Currently I'm a software engineer and writer in Los Angeles.

I'm the founding editor of New Worker Magazine, and the artificial intelligence based literary experiment ➰➰➰.

I've co-founded a number of publications, companies, and organizations, some I'm still affiliated with. I've lived/worked in 4 countries, 7 US states, and traveled extensively in the US and in 35 other countries. I hold a teaching certificate from Cambridge and a degree magna cum laude in rhetoric and in natural resource conservation from UC Berkeley.

I enjoy serendipity, the absurd, and following random opportunities wherever they lead.

I'm currently finishing up a novel, and am also working on a guide for teens on how to go to college for free, pursue interests and avoid traditional "work" in their 20s, and then enter the workforce meaningfully and with a six-figure salary. I did it, and though it might sound risky, this is relatively reproducible and I've helped others do it!

I'm always looking for ways to enable more people to remake the world, fix what's broken, and blaze new trails in how to live. If you have ideas or want to join forces, get in touch. I'm an open book.














Appearances

I've appeared on CBS This Morning, CNBC, and in AM New York, Business Insider, The Cut, Fast Company, Levo, MarketWatch, MSN, and USA Today.

In my capacity as a writer, an essay of mine will be anthologized in the 2023 edition of McGraw Hill's Power of Process textbook. In 2020, the magazine Creative Nonfiction nominated my work for a Pushcart Prize. In 2019, another essay got a wonderful audio treatment on Curio. My writing has been reviewed in The Rumpus, Wildness, and The Review Review. My most recent "literary" interview on air was in August 2019 on the Essay Daily podcast, and my most recent literary interview in print was in the Summer 2018 issue of Carve. Back when public appearances were a thing, I used to read my work sometimes, most recently at Ditmas Lit in July 2019.

In my role in coworking and the future of work, I've been interviewed by Coworking Europe, Deskmag, NY Tech, Shareable, Social Workplaces, and on a number of podcasts. My last interview about "work" was in April 2018 in Optix's Future of Work series. Most of my "future of work" work is thankfully in the past.

In my role as a random person hellbent on overcoming barriers, I was selected by Michelle Obama to appear in a print feature she guest edited (about first-generation college graduates) in print magazine More (see). I've talked in a bunch of places, Vandal's Curious World probably being the most interesting to listen to, and Courtney Martin's book The New Better Off: Reinventing The American Dream the most interesting to read.













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I appreciate hearing from both strangers and old friends.

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