Currently, I work at Involver, a social marketing platform providing applications and monitoring tools to over 100,000 brands and agencies to manage hundred of millions of fans. I work on the platform operations and infrastructure team, where I get to work on scaling our software to manage the viral, unpredictable loads that result from successful customers.
Before that, I worked at Numerex, where we not only provided a simple and economical consumer/small fleet GPS tracking application, but also opened up our platform and provided a full suite of services to allow web developers to use the tools they already know to build their own GPS tracking applications! We provided any or all of the devices, network airtime, application, and hosting that you need — with an application that works on day one but is open for you to build on top of it. I worked on designing and building our architecture when I wasn’t wearing one of my other hats (like field servicing tracking devices on construction equipment).
Born in Austin, TX (and probably named in a moment of panic) I’ve lived in Texas all my life. We moved around a lot when I was young, probably about once a year, but almost all the time I went to school in Bastrop (a beautiful town just 45 minutes southeast of Austin). As nice as Bastrop was, adventure called (plus I got bored around sophomore year), and so I left Bastrop High School to start my junior year at the Texas Academy of Math & Science… becoming a TAMSter (rhymes with hamster), as we call ourselves. It wasn’t fun to leave my friends from Bastrop behind, but it was a great experience and I wouldn’t give it up. After TAMS, I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Computer Science and went to work at Nortel. While at Nortel, some friends and I cofounded a game publishing house called Living Room Games. I coauthored 7 of the books that we published, mainly fantasy and cyberpunk writing but also contributing in design and mechanics. As for Nortel, it was a great place to start but I quickly decided I wanted more of a challenge, and started working for software startups. First was Iris Labs (folded after a year), then Xtera (which went from 200 employees to ~50, although they’re doing better lately), then more: SensorLogic, Catalis, Ublip (purchased by Numerex, yea!).
In June of 2006, I got married to Natalie, a wonderful woman that I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with. Right after getting married, we went to Italy for two wonderful weeks — Venice, Tuscany, and Rome. Along the way we took a ton of great photos (which I later used for a pretty cool project) — check out the pics!