Menezes speaking at CodeDay in Atlanta, 2017
|Born||July 1, 1992|
|Education||University of Washington, Y Combinator|
|Occupation||Executive Director at SRND|
Tyler Menezes (born July 1, 1992) is a Canadian-American computer programmer and businessperson. He co-founded several startups, and is currently the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization SRND (previously called "StudentRND"), and a board member of Ignite.
Menezes was born in Toronto, Ontario, and moved to Spokane, Washington when he was young. He has stated that his interest in technology started during a period of long social isolation while living in Spokane and being uninterested in sports like the rest of his classmates.
His formal introduction to computer programming came after moving to Redmond, Washington, when he stumbled on a book offering to teach the creation of a slot machine in Visual Basic. Menezes has said his later interest in STEM education was a result of realizing his luck in finding that book at that particular time.
Technology and Startups
Menezes worked on CAPTCHA research in Microsoft Research's Machine Learning and Applied Statistics department while attending the University of Washington. In early 2012, he dropped out of university to found TapIn.tv, a startup focused on live video streaming, and in mid-2012 he moved to East Palo Alto, California to attend Y Combinator for TapIn.tv. In 2013, TapIn.tv, now called Framebase, switched its focus to providing live video infrastructure as a service, and Menezes left shortly thereafter.
After leaving Framebase in 2012, Menezes moved to Seattle, Washington. He joined SRND as its Programs Director, where he was responsible for the expansion of the organization's flagship CodeDay program from Seattle, Washington to 28 cities nationwide. In 2014 Menezes was promoted to Executive Director to replace the organization's previous head Edward Jiang.
Menezes has said several times that he believes that creating excitement and creativity is an important part of education, which is ignored in school. He believes his work with SRND is a way to replicate that experience on a more predictable scale.
In recognition of growing SRND's community to span across the entire United States, Menezes received a number of awards, including his inclusion in Forbes Education "30 Under 30" in 2019.
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