This statement is understandable if we take into account that since he was 13 years old, Michael has lived in a constant spiral due to his work in the tech industry. At that age, he developed the first video game app for Apple, due to the need to contribute to household expenses, after his parents, Latin immigrants who lived on North American soil for several decades – he is Bolivian; She, From Peru – She lost her jobs due to the 2008 financial crisis.
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“I wish I could live a normal life, like any teenager. I felt very pressured and it affected my performance in school. My grades were very poor. I had a hard time socializing.”He confessed.
At the age of seventeen he was appointed by Facebook, becoming the youngest engineer in the company’s history. At the age of 21, with an estimated fortune of $10 million, he took over the position of Product Manager at The Google.
Michael says it was Mark Zuckerberg himself who contacted him via email to become part of his company. For three years he has been developing products for teens, such as the famous Stories from Instagram. “We met with Mark weekly to talk about the projects we were working on and I gave them his approval”The young engineer remembers. “He has always been very friendly. To this day we have communication, but I try to annoy him a lot… He is too busy to know him at the moment.”.
In the direction that Facebook is taking, oriented towards communication and interaction between users in virtual or alternative worlds, Michael has an opinion. “It’s the only way for Facebook to survive.”Confirms. “They don’t own the mobile phones, only the apps. So they were forced to create a product that would allow them to control the software”Complete.
Jump into another reality
Since he’s been in Silicon Valley, Michael says he’s learned two things: to listen to those who know more than him and understand that he won’t always be right. “Practically, during the second part of my adolescence, I was brought up by Facebook executives”, Laugh. “It wasn’t easy getting used to my new life. I never left my house. I lost a lot of weight, and I panicked being in a different world.”
All those experiences, good and bad, ups and downs, I decided to capture in the book “Application Child: How a Son of Immigrants Got a Part of the American Dream.” A few days earlier, at the invitation of the United States Embassy in Peru, he visited the cities of Arequipa, Cusco and Lima to meet with his followers, view and comment on the publication. Likewise, theHe led the ‘Tech for All’ talks session, where, as an LGTBI activist, he spoke about the opportunities offered by the technological world, without discrimination against place of origin and gender.
“Most of the stories of successful people, in other words, are flawed stories. If I am going to tell my story and it can inspire others, I have to be honest and say the good and not the good”he maintains.
Michael believes that anyone, with effort, dedication, and an interest in technology, can carve out a path as he did. “You don’t have to be a genius to learn programming”it states. “All I learned was self-made, because I love video games. I think we all have this ability to learn things ourselves.”.
That is why he asserts that Peru, a country that is struggling to bridge communication gaps, is a space with potential for developing technological solutions. “Access to the Internet has changed things. Today we have access to specialized information, books and websites that can teach us how to create new applications and products”explains.
He’s far from big business these days, but he’s immersed in his most personal project: Friendly Apps, a social network that seeks to help people “communicate in a friendly manner, and take care of their mental health and physical well-being.” Michael Sayman explains: “What most social networks do is Playing with human psychology and taking advantage of the need to be in a group.” “There are many beautiful ways to connect with others, without focusing on likes, comments or followers, as if we live in a points system”, Concludes. //
In his autobiography, Michael Sayman tells how he became a millionaire creating mobile apps and how he helped his family move forward in their teens. It can be downloaded for free through the “Book cloud” or purchased physically from the main bookstores in the country.