Haseeb Qureshi

Why I Became an Effective Altruist

EA Global, the largest ever public gathering of EAs, has left me reflecting on what it means to be an effective altruist.

A few weeks ago, 400+ attendees and prominent EA activists, including Will MacAskill and Nick Bostrom (and Elon Musk!), converged on a Google Campus in Mountain View to discuss the state and direction of the EA movement. I ended up donning a volunteer shirt and helping out—time-keeping for talks, directing and crowd-control, moving heavy objects (a weakness of many Effective Altruists), and scrambling to save the conference from various minor emergencies.

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My first job-job: Instructor at App Academy

It’s officially official.

At week 8 into my 12 week coding bootcamp, I was whisked into a room with Ned Ruggeri, the co-founder of App Academy. He sat me down and told me that I was the top student in my cohort (40~ students), and asked that I come on as an instructor and help teach the bootcamp. With the position comes a competitive package, the opportunity to teach others what I’ve learned, strengthen my skills as a coder, and the potential to develop future App Academy computer science curriculum.

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Coding Adventures at App Academy (Haseeb Writes Code)

It’s been two weeks now since I began the coding bootcamp at App Academy. The material has been blasted at us at a breakneck pace, and I’ve been learning a ton. Among the things I’ve learned: what “90 hours a week” feels like. The past 5 days, I’ve been at App Academy from 10AM till midnight, every single day.

It’s strange; it feels like just a few days ago that I first posted that I was going to move out here. But we’re already beginning week 3 of the academy. It’s all a flurry of building programs and trying not to under-sleep. That said, I’ve gained more confidence in my abilities as a coder. I’m starting to suspect I really have some potential for this.

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Why I’m Becoming a Web Developer

A new stage in my life began four days ago. I got out of a taxi on 7th and Market Street, with all of my belongings stuffed into a backpack and one suitcase. To my left, homeless men were peddling their wares and accosting passersby, and on my right, I could see the dizzying buildings packed with San Francisco’s most promising startups.

I’ve never lived in a city like this before. Not like San Francisco. I’m frantically trying to figure out this city and the tech industry. To put it simply, I’m lost and excited.

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Why I’ve Decided to Devote my Career to Earning-to-Give

It’s been almost four years now since I retired from professional poker. I haven’t played a single hand of poker since then. I’ve written a lot about poker, I’ve coached a lot of poker players, but the game itself is long behind me.

So what comes next?

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