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The Story Of Creating Business And Music

Coding: Builder vs. Creator

I really enjoy coding, but don’t think I’d be happy working as an engineer for someone else’s company. If I though I could be happy doing that, I’d be enrolling at Flatiron School or General Assembly in a jiffy. I took part in the pilot class of Codecademy Labs back in the winter of 2015, and had a fantastic time learning – now I’m even helping out with the Codecademy Advisor program. It’s a lot of fun, especially because I feel like such a beginner, but I love to teach and feel that it greatly enhances my own learning experience. I’m not a fast learner at all, and I oftentimes need a concept explained to me numerous times before I really get it. So, I’m happy to offer exactly that to people I work with. I’m happy to explain something as many times as I need to for the student to understand.

I do love building, though. I write music– I studied music composition in college – and the creative process is strikingly similar. I never paid much attention to all the buzz about how math and music go hand in hand, because I never got caught up by math, but I do think programming and composing are very similar. They both have concrete tools, guidelines, appreciation for beauty and minimalism and design principles, and endless way to create a gorgeous end product. So, I find myself approaching composing and programming very similarly. In both, it’s hard for me to find the discipline to work consistently every day. I tend to work in spurts, for 4, 6, 8 hours one day, and then break for days on end. When I do make myself code/compose consistently, however, I find that it results in my best work.

I don’t think I could be a programmer for someone else’s product, but I am full of fire to create my own. I need to figure out a way to balance how much I’m learning with my awesome day job and find the discipline to code consistently. I have only just scratched the surface of what I can create with code.




I’m sitting in the gorgeous Codecademy offices for my class, and Zach Sims keeps popping in. I want this. I want this more than anything else in the world.

Instant Happiness

Myers Briggs

I’m always really skeptical of personality tests. The Myers-Briggs is super popular, though, so I always thought I knew my type (ESFJ.) Well, today I took another three or four tests and did some reading and thinking, and changed my mind somewhat. The description that fits me best is ENFP.

With a grain of salt, of course.

Musical Spark

Once Dan and I started looking into music discovery, possibilities began springing up – I’m excited to see where this goes.

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Bagpipes and Music Libraries

I’ve been involved in a crazy HONY-inspired project to get a musician a new set of bagpipes. We raised over $1700, and the project is a success. You can read about it here:

I‘ve been thinking about music and music discovery a lot. How do our music tastes make sense? How does liking one song connect to liking another? Pandora is great, but I want to do it differently. I am constantly amazed by the ability music has to make me feel better. Understood. Alive. 

I want to share that with everyone.

Copyright - 2014 - Maxim Pekarsky.

Copyright – 2014 – Maxim Pekarsky

Original Content

I’m becoming ever more convinced that we are ultimately judged by the original content we put out. 


An Ideas Guy

I had delicious ramen to celebrate an awesome friend Sarah’s belated birthday yesterday, and we had a cool conversation about branding. In particular, I told her I had trouble coming up with my elevator pitch. In part, it’s because I’m not sure exactly what kind of role I want to be in – though I usually say strategy, branding, (ironically enough,) partnerships, or marketing. More than that, though, it’s because I’m having a trouble identifying a pattern in my experience. I’ve been doing music my whole life, but I don’t see myself following the professional musician path. However, co-founding Explorchestra, a composers’ orchestra,  is my greatest achievement to date. I studied behavioral economics, love decision making theory and and incentives, and worked in finance out of college. I have a few Java classes under my belt, and am currently studying up on more Java, HTML/CSS, and Ruby. For a while now, I’ve been designing an ultra-slim laptop bag. I go to entrepreneur meetups all the time, and see my path in start-ups, ideally hardware. I’ve been playing around with an Arduino. I currently work in healthcare IT, connecting medical staff with better software.

So what the hell do I say to people when they ask me “what do you do?” Sarah had no trouble summing it up: “you’re an ideas guys. You come up with ideas and you make things.” I like that. I don’t know how it’d fly at parties, but it’s a really good way to sum up my mindset. Thanks, Sarah! I have half a mind to go to some other old friends I have and ask them how they see me. It might be a really useful exercise.

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