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.