Facilitating workshop at Wavelength London 2013
Crisis and Alert Systems
Elections and Politics
Fast Big Data
Selling and Insight Platforms
ancient Engineering Productivity Pretotyping Accessibility + i18n
Accessibility + i18n
Built software used by everyone.
In Redmond with Bill Gates and the team, circa 2004
Keynote at first ever GTAC in NYC 2007
There's no place like 127.0.0.1
I started loving software on a field trip to the Stanford Computer Lab in 3rd grade. I played with a chemistry simulator for hours and the teacher had to drag me away.
When my family got our first computer in the house it was still kind of weird. My grandfather gave me a copy of Basic for my birthday and I learned by playing with sample code. A few years later he gave me C, and I wrote my first real programs. One was a text-to-speech random sentence generator. I'd made two versions, one clean and one dirty. In front of the computer lab (nerd alert) I ran the wrong one, and had my first major bug at show-and-tell.
3rd grade school photo, Silicon Valley 1975
I was headed toward medicine in college but still programmed and sold a few games for beer money. About half way through undergrad at the University of Arizona, I took a computer science elective that made me excited about software again. And had the difficult discussion with my dad where I told him that I wasn't interested in being a doctor. He supported me, but was concerned, "how are you going to make a living in software?"