For starters, I wouldn't be where I'm at today without the existance of Riverside I/O.
Working a full-time job, I spent the majority of my weeknights and weekends at I/O where I was dedicated on learning how to code. Throughout my stay I met some pretty awesome people, dropped out of college (wait, what!?), landed an internship at an awesome startup in Santa Monica, went to almost every Meetup (including a cat gif Meetup!), and ate many chicken tenders at The Hideout restaurant down the street.
Two years ago: I was on a mission to learn how to code. Living with my mom at the time, I needed a place away from home where I was able to focus. I/O was the perfect solution - and then some. I/O is something extremely unique, in that it's become the center of everything tech in Riverside.
Not only was I able to be part of some cool things like give back and help teach high schoolers how launch rockets with Aduino microcontrollers and nodejs (https://sendgrid.com/blog/launch-rocket-arduino-node-js) thanks to @carringtoncase, I also had the privelidge of being Mayor of I/O on Foursquare - I challenge you to beat my Foursquare/Swarm check-in record of 44/60 days! (https://twitter.com/plaintshirts/status/449708893367578624)
Today: I'm working at a startup as a QA engineer and loving every minute of it. I'm doing things that I had only dreamed of as a kid. I/O taught me what I believe to be one of the most important life-long lessons there is: passion over everything.