Did it just suddenly come to you one day, or was it something you had thought about for some time?
Back in college, I had to setup the development environment for every programming class I took. I didn't have a laptop so it was a pain in the butt to always lose 30 minutes trying to set it up. Sometimes the computers were locked down and you can't install a compiler so you have to find someone in IT.
So I started dreaming up a world where I can control+t open a new tab and start coding. Back then (2010) everything was moving to the cloud so I thought that, naturally, programming would too. So I started working with @hayaodeh and some friends from college on running language interpreters in the browser.
After that, I went to work for Codecademy and then Facebook and didn't return to work on Repl.it until 2016 where I quit my job at Facebook to go back and work on the problem of making programming more accessible.
@amasad This is amazing! Is there a way we can integrate repl.it with some of the most commonly used learning management systems so that teachers can implement this easily? Also, is there a way some of the work being published here could be considered scholarly work for peer review? I am excited to see this in all schools globally! Would love to connect with you!