I'm an engineer, people manager, and founder interested in empowering technologies.

I worked at Coinbase, focusing on payments and backend platform. Before that, I was a founder and CTO of Clef, building a better way to log in online, and an engineer on the phone numbers team at Twilio.

Recent posts

Writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is.

– Dick Guindon

Mathematics is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your writing is.

– Leslie Lamport

See more of my writing here.

Projects

I like making things with code. Late at night, it's tools in the small: software to help me organize and manage my life.

During the day, it's tools in the large: I want to help solve coordination problems in this unprecedented technological age.

Software

  • org-z is an Emacs package for lightweight zettelkasten links in org-mode. Despite many experiments building personal knowledge management software, I keep coming back to Emacs org-mode for its power and breadth. It has everything, unfortunately obscured by a high learning curve. org-z supercharges org-mode with easy interactive search and linking.
  • My homelab is an experiment in self-hosting software at home. I use it to run a prometheus cluster, store media, and participate in the decentralized web, among other things. It is primarily a private space to learn and play.
  • Gridliner is a 3D outliner for freeform knowledge. While most outliners are 2-dimensional (up-down, in-out), Gridliner adds the left-right dimension, making it a hybrid outliner and spreadsheet.
  • Serenity is a peer-to-peer, drag-and-drop file sharing tool in the browser. After sharing a link with a friend, serenity directly connects your browsers using webrtc, providing an encrypted channel without intermediaries.
  • plaid-cli is a CLI tool for working with the Plaid API. I built it to solve import issues with YNAB, but ultimately, I want to own my financial data.
  • Kiwi is a personal wiki you write in Markdown. An early experiment with knowledge management that you can take on the go.

I also maintain a handful of open source libraries. Best to look at GitHub for these and other hidden gems.

Art

I like to make generative art, which I sometimes plot with a HP-7550A pen plotter. I open source most of my creations. I love lisp, so they are mostly written in clojure.

Older stuff

  • Clef was a better way to log in online. Twilio acquired our team in 2017.
  • Instant2FA was a drop-in 2FA integration, built during the Clef days.
  • gdax_recurring is a CLI tool to automate recurring USD deposits and asset allocation for GDAX (now Coinbase Pro). It theoretically still works, but I haven't used it in years.

Elsewhere

If you want to get in touch, you can find my email address on GitHub.