is willing to give you a chance -- even if it means contracting or working part-time to prove yourself.

Another great way to get similar experience is to contribute to open source. Go out there and find libraries that you can contribute to -- even if it means just updating / fixing documentation at first. Open-source is a GREAT way to get experience before you have real "Work experience".

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