I grew up on the south shore of Oahu, where I attended Punahou School. In addition to swimming competitively as far back as I can remember, I did cross country, track, water polo, kayaking, biathlons, triathlons, gymnastics, diving, etc. The closest I came to being good at any of those sports was probably in 1994, when I was the U.S.A. kayaking national champion in my age group for the 500 meter sprint. I don't think I was particularly fast, but apparently everybody else was even less fast that day. I also like to pretend I'm a fast runner. I held the 7th & 8th grade cross country record for the fastest 2 mile race time in my school's history, and I believe one of those years I was undefeated. I think somebody beat my record a few years later, and I still don't like that guy, whoever he is. My days of 4:54 miles are long gone, mainly because I keep breaking bones snowboarding.
Upon entering Stanford University, I traded all athletic activities for the opportunity to stare at a monitor and type for 14 hours a day. I did get out occasionally though, and I love back-country backpacking in Yosemite or escaping to Tahoe to snowboard in this crazy frozen stuff that falls out of the sky here on the Mainland.
During college I worked briefly for SigPro, which was neat because I got a NASA badge and had the opportunity to tromp around NASA Ames Research Center for the summer of 1999. The following summer I worked in the thermodynamics lab at Stanford, building a support structure for a 20ft tall pulse detonation engine and writing software to analyze photos from a test cell for the engine. For 6 months in 2001 I developed internal tools at Apple in Cupertino.
In 2002, I graduated from Stanford University with a BS in computer science and a minor in mechanical engineering. I finished up at Stanford in 2004 with an MS in computer science.
From June 2002 to May 2005 I worked as a software engineer at Tickle. At Tickle I had the opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects with millions of users:
I ventured off on my own from August 2005 to June 2006 writing SMS text messaging applications. My users sent more than 3 million text messages through my products. My SMS apps are now owned and powered by CallWave.
I am currently working on several amazing, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping projects. Out of concern for your heart, blood pressure, and general health and safety, I can't tell you anything about these exciting ventures.
**I'm the only one who says this.
***Some people might claim that I'm not the champion, because the winner of the loser's bracket ended up beating me (the winner of the winner's bracket). Those people are idiots.
I created Sanity Software during the winter of 2001 in a small dorm room in Stanford, CA. I embarked on this adventure rather spontaneously, partly because I developed a sudden aversion to attending my college classes. I also wanted to test out the world of shareware and try my hand at running an extremely small business. For the most part, however, I just wanted to start developing some cool things that people find useful, have fun, and learn a little on the side!
Do you need an application? Do you have a great idea for an application or web service? Let me know! I might also be available for contract or consulting work.