Homeless N.Y.C. Man Releases First Mobile App

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  • Leo Grand, a homeless man living in New York City, has just released his first official app, according to the Gothamist.

    Trees For Cars, a carpooling app that tells users how much CO2 they save per ride, has entered the market. Grand, who is homeless, began work on the app after programmer Patrick  McConlogue approached him in August with two options.

    Per McConlogue’s Medium blog post, they were:

    1. I will come back tomorrow and give you $100 in cash.
    2. I will come back tomorrow and give you three JavaScript books, (beginner-advanced-expert) and a super cheap basic laptop. I will then come an hour early from work each day — when [you] prepared — and teach [you] to code.

    Grand chose the latter, and McConlogue kept his word, teaching him the basics of coding. According to the 23-year-old, Grand was responsible for virtually every aspect of the app, including the concept and name. Despite McConlogue’s act, many criticized his plans as taking advantage of a homeless man.

    Just before Grand made his decision, blogger Sam Biddle initially compared McConlogue to “a 21st century a**hole Henry Higgins,” concluding that “we’ll have to wait for the next update, which I hope won’t occur because surely Patrick will realize this is degrading and horrible.”

    According to Jessica Roy from Betabeat, the “homeless are not bit players in your imaginary entrepreneurial novella.”

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