Tyler Menezes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tyler Menezes
Tyler Menezes CodeDay.jpg
Menezes speaking at CodeDay in Atlanta, 2017
Born (1992-07-01) July 1, 1992 (age 28)[1]
EducationUniversity of Washington,[3] Y Combinator[4]
OccupationExecutive Director at SRND[5]
Known forSRND

Tyler Menezes (born July 1, 1992) is a Canadian-American[2] 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.[5][7]

Early life[edit]

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.[8]

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[8] in Visual Basic.[9] Menezes has said his later interest in STEM education was a result of realizing his luck in finding that book at that particular time.

In high school, Menezes participated in a video game programming competition organized by Microsoft,[10] which would later serve as the inspiration for SRND's CodeDay program.[11]

Technology and Startups[edit]

Menezes worked on CAPTCHA research in Microsoft Research's Machine Learning and Applied Statistics department while attending the University of Washington.[3] 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[12] to attend Y Combinator for TapIn.tv.[13][14] In 2013, TapIn.tv, now called Framebase, switched its focus to providing live video infrastructure as a service,[15] and Menezes left shortly thereafter.[16]

Despite having a business focus since 2012, Menezes is a C# and PHP programmer, and is the author and maintainer of several open-source projects.[17]


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.[16] In 2014 Menezes was promoted to Executive Director to replace the organization's previous head Edward Jiang.[18]

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.[19][8][20]

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.[19][21][22][23]


  1. ^ "Asked him himself on Slack". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tyler Menezes's Facebook Profile". Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  3. ^ a b Darko Kirvoski; et al. (24 May 2001). "A Few Simple Guidelines Related to Image CAPTCHAs" (PDF). ICASSP 2011: 1. Retrieved 2006-11-13. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Lawler, Ryan (August 8, 2012). "YC-Backed TapIn.tv Launches To Bring Instantaneous Live Video Streaming To The iPhone". TechCrunch.
  5. ^ a b "About | StudentRND". StudentRND.
  6. ^ "Tyler Menezes's Twitter Profile". Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  7. ^ "tyler.vc". tyler.vc. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Why I Do What I Do". Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  9. ^ Halvorson, Michael (1998). Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional step by step. Redmond, Wash: Microsoft Press. ISBN 1572318090.
  10. ^ Decker, Mary (27 May 2010). "RHS students to participate in Microsoft's 'Hunt the Wumpus' game design contest - Redmond Reporter". Redmond Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  11. ^ Edward Jiang (May 14, 2014). "Why I'm Excited for CodeDay Spring 2014". Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "TapIn.tv | crunchbase". www.crunchbase.com.
  13. ^ Taylor, Colleen. "Y Combinator S12 Demo Day, Batch Three: Dreamforge, BigCalc, Tracks.by, And More". TechCrunch. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  14. ^ Constine, Josh. "TechCrunch's Picks: The 10 Best Startups From Y Combinator's S12 Demo Day". TechCrunch. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  15. ^ Kumparak, Greg. "YC-Backed TapIn.TV Evolves Into Framebase, Aims To Make Building Video Products Less Painful". TechCrunch. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  16. ^ a b Menezes, Tyler (3 November 2016). "A History of StudentRND, As Told By Files I Found On My Old Hard Drive". The StudentRND Blog.
  17. ^ "tylermenezes (Tyler Menezes)". GitHub. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Open Data | StudentRND". StudentRND.
  19. ^ a b Schlosser, Kurt (November 11, 2016). "Geek of the Week: After startup stint, StudentRND's Tyler Menezes returns to focus on kids and coding". GeekWire.
  20. ^ Cook, John (29 March 2012). "Y Combinator for high-school kids? It's students only at this new startup incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  21. ^ Merritt, Doug (18 October 2015). "Using Splunk – It's a Revolution!". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  22. ^ MC. "425 Business". 425business.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Splunk Revolution Awards 2015". live.splunk.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016.