General Timeline of Events

An incomplete timeline I'll continually add more details to as time goes on.

1995-2013 Childhood

AUGUST 21ST, 1995

William Feng Gu is born in Montreal, Canada at 8:40am to Rong Li and Qunshan Gu as the second child with an older sister by 5.5 years.

1997

Family moves from Canada to NH.

2001-2006

Attended South School Elementary School in Londonderry, NH.

2006-2009

Attended Londonderry Middle School.

2009-2013

Attended Londonderry High School.

2011

Began thinking and reading more heavily to resolve personal, social, and family issues.

2013-2018 Early Adulthood

2013-2015

Attended UCLA, class of 2017.

2014, Fall - 2016, ~March

Created Bruin App Builders club at UCLA.

2015, Spring Quarter

Dropped out of UCLA as a second year in Spring Quarter after taking only 2 classes and fiat luxes for Fall and Winter quarter. i.e. I knew I was going to do this at the beginning of my second year already, it wasn't sudden or anything.

My letter to housing (was living in Dykstra Hall):

dropout-letter

2015, Spring Quarter

Couchsurfed around campus, worked on projects, and rushed Sigma Eta Pi, entrepreneurship fraternity at UCLA (yes, while technically already dropped out, 'taking the quarter off').

2015, Summer

Found an apartment on 424 Veteran Avenue.

2015, Fall - 2016, Winter

Began trying to figure out how to cope with the massive amount of free time and self-directed work I had to do as a result of dropping out. I'd watch my apartment mates wake up to go to school while I lounged in bed all day and rolled out well in the afternoon. Then I'd tentatively try to code and work on the projects I had in mind, but I didn't really enjoy coding so it felt more like smashing my head against a wall. I tried devising routines or systems and they all fell through and for the first time in my life, I looked at a future that seemed to infinitely expand without an end, and that scared me.

2016, Spring - September

Started Prototyping club at UCLA.

2016, Spring - 2016, August

Moved in to my girlfriend's off-campus apartment.

2016, June - March, 2017

Began playing Overwatch almost 24/7.

2016, September

Joined an amateur Overwatch team trying to become professionals. By chance, one of my teammates lived in Vancouver and was looking for a roommate, so a joke became a reality when I told him I'd actually move to Canada and could (since I was born there, i.e. I'm a citizen).

2016, October 1st - 2016, October 31st

Took an Amtrak up to Vancouver, Canada and booked an AirBnB for the month to give my teammate and I time to search for apartments.

2016, November

Moved into a two bedroom basement suite of a married couple's house on 53rd and Kerr, Vancouver, Canada.

2017, February

Left Vancouver, Canada for a cheaper 10x10 room in San Jose, California.

2017, March

By this time I'm coping with running out of money, but also feeling close to breaking into the pro scene in Overwatch while also having doubts on whether I even want to be a professional video gamer. Also coping with being a shitty human being and not talking to anyone in my family for almost a year at this point, which I'd never done before.

2017, May

Moved in to my Dad's place in Hayward.

2017, June

Began interviewing for a startup called Invisible Technologies whose CEO, Francis Pedraza, was previously invested in by Peter Thiel for an app called "Everest," a self-actualization app.

2017, July

Began working at Invisible Technologies in Operations (as opposed to code).

2017, Late July

Left to LA to visit a girl I liked, but then she flaked. I didn't have any housing accomodations in mind when I left, so I decided to just try being homeless. This lasted for about 10 days before I lost my duffel bag with my change of clothes. Amazon lockers weren't open for that summer for some reason, so I needed a physical address to ship more clothes to myself. I found a summer sublet on 611 Levering Avenue and shipped clothes to myself. A short anecdote from that time.

2017, September 7th

Quit working at Invisible Technologies.

2017, Late September

Moved to 5585 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach to work on another startup with new roommate.

2017, December - 2018, May

By this time the two startups I worked at didn't appeal to me for one reason or the other (too morally chauvinistic or else delusional), so I was looking for another option, but working was the reality I had to live in if I didn't want to move back in with my parents, which I didn't want to. I hesitantly tried to get back into the freelancing work that I'd done previously and found that barriers to re-entry were much higher because Upwork had come into existence recently and was making it harder for individual freelancers to compete (elance had existed previously, but it wasn't as mainstream, so there was still plenty of work to do that came from referrals, whereas in my situation I didn't have the liberty of a club at UCLA to drive referral traffic to me anymore, so I felt reliant on the platform which didn't cater to my rather dismal credentials, since I'm primarily a project person).

I worked a few freelance style type jobs around this time and remembered how much I hated it, then my landlord served me with a month eviction letter because she wanted to rennovate the place (or maybe she liked me and felt bad for making me pay more rent because she didn't kick my roommate out, so her explanation is inconsistent to her behavior, meaning there's a different reason), so I began tentatively looking for other apartments, then decided it wasn't worth the time to look for a place that I would have to pay for.

2018, May 11th - June 15th

Experimented with being homeless around UCLA.

2018, June 15th - 2018, September 1st

Settled into a summer sublet on 640 Veteran Avenue to have time to read, write, think, and better prepare for the next homeless phase since the previous one was very impromptu and therefore more difficult than it needed to be.

2018, September 1st - Present

Still homeless around UCLA and other locations as circumstances dictate.

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