The Story Of The Young Latino Who Became The Youngest Facebook Employee

MIAMI, USA – At 17, Michael Sayman became Facebook’s youngest employee after its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was impressed with his creative ability when it came to designing interactive games. “I was in math class at my school when I received an email from the Facebook team saying that Mark Zuckerberg wanted to meet me. At first I thought it was false, but I realized it was not, “said the 25-year-old during an interview with the . At the age of 13, Sayman “using the home computer” discovered that his true passion was far from what the rest of his classmates wanted to do. Through manuals that he found in Google, he began to study programming and managed to design an application with which he could earn billions of dollars, and thus help his family that was suffering the ravages of the economic recession of 2009. “My parents lost the restaurant they had, we also lost our house. My family had neither the resources nor the access to money to pay the bills and debts in the house. But I was lucky enough to create an application with which I was able to earn enough money to maintain the family situation, ”said the young man of Peruvian and Bolivian descent. And it was thus, “playing”, how his life took a 180 degree turn. Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, also knew first-hand his capabilities and, after meeting him, he planted him “a six-figure contract.” “When I knew the figures of what I was going to win, I saw that it was more money than I had seen in my life. I never thought I could have that amount, but I was happy to see that my mom and dad were a little relieved about the financial issue, “he told VOA. Message to Latinos: “We must learn to value ourselves” His successful career in California has allowed him to “understand the value of each person.” “It took me a lot of time to learn that, but as time went by I realized that every time a company called me to offer me a job, I had to make clear the value that I have and the value that I can give to a company to ask for what I think is fair, “he said. In that sense, he regrets that minorities, especially Latinos, have encountered economic barriers when seeking employment simply because they do not know “what one is worth.” “People take advantage of the fact that you don’t know. If I do not know how much I am worth in a market and someone wants to pay me half of what I deserve, then I am going to accept it, “said Sayman in his interview with the VOA in Miami, his hometown, where he has returned to live with his parents because of the pandemic. Michael Sayman at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, in a photo taken in 2013. He is 25 years old and nine of them have been spent on the West Coast of the United States. First on Facebook, where he created a team focused exclusively on teenagers to analyze how new generations used technology and their tastes on the internet. All this to “create products on Facebook and attract the youngest” to the platform. After four years with Zuckerberg’s company, Google signed him up for a product development project related to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Now he has been working for a little over a year on the Roblox video game platform, one of the largest in the entire country, “to see how to expand the resources of Latin America” and that the people of the region “can create their own own games and generate an income through Roblox ”, something he knows very well. What surprised him the most about Silicon Valley was how some of these tech companies have become “real full-service cities” without the need for employees to go out to run errands. “They are like small cities, there they washed my clothes, cooked my breakfast, lunch, dinner, had a gym, a swimming pool,” he says. A genius without a college degree Over the years, he has learned that “a college degree is no guarantee of anything.” In fact, he never went to university convinced that “the most important thing is that you can show that you have had an impact on society, regardless of whether you have a diploma or something similar.” However, in his book App Kid, which he has just published with the Penguin publishing house, he emphasizes that, despite having these ideas, “the important thing is to educate oneself” but not necessarily through the ways or times that society sets. “You don’t have to wait for someone to tell you that it is time for you to learn certain things. And that is the important thing about the internet, that it does not limit us, that it allows us to investigate and learn at our own pace ”, he explains. Fight for greater connectivity in Latin America That is why one of its objectives is to develop more projects to guarantee internet access in Latin American communities so that young people “see that if they want to learn anything they can do it regardless of the age they are and nobody tells them they can’t do it because there are no limits on the internet ”. “I am trying to see how we can expand this access to the internet because we see that in countries like Bolivia, almost 40 percent of people do not have internet access at home,” he insists. Inspiration for young people You want your success at such a young age to serve as an example and inspiration for many other young people in Latin America. “When I decided to write this book it was because I wanted other young people around the world to realize that they too can do it and to realize that super intelligence is not required,” he explains. What is your recipe for success? He is clear about it: “What is needed is determination, passion and putting effort into what one wants to achieve. That’s the only thing ”. Connect with the ! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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