I’m a software developer currently residing in San Francisco. I work at Google on the Ads Review team. Previously I worked at Cardpool, and before that ThoughtWorks (and before that, a real-time trading company in Philadelphia that no one’s ever heard of).
I studied philosophy at Duke University, then a couple of years later went to Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley for a graduate degree in software engineering (hence the name of this blog). In between I lived with my wife in Namibia for a year through WorldTeach, an organization that places volunteer teachers in developing countries around the world.
One of the principles I believe in most strongly is that there’s really no place for arrogance in this world. Living in Silicon Valley, I can’t help but feel that most of us in this industry are encouraged to forget that. The culture here is one seemingly designed to inflate egos and reward self-importance. Having said that, I realize that I’m guilty of it from time to time as well. So let this serve as my perpetual apology for ever letting my head get too big, or acting like I know what I’m talking about.
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