Good idea for a topic, @Snazy - one of the great things about a local forum like this is that we can get to know members better and feel closer to our neighbours as a result
I’m Chris, 34, and moved to Honor Oak in 2013. I grew up near Southend, in Essex, and have spent years trying to neutralise the accent, and learning to pronounce “th” properly. Happily, I progressed from “s’aink” to “sumfink” and now I am able to pronounce “something” correctly almost every time
I studied Computer Science at the University of Bath, graduated 11 years ago, and have lived in London ever since (Isle of Dogs, Rotherhithe, Tower Hamlets and Belsize Park in the past).
I’ve always been into computers from an early age. My Dad programmed the first government VAT calculator using punch cards, and he also built Apple’s accountancy suite back in the day. He taught me to program computers at the age of six, and I was privileged to have computers in the house throughout my childhood.
I once invited my Dad to be in the audience of BBC’s The Voice, and we both got on TV for a fleeting few seconds:
I built many websites in my early teens. One or two made some money. One of them was shuttered sharpish, when I got threatening emails from Playboy Enterprises Inc solicitors and had a very awkward evening explaining to Mum where all the American cheques had come from, and how it was unrelated to drugs or mafia activity. She forced me to show her the websites, to my huge embarrassment. Dad watched and chuckled.
I now own a company (Brighter Code Limited) and work on specialist financial software contracts to investment banks.
I chaired the university windsurfing club, became a qualified windsurfing instructor, competed and did well in the BUSA national championships, but never took it any further. I like scuba diving, skiing, running (2 marathons so far), cycling and roller-blading.
I’m a keen photographer and a small selection of my best photos are here:
In my spare time I built the web’s liveliest caption competition: http://www.caption.me/
I’m an atheist and built the world’s most comprehensive collection of atheist quotes, which I am proud of and host here: http://www.askatheists.com/
I quit finance in 2013 to launch a startup: http://www.streetlend.com/ on my own. It failed to catch on, and I’m now back in finance.
I got into the bitcoin craze too late and built https://www.cointouch.com/ which had a brief flurry of excitement (including some approaches by venture capitalists) but I didn’t pursue it further, partly out of personal fear, and partly out of uncertainty around the future of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency itself.
On the 16th May, with some help from @Pauline I launched this website (https://se23.life) and it’s been a whirlwind. Within a few days we had our first in-person meetup event and @snazy and @thirstforwine agreed to help run the site. I haven’t been sleeping or eating properly because I’m so excited about it.
I have a tolerant and beautiful fiancé, @Liz_Hall who I will be marrying in August.