Autism a Silicon Valley asset with social quirks

Corey Weiss may not be adept at body language or social cues, but he knows software.

Laser-focus on detail that comes with his place on the autism spectrum are part of what makes Weiss a top analyst at MindSpark, a young California firm mixing business smarts with social good.

“I see things others wouldn’t,” said 27-year-old Weiss, who was diagnosed with autism when he was a young boy.

“The greatest strength is it makes me more detail-oriented; I am more focused.”

MindSpark, located in the coastal city of Santa Monica near Los Angeles, employs analysts with autism to test software for companies.

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