It was the 90s, and the dawn of the digital age. Little did I know it was just the beginning for how the world was going to change, my life included.
I was nine years old when I got my hands on my first computer. Like many kids, I was initially drawn to computer games at first. But soon enough, I was drawn to a sense of endless possibilities. The more I used it, the more I wanted to learn and explore.
By the time I was seventeen, I was making money online by selling music that I had taught myself to produce.
My mom took notice, and eventually decided to pull me out of high school. She worked in education all of her life and saw first-hand how some schools failed students who didn't fit into a one-size-fits-all educational model.
I became homeschooled, teaching myself everything I know today through online courses, books and mentors. It provided a personalized and flexible learning experience.
Thankfully, my self-taught skills were starting to pay off as I started making income online. This was until the economic stability of the United States was about to be put to the test.
In 2008, the financial crisis hit the United States. Our country was experiencing one of the worst economic downturns in US history.
Many of us were faced with daunting challenges. For some, it meant losing a job or a home. For others, it meant struggling to make ends meet.
For me, I had just turned 18 and I had to figure out how to raise my newborn daughter.
As with any teenage parent, becoming a father forced me to mature quickly. My purpose in life became greater than myself, my responsibilities intensified, and I knew that I had to do whatever it took to provide for my daughter.
Despite the odds against me, I used everything I taught myself to start my first business. It slowly began turning a profit but not fast enough.
Determined to create a better life for myself and my family, I set out to achieve an impossible dream. I moved to Los Angeles with no family, no friends, and just $300 in my pocket.
To me, California was the land of opportunities and I believed that if I could figure out how to achieve success, it would change the course of my family's history forever.
I eventually succeeded as a tech entrepreneur, founding and growing multiple profitable businesses in the last decade.
Two of my most notable ventures were in the field of artificial intelligence. I founded Persona, an agency that developed technology used by over 100 million people, and was awarded for our A.I. technology.
After this, I moved on to Humai, a med-tech startup where I assembled a team of scientists and researchers to extend human life through advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and medical nanotechnology.
Along the way, I’ve been led by a burning desire to empower the next generation. I spent the last decade mentoring hundreds of young people in various skills such as coding, personal finance, business, and so much more.
Believing that knowledge is power, I have always provided guidance without charge, recognizing that much of what I have learned is not taught in traditional schools.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I wasn’t interested in politics. Like many young people, I didn’t realize the extent to which government policies impacted my life. However, over time, I have come to understand a dark truth. That is, that many of my personal struggles were caused by the dysfunction within our political system, where personal gain often overrides the needs of the community.
This is why I am running to represent my district. Congress is broken. It is divided and unable to pass legislation due to constant disagreements and petty behavior, all of which have no benefit to everyday people.
As your congressman, my first rule of business is to address what I hear my community needs now. That is, affordable housing, safer communities, financial security, and fundamentally keeping toxic partisan ideology from influencing legislation
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