About Keaka Jackson

You should read my MeMails, which are frequently referred to as "the best nonsense on the web"**

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.

About Sanity Software

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.