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About


I build products to help build better lives. Starting with mine.

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About


I build products to help build better lives. Starting with mine.

Technology + Psychology = Impact

After 10 years of writing software, a feeling presented itself that was hard to describe. It wasn't discontent. Perhaps displacement?

At the time I was working for Amazon and felt largely unfilled. I doubted the impact of my work. I left to pursue opportunities that joined my personal interests (autosports), but the feeling soon returned. I was working with great people, but knew I was not even recognizing my potential, let alone living up to it.

I became frustrated with this feeling and thought that maybe a change of careers was necessary. I had been writing code and leading tech teams for 12 years, and writing code for most of my life. I struggled with the discipline necessary to study and learn; then I studied how to study. Motivational psychology changed my world and since that point in 2011 I have pursued combining my development experience with psychology and coaching methodologies.

My first experience was creating The Daily Practice, a recurring Habit building application with variable schedules. I've enjoyed building TDP, and the value of hearing people talk about the improvements in their life cannot be understated. Since then, I've worked on other projects and collaborated with several people to change "what we know" into "what we do". My wife has been my favorite collaborator, mostly because she gives me the most honest feedback.

Technology

I write code in Ruby, Javascript, Perl, Scala and whatever language makes sense. I enjoy learning new languages.

I've setup and managed automated deployments on Linode, AWS and other cloud providers.

I am fascinated by the modern world.

Psychology

I am very much an amateur, maybe some day will have the opportunity to be more.

While I mostly consuming books intended for the mainstream audience, I've recently been reading more papers. Over the last 2 years I've been putting this knowledge and research into practice.

 

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Impact

I want to make an impact. People suffer, and that impacts the wonderful creations. While I'm not Buddhist, I believe fervently in alleviating suffering

I wish to help people find ways to maximize their entire life, in all areas: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical.

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Products & Ideas


Things I've built and the inspiration behind them.

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Products & Ideas


Things I've built and the inspiration behind them.

Daily Practice

BUILD AWESOME HABITS

Built out of frustration printing calendars and writing on them, then losing them and starting over. TDP lets you track what you get done and get valuable reports on progress.

Want to build a habit? TDP will help.

Companion app available for iOS. TDP is entirely free, but I also a $5/mo supporter plan which gives full API access and some other neat features.

my3questions

STRUCTURED JOURNALING

What is the value of asking yourself the 3 most important questions every day? That single question led me to build this tool, but it was missing something: Sharing.

Get a partner, get an email with a specific question, reply to it. Your partner gets the response. This tool has enriched my relationship with my wife beyond measure.

This product is still in progress.

Ideas and Upcoming Projects

The Ministry of Potential Projects

EXPLAIN PROJECTS, GET BUY-IN, INCREASE OWNERSHIP AND AUTONOMY

Companies are moving towards a more flat structure, with managers being moved into roles of advisors, coaches and mentors. This is a great change and reveals an opportunity for increased autonomy. Cory Watson and myself are building an Open Source tool to define project goals, recruit other developers and collect meaningful "human" metrics. This is still in the early phases and should be functional in Q2 of 2014. Heavily inspired by Ryan Carson at Treehouse, removing all of their managers.

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