This post is another by InRhythm’s own Sari Morninghawk. For the full post and additional links, check out the original “The San Francisco dot–com Boom of the Mid–90s Or Why I Started Coding (Part I)” on her website.
In 1992, I was a single mother of one in San Francisco, working as a musician. To clarify, I was doing work as a musician, but there was hardly a paycheck involved. So, I also needed a “day job” to pay the bills. My hard-working, straight-A student daughter was attending a fancy, expensive high school on a scholarship that was larger than my annual income. In other words, my daughter made more money than me through most of her high school years. I had nothing saved for her to attend college, and unless I figured out something else to do for money that wasn’t waiting tables, stocking shelves, or putting files in alphabetical order, then I would continue to live hand-to-mouth with a big fat zero in my non-existent savings account. If you looked at the economics of the Bay Area in ’92, you saw the early rumblings of the dot-com boom that was about to happen. If you wanted to make some money living in San Francisco, you’d better know some computer science. I started an evening class at SF Community College.