About Donald Steiny
I am lucky enough to have had several careers and been able to learn directly from the top experts in the fields. In the end, that’s the most important. I live a mile from Stanford University and two blocks from the garage where Hewlett and Packard started their company. The garage is considered to be “the birthplace of Silicon Valley.”
I was in Santa Cruz when John Grinder and Richard Bandler created Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), I worked for John for a few years, and he was an important guide in my life. We met when I was a linguistics major at UC Santa Cruz. There are aspects of NLP that I know as well as almost anyone.
We all teach ourselves everything. Having someone that can point you in productive directions makes it go faster.
When UNIX first became commercialized, I was involved in some of the first projects including Xenix (SCO Unix), HP-UX, SVr4, and Linux, when it came along. I did QA, engineering, and developed courses for people from beginners to people writing device drivers in the kernel. I learned C from someone at Bell Laboratories, long before there were courses or instructional books on it.
Then I learned to teach it and develop courses to teach it.
I started a business and learned about the world of investment. It got me curious about how society worked and I learned sociology. I learned about how business is done in many places and have worked with regional economic development and helped businesses do business in other countries and other places and still do that.
One thing led to the next because of a combination of curiosity and the amazing people I have been fortunate enough to develop relationships with. You can find my resumes elsewhere on the site, but that is not who I am.
Once, i was applying for a programming subcontracting job. The boss had told the underlings to hire me, but they needed to go through the interview process anyway. They asked me “why should we hire you?” “So you won’t make the same mistakes I’ve already made.”
They thought that was an excellent reason.
Trying things and making mistakes has let me develop relationships that give me access to resources I don’t even know I have until I need them.
When I worked at NetApp my colleagues would jokingly say “Donald knows everybody.” It is, obviously, a wild exaggeration, but I keep at it. I organize meetups to help people and meet people and I talk to anyone I can. I never go to a meetup and stand around by myself. I always go up to someone and start talking with them.
I organize meetups to help people and meet people and I talk to anyone I can. I never go to a meetup and stand around by myself. I always go up to someone and start talking with them. Since I have mastered or dabbled in so many things, I have been to 24 countries (talking to anyone I can), I have something in common with almost everyone.
I love people, I love life, and I learn from everyone I meet.
My goal is to pass on the knowledge and wisdom I have gained. In a sense, to help give immortality to all the amazing people who have helped me and shared with me.
That’s who I am.