I created the first version of the algorithm in September of 2013 at a coding bootcamp called Hack Reactor. This is well documented, there's even a Wired Magazine article about it: https://www.wired.com/2013/12/honeybadger/ After creating this wonderful and amazing thing, I tried to raise money for it from investors. I quickly found that I'm really not good at doing this. People have a tendency to distrust me - maybe because I'm kind of an asshole, maybe because I'm an autist, I really have no idea but I'm just not one of those people who's really adept at schmoozing and selling. My friends say that I'm the worst salesman they've ever seen. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I teamed up with a sales-y person like Elizabeth Holmes or Bernie Madoff or Anna Delvey or the Tinder Swindler guy. Maybe I'd have a lot of happy investors right now and I wouldn't ever think to release the algorithm publicly the way I'm doing with BigShort. But without access to capital, I had no choice but to fund the startup myself. As a result, I just used the algo to trade my own money. And trade I did! But first let's rewind. I graduated from Hack Reactor in December of 2013, and I then spent the next couple years refining and testing my algo, buying out a cofounder, failing to find investors, and just living life. Along the way I traveled to China with my friends, dated around, and helped my two best friends graduate from Hack Reactor too!