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Daron Spence, 27

Country of Origin: Jamaica
Place of Residence: Sacramento

"I am the first person in my immediate family to become a citizen. In Jamaica, I was studying to become a lawyer; however, if you don't have the money to complete law school, that dream is shattered. There is no system [there] that will help you gain the knowledge you need. Becoming a citizen made America home. [Here] if you have a dream, your dream can come alive if you put your mind to it. I was living in Florida in 2011 when I heard about Mark Zuckerberg, and I decided I wanted to be a billionaire too. I wanted to be able to write $600 million checks. I googled 'how to make a social network' and that led me to coding. I didn't really become the entrepreneur that I wanted to be, but at the end of the day I still have a successful job at 27 [Spence is a senior web developer at VSP]. I own two Audis. I live in a penthouse apartment. You won't get that opportunity anywhere else than America. You just have to put your mind to it. That's what America stands for to me."

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