You may know me from the Union Square Ventures team in New York City, which I used to be a part of, or from the Entrepreneurial Design class at the School of Visual Arts. (Here’s the syllabus, assignments, and students’ take.)
Nowadays, I code a lot because I want to make things, rather than just talk about them. Laisin was the first thing-with-a-database! I built; as I did, I kept a changelog, which ended up being helpful for me, so next I made Changeslogged, so anyone can keep changelogs. Now, I’m working on an Android app called Hoot. I’m not sure what’s next, but I’ll send updates if you like.
I write too; my favorite posts lately are “What Comes Next”, about the summer I spent visiting tech-company accelerators, “Learning to Build”, about quitting my job to code, and “SF Things”, about a few of the reasons San Francisco is great (though pretty odd.) When I’m not writing, there’s a decent chance I’m reading.
When I worked in venture capital, I often talked to people interested in careers at startups. Now, I have fewer of those conversations, but I set up a few ways to surface jobs at startups and VC firms. Maybe they’ll be helpful to you?
I’ve lived in Columbus, the Bay Area, Berlin, and New York City and spent extendedish time in Kigali, Kampala, and Bangkok. A bit ago, I tried to crowdsource travel recommendations for a trip to Asia, which sorta worked. I used to post my trips to Dopplr, and then it stopped working. (Bah Nokia!) Now I post photos to Wanderbild instead.
Before all this, I studied economics and design at Stanford. The projects there of which I’m most proud are my undergrad thesis, which looked at the split of chores in northwestern Tanzanian households, and a human-powered pelletizer, which would (sorta) turn biomass into fuel for smallholder farmers. After college, when I lived in Berlin, I helped map “a new etiquette for the digital age” (English, Deutsch), and wrote a short, self-published design research book.