About

I’m a programmer. Started coding when I was five, actually. I loved the idea of working with ideas and being able to produce a verb instead of a noun; a system of actions. I became engrossed in the world of computers, coding up games and silly programs. When I was 15, I spent the summer at Harvard Physics Labs, helping simulate and visualize the synthesis of anti-hydrogen. I went on to work for MIT Lincoln Labs, Stanford Graphics Labs, and several commercial ventures, but I still very much self-identified as an engineer. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, after throwing a house party that a hundred people had shown up to, that it occurred to me that I was also a social person, and that that was okay. I’ve spent my years since trying to figure out how to be both fully nerd and fully social. Around the same point in time, I started PBworks, a hosted wiki/collaboration service that serves about four million people a month.

I’ve taken a great deal of pleasure in mentoring folks, in particular young techies who are new to business, since this is a path I tread myself.

I enjoy hugs, silliness, travel, fancy meals (I’ve flown to Europe for dinner), scuba diving, and flying helicopters.

7 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi David,
    I am new to silicon valley startup crowd. I am developing a hardware startup. It is Iphone diving housing allowing the use of your smartphone under water as a dive computer and camera with social media upload. I am looking for advisor to help me get my business off the ground. I wish I could be a part of Hackers Dojo but unfortunately I am in San Francisco.
    I would be very glad if you could help me in any way. Here is my pitch deck http://www.diveye.com/pitchdeck/pd.html
    Mario.

  2. Hey David, compliments on the blog, content, etc., pretty much everything. Found this part of your online footprint trying to figure out a good email address to offer some product feedback after some frustrating experiences trying to download materials for the upcoming Burning Man Regional Summit off their workspace on PBworks. Feel free to hit my email directly for details. Btw FYI former DEC o/s kernel developer here, those comments and compliments are coming from several decades as a coder and hardcore bit head…
    Best regards,
    -BrewHo

  3. Hi David,
    I found your email when looking at the Hacker dojo. I am looking for people interested in developing a web application to increase collaboration and contributions of companies, ngos and individuals that are helping to the cause of orphan children. I write to see if you know of a gig like me that also likes to participate in good causes like this one. I started the app using GWT and the MVP approach. I also started an organization to represent the effort called Orphanage Without Borders (www.orphanagewithoutborders) in case you would like to take a look to more details (though there are not many details about the app).

    Please, let me know if you know someone that would be interested in helping with the app. This small challenge can be fun!!

    Cheers,

    Miguel

    PS: I did a try flying an helicopter once and is extremely difficult to stabilize it. Wuau, I am impressed.

  4. David,

    I am interesting in purchasing your ebook on on amazon but wondering how to access or receive any updates you provide? is this possible? let me know.

    Thanks.

    Rick

  5. Am Agagu Tosin, a Programmer and an entrepreneur.We are working on an Application for cloud storage across multiple devices, easy file sharing with groups, followers and friends with with contact management. There is a very huge opportunity in the problem we are solving here in Africa. Please i just what to know whether you are looking into supporting or investing in Africa startups, the name of the app is 1Cube.

    Thanks.

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