About Me

Howdy ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ Iโ€™m a full stack web developer with what might be described as an eclectic background. I am driven by opportunities to learn by doing and I live for the moments when a concept makes the sudden switch from baffling to comprehensible.

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Professional

I was fortunate to be able to attend film school at USC, where I was surrounded by passionate and create individuals who were brave enough to jump into a terrifyingly competitive industry. In the end I didnโ€™t share there love for the movie business but I remain grateful for the opportunity to indulge my creative instincts while learning the fine art of collaborating with big personalities.

After school I returned to my native Bay Area and entered the SF tech workforce as a sales development rep. Iโ€™ve never been the โ€œsaleseyโ€ type but was surprisingly successful in the role. It was a great chance to get out of my comfort zone and gain exposure to a variety of business challenges and communication styles in a fast paced and competitive environment.

Since then, Iโ€™ve been making the gradual transition into what has proven to be my most sustained professional passion, software development. The seed was planted early, when at around 13 I received a cd with a copy of a program called GameMaker and began tinkering with its proprietary GML language.

Today I work at a small enterprise SaaS start up where Iโ€™m excited each day to wake up to a fresh set of programming challenges and learning opportunities. I focus on developing new capabilities for our backend API, as well as UI features in our admin and end user web/desktop apps. I currently specialize in Rails, Ember, Backbone, and PostgreSQL but Iโ€™m interested in learning Go as well as finding more opportunities to work on ML projects.

Personal

I'm based out of Alameda, CA, where I live with my amazing wife and three (yes, three) cats. In my spare time I enjoy creating pen and ink illustrations, watching documentaries with a good whiskey in hand, and traveling internationally as much as possible.