I like solving problems. I dabble in endurance running. My wife runs faster than I do.
I grew up in Upstate New York and moved to Santa Monica after high school in 1996 to pursue film. I briefly studied theory at the American Film Institute, but got distracted with surfing, climbing, and trail running—so I dropped out of school and explored California instead.
A few years later I read mathematician John von Neumann’s unfinished manuscript, The Computer and the Brain. It blew my mind—could code act like a person? I ended up at UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in computer science in 2004.
I’ve been racing trail ultras since 2007, completing over 30 events—most recently the 2019 Tahoe 200 miler. Sometimes I even write about it. :)