Who is Tyler the Tech?

Yours truly, Tyler Von Harz. Although it hasn’t caught on just yet, I like to go by “Tyler the Tech” as I think it is a fitting label to wear without trapping me in the box that “Tyler the Computer Store Owner” or “Tyler the Web Developer” would do.

As you can tell from this world-class photo editing, I am also a master of Photoshop… or at least using the eraser tool.

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits

My First Passion was TVH Computers

Growing up without money to get my PC fixed or buy new parts, I had to get creative. A childhood spent fixing computers led to me starting my own computer store as soon as I turned 18. I started small since I only had the savings earned from fixing computers in my teenage years, and I turned it into a massive success. I even decided to write a book about it because why not?

My favorite part is that there are always new problems to solve, new things to learn, and new ways to do things you never knew about. I still work in my store here and there, though I have since turned most of the day-to-day over to my employees so I can focus on growing in other areas.

“Contrary to popular belief, my experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more.”

Michael E. Gerber The E-Myth Revisited

I Started My Own Web Dev Agency – Ty Dev Studios

ty dev studios

Realizing the creative side I could tap into while designing and building websites, I decided to have a go at starting my own web dev agency. The lure of creating a recurring income stream for myself using skills I naturally enjoy developing is powerful and keeps me driven on this path.

My “Agency” is just myself for the time being. I am trying to cultivate clients from my local area who value having a single point of contact that they can visit in person to develop a business relationship.

Check out TyDevStudios.com if you want to see what I am up to or if you are interested in working together to build your online presence.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie

I’m No Programming Expert…

So I decided to start a YouTube channel where I teach coding! Makes complete sense right?

Well, I do know enough to be dangerous. But one thing I realized is that my most effective learning method is something called the Feynman Method. Basically, you study a bit, put away notes and resources, then try to explain all of the concepts and procedures as if you are teaching your fellow learners.

Feynman said that if you could teach the material to a group of peers, your understanding was good. If you could explain it in simple terms that a child could understand, you’d mastered the material.

I’m learning and teaching JavaScript. Check it out!

“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”

Richard P. Feynman

I Wrote My First Book At 11

And it will never see the light of day since it is stuck on my Mom’s old iMac G3 hard drive. I don’t think the world is missing anything though; my best writing didn’t come ’til much later, and it is still a work in progress.

Either way, I have had a passion for writing non-fiction for my entire life. I would like to continue publishing books when it makes sense; my latest book I only felt comfortable writing once I had 10 years of experience on the topic.

In the meantime, I write professionally for a number of established tech blogs. I find there is an enjoyable mix of art and science when crafting an article to be both an informative piece of entertainment, and an effective optimization tool for building a brand.

“If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position hire the best writer. it doesn’t matter if the person is marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever, their writing skills will pay off. That’s because being a good writer is about more than writing clear writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. great writers know how to communicate. they make things easy to understand. they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. they know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate. Writing is making a comeback all over our society… Writing is today’s currency for good ideas.”

 Jason Fried, Rework