is a programmer and writer living in Brooklyn NY. When he is not building tools for data visualization, he is cooking up an elaborate breakfast or hanging out with his beloved guinea pigs, Allegra and Claritin.
[Q] Clearly, you’ve reached a certain point in your career (because you’re with us!), where do you aspire to get to from here?
You know Shingy, Aol’s ‘digital prophet?’ That’s my goal.
[Q] Do you skydive, knit, play the banjo, cycle or do anything that isn’t on a computer?
I’m a hardcore karaoke enthusiast - so much so that I host a podcast about it, called Karaoke Theory.
[Q] Tell us about the journey that led you to what you’re doing.
About five years ago I moved from Boston to New York City, mostly because of peer pressure. I had spent the previous five years working at Walgreens; my greatest ambition was that in NYC I might get to work at the Apple Store. Instead, through a combination of luck, connections and privilege I ended up working part time as a general purpose technologist/”social media guru”; my primary qualification being that I spent an awful lot of time on twitter. I was actually pretty bad at social media - I always felt like I was bothering people - but I was able to pick up the tech side pretty well. Between my background in geocities-era web development, some high school CS classes, and why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby, I was able to fake my through a series of progressively more-legitimate tech jobs until I became the Thought Leader I am today.
[Q] Who should we be following on Twitter?
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