In every introduction to a potential client, partner, or other associate, the first thing I do is give a brief overview of my history. I know this is common in just about any business or social interaction, but its especially important in my line of work, since communicating my curriculum vitae is so critical to demonstrating my technical competence. And in truth, a technical lead can be as charming as you’d like but unless they are extremely technically competent, nothing else matters. But its hard to compress a lot of data into a short introduction!
I’ve worked on projects for some of the biggest companies in the world — not just Fortune 500 companies, but Fortune 50 companies! — as well as launched dozens of startups, some that didn’t work, some that did, and some that were extremely successful. Those larger companies include industry giants like Disney (three divisions — Disney Parks, Disney Channel, and Disney film!), Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Accenture, CBC, Sega, Sonos, and many more, as well as successful, venture backed startups like Graphite Comics, for which I currently serve as CTO.
I’ve also been written about, and my projects (both professional and personal) have been written about, by publications like the New York Times (which covered the launch of Graphite Comics, and the AI recommendation system I built for it, on the front page of the Business section), The Guardian (twice!), Fortune, TechCrunch, USA Today, AdWeek and many other internationally known outlets, in addition to multiple smaller but no less influential blogs and online journals like PocketGamer, TouchArcade, VentureBeat, and many, many more.
Just typing up that last paragraph and linking to all of that old press was a proud moment. In addition to mainstream press, I’ve also published papers on game related AI, including writeup of my graduate thesis on Hebbian learning in artificial neural networks — a topic I want to get into in more depth later.
That being said, I get asked a lot to dive deeper into my background — not only what I’ve worked on in the past, but why and how, which, to me, are much more interesting questions!Continue Reading