Hello! You can find me around the internet or in real life,
but this is my story.
Lately I've been trying to do more side projects that force me to write code. Recently, I've been focusing on something I call Blank in Blank, a way to find your professional community in a new city. My favorite thing to do is read. I keep track of what I've read on Goodreads. Right now I'm reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Some other things I enjoy are writing, SCUBA Diving, and the Twilight Zone pinball machine.
I spend most of my time being a product manager at Kickstarter. I moved to Brooklyn and started there in December 2012. Most recently, I shipped a new version of the Start page. You should try it out and let me know what you think! You could also check out some of the projects that I've backed. Most recently:
I'm also a trustee of the Awesome Foundation in NYC. Our most recent grant was to the Pier 42 Wild Oyster Survey. We support a bunch of cool projects by giving away $1000, no strings attached, every month.
If you're interested in learning more about the Awesome Foundation, I highly recommend you check out this talk that I gave with Nikki Lee at Creative Mornings. The talk itself is 17 minutes, and the rest is Q&A.
I used to live in Seattle, where I was a Program Manager at Microsoft. I worked on Office for Windows Phone 8. I used Windows Phones for a long time, but after I dropped two (both were irreparable), I switched over to iOS. I also worked on something that I still refer to as "The Oompa Loompas" and on PowerPoint Broadcast for Symbian.
In 2010, I graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering with a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering. My senior capstone project at Olin was studying "transitioners" - people who were graduating from college and going to work for the first time. My team designed an application called Sundrop: Saving for a Sunny Day, meant to encourage impulse saving. One of my favorite parts of the application was the "Not Starbucks" feature.
From June 2008 to August 2009, I was on leave from Olin. While on leave I co-founded Alight Learning with five of my friends. Alight Learning was an attempt to design course management software from pedagogical principles, rather than automating the existing student-teacher workflow. I'd really like to work on education again someday.
I grew up in Michigan. I attended the International Academy for High School, which at the time was the only all-public all-International Baccalaurate school in North America. I'm still a huge fan of the IB curriculum. I was also a member of FIRST Robotics Team 469.
If you've bothered to read this far, I really like meeting new people! If you're in NYC, let me know, and we can grab coffee. If not, you can send me an email. If you're looking for something a little more official, I participate in /mentoring.