From 2007-2010 I bootstrapped Rally, a startup that mined Twitter data using NLP algorithms and machine learning to help people discover social events. From 1998-2006 I built data architecture and business intelligence systems as engineer at Microstrategy and SAS Institute.
I live in Cambridge, MA with my wife and three kids.
I organized a two-person team to build the initial web UI for financial services startup Finmason. We worked closely with Founder/CEO Kendrick Wakeman and the engineering team on a very aggressive timeline to build a comprehensive HTML5 single-page web app based on Angular.js with a build process involving Node.js, Bower.js, Broccoli.js, Less CSS preprocessing, etc. The application involves data visualization for portfolio risk management.
I work with the founders of education technology startup Invite Education to translate their vision - a better college planning experience for families - into a successful product. I organized a three-person team to design and build the initial version of the product, which launched privately in February 2014 and continues to exceed sales expectations. The product makes use of the Ruby on Rails and Angular frameworks and the D3 data visualization library.
As a father of three kids under five it's my job to stay informed about developments in the field of early childhood parenting. I've found it too difficult to do this job - learning what's new in education, health, technology, media, etc. - while juggling all of the other massive commitments of being an engaged parent.
My thesis is that there are a lot of other parents out there that have this problem and that an easily-consumed weekly email with summaries of the key news stories and other hand-picked gems helpful to parents will be a valuable solution. To deliver this product I'm developing curation software that I use to filter content from thousands of sources, identifying the key trends and high-quality ideas that are moving the discipline of parenting forward.
If you're an active parent or care-provider for kids between zero and six years old, I encourage you to subscribe to Parent.Cc
I led the product development team for Rednote, and early-stage startup making it possible for people to share short streams of music as a part of the mobile text messaging experience.
A goal for 2013 is to create an interactive story that the kids and I will love doing together. A first step toward that goal is getting up to speed with tools available for graphics and animation. Not having a lot of skill/experience as a graphic designer, I'm looking at ways to write code that will produce the visuals for the experience.
I did some experimenting with canvas drawing/animation around a simple story concept of a ball rolling along as the main character of a story, generating color shades and canvas arcs along with redrawing to create a rolling animation.
Led initial front-end development of Kickbit, an iOS/Android mobile app for early-stage startup Aquto - funded by North Bridge Venture Partners and Matrix Partners - that is pioneering mobile carrier plan data as form of virtual good/currency, making mobile data more affordable for consumers.
Working with a UI/UX designer and another developer, I designed and implemented initial build/tooling/workflow process for supporting wide range of device platforms (iOS, Android, web, etc.). I defined and implemented the initial application architecture, played a strong role in UI/UX design, and helped define/implement customer development and usability testing.
I created a service called Touted.com in 2009 to aggregate Twitter conversation about local businesses to help consumers discover the best bars, restaurants, etc. nearby. The service pivoted to become Rally and focus on the long-tail of local events to help people make casual plans with friends.Rally mined Twitter for content related to the future, extracting data about date, location, event, people involved, conversation thread, etc to build a calendar of future events in users' social graphs. The main user experience was a daily email that aided last-minute planning. While the daily email was successful among initial users (5% daily clickthrough rate), attempts to discover a workable distribution model failed, and the service was shut down in 2011.
I designed and developed all aspects of the Rally product, from email and web user experiences to Python / Django API with Twitter Streaming API integration, MongoDB, Redis, RabbitMQ, Amazon AWS, etc.