I used to work in venture capital, and then I realized: as the internet seeps into everything, the future belongs to those who code — so I left investing to build things on the internet. If you’re curious for more, I’ll send updates.
A few projects
- Tada Messages, a way for independent creators to keep their community up-to-date.
- Dropbox Paper, team collaboration and communication
- Meet Another Day, a tool to add decoy meetings to your calendar to make time to get things done.
- Ellie, a psychotherapist Slackbot. (Eliza’s younger, hipper cousin)
- Join Startups, lists of open jobs at startups and people interested in jobs at startups.
- Aces, ideas around using the internet to teach and learn programming
- A long paper about how children in rural Tanzania spend their time using World Bank LSMS data.
- Build Products about making new things
- Learning Online about building tools for online learning
- Building Android First, about developing Android apps
- Learning to Build, about quitting my job to code
- Notes on M-Pesa about the mobile money service that has higher penetration in Kenya than Facebook has in the US.
- Things that make me excited about technology
- What Comes Next, about a summer visiting tech-company accelerators
- My bookshelf (programmatic Amazon-only edition)
- Book recommendations
- Books read in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and back to mid 2008. (What should I read next?)
- Favorite podcasts: Chicago Public Radio, The Economist, Deutsche Welle, NPR, Radio France Internationale, Stanford ETL, and WHYY.
- Predictions about the future
A little design
- An earlier iteration on The Product Sessions with Gary Chou
- Syllabus, assignments, students’ take, and my write-up of the Entrepreneurial Design class Gary and I taught at SVA.
- “A new etiquette for the digital age” (English, Deutsch)
- Computer Science teacher and tutor as I built Aces
- Founder (of an unsuccessful startup) with Matt Spitz
- Early-stage venture capital at Union Square Ventures in New York City
- Service design work at the Deutsch Telekom Creation Center in Berlin
- Pumps and pelletizers for smallholder farmers with IDE Ethiopia in Ziway
- News stories on East Africa’s technology and business for The Independent in Kampala
- Statistics and a longer report for the ILO TICW project in Bangkok
- Interviews about gacaca and prison parole with LDGL in Kigali