Anthony M. Wagner (left)

That’s me with my partner David at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago!

It started with an old computer •

When I was a kid, we had a desktop computer crammed next to the the furnace in a windowless basement room. I loved video games though, so I’d spend hours on that computer playing The Sims and Roller Coaster Tycoon.

Unfortunately, our aging computer had trouble playing most games, and my family couldn’t afford better equipment. I was determined to play though, so I’d attempt to fix problems myself.

That determination would lead me to spend as many hours troubleshooting as I did actually playing games. I tried every solution I could find.

Eventually, after endless frustration and countless fixes, my persistence (ahem, stubbornness) would usually pay off, and I’d have a small breakthrough: My game would finally work!

It was in that basement office, struggling to get our outdated computer to cooperate, that I found my love for tech. Despite all the frustration, the excitement I felt every time I solved a tech problem is what lit the fire.

Now, decades later, I’m blending my passion for tech, my experience as a middle school English and math teacher and as a web design side-hustler, and my love for the queer community into my own online business: Courage & Grow.

If you’re a progressive entrepreneur, and you want a website, you belong here 💖🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

I can’t wait to work with you!

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