Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, I grew up on a healthy diet of rocks and spent my childhood constructing electro-mechanical contraptions and pursuing various methods of scaling and descending elevated objects including roof tops, cliffs, trees, canyons, and mountains.
I have an engineering degree with an electrical specialty from the Colorado School of Mines. I worked part time during college, first at NCAR where I babysat the super computers, and then at NA Tech where I constructed robots with lasers on them, self erecting wind towers, induction heating robotic deck plate straighteners, and many other neural network powered robotic systems. When I graduated I came on full time as the 4th employee.
After the robots I moved up the software stack, away from embedded systems and ran product at Blue Dot Solutions where Kate and I traveled the world living abroad in Scotland while developing mobile enterprise software in the pre-iPhone era.
From there, I jumped at the chance to join GitHub in the very beginning of 2011 as one of the first 20 employees. In my initial couple of years, I worked on everything from creating the v3 REST API on GitHub to spearheading the GitHub for Windows application from conception to 1.0 release. I then spent a stint as a Product Manager, responsible for the GitHub Platform and developer ecosystem, pricing and payments, and a variety of other projects like the 1.0 release of Git LFS. These days I’m back in engineering doing R&D in programming language theory and working on the open source project semantic—a toolkit for parsing, analyzing, and comparing source code.
I currently live in the San Francisco hills with my wife Kate and our two children.