I'm an engineer trying to tackle society's big problems. I'm a person trying to support society's most vulnerable people. I'm an underrated samba dancer. I only live in cities that start with the letter S.


The best thing that can be said about me is that I am married to Clementine Jacoby.

Beyond that, I travel, rebuilt my taste buds from the ground up, appreciate vistas and will work hard to reach them, am fond of geographical extremes, get indignant from time to time, have a strong desire to be considerate, could be a better spatial thinker, am fantastic at arithmetic, look for meaning in chaos, care about refugees and migrants of all kinds, am a fan of grand gestures, and try to strike a balance between earnestness and dark humor.


  • Birth - 2007

    Grew up in the suburbs of northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Organized sports, Southern food, and a loving family.

  • 2007 - 2011

    Studied Computer Science and replaced many of the thoughts in my brain at George Mason University.

  • June 27, 2011

    Started trying to save the world from climate change at Opower.

  • May 2012

    Left the east coast of the United States for the first time, hopping a plane to London to explore western Europe. This was the most cliché thing imaginable.

  • December 4, 2012

    Crossed paths with Clementine at a circus event. The paths never uncrossed from there.

  • May 2013

    Left my life-long home; moved to San Francisco, California.

  • April 2014

    Became the Tech Lead for the team that owns the platform for outbound communications at Opower.

  • June 2014

    Moved to Seattle, Washington for a Summer of bungie jumping, island hopping, pie eating, and water skiing.

  • December 2014

    Co-founded the Opower Engineering Mentorship Program, helping to establish and guide relationships across the community.

  • June 2015

    Moved to San Miguel de Allende for a Summer of communing with Mexico. Took a much needed break from work and re-balanced.

  • August 2015

    Had a front-row ticket to one of the epicenters of the humanitarian crisis of the century, assisting refugees at Keleti Station in Budapest.

  • January 2016

    Became Architect for the Outbound organization at Opower, guiding the technical vision for 40 engineers across 6 teams.

  • November 6 2015 - September 6 2016

    Decided to hang out forever with Clementine. Planned and built our dream wedding at our parents' home in Utah, which included remodeling a masterpiece of mid-century modern architecture for the occasion.

  • September 2016

    Moved to Sydney, Australia the day after our wedding, to embark on an era of surf.


These are the things I can stumble my way through.

Active Skills

Tech skills

On the come up

Fresh new things I'm learning or working on.

STUDYING Machine learning
READING Everything by John Rawls
SURFING Trying to lengthen the wave and improve my agility
BUILDING A project to establish and visualize baselines for recidivism
EXPLORING An idea for how to assist refugees in flight

10,000 Hour Quest

Malcolm Gladwell said mastery requires 10,000 hours. That's not true, but here's my (estimated) progress anyway.

Sleeping 80,000
Engineering 10,600
Eating 10,000
Studying 9,500
Driving 4,380
Basketballing 1,700
Baseballing 1,000
Aerial hooping 50

Core ideas

These are the ideas I base my actions on.


Empathy deficiency is at the root of all problems. Empathy is the most important thing.


We should measure what we do by how it improves the well-being of the least advantaged members of society.


Those of us with the most privilege have a social duty to help those with less privilege.


People are naturally Good. They want to be good to others and to themselves.


Diversity leads to better decisions, higher quality of life, and stronger organization.


Stigma destroys social cohesion. It dehumanizes and distances us from one another.


Form follows function, but there is intrinsic social value in beauty.


Mentorship within and across communities helps society reinforce its future.

Top 5, Top 5, Top 5

These are the people and works I like, in immutable order.


  1. Salvador Dalí
  2. Frida Kahlo
  3. Luis Buñuel
  4. Yves Tanguy
  5. Kevin Barnes

Modernist designers

  1. Ray & Charles Eames
  2. Joseph Eichler
  3. Hans Wegner
  4. Oscar Neimeyer
  5. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Kanye West tracks

  1. Blood on the Leaves - Yeezus
  2. Lost in the World - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. Flashing Lights - Graduation
  4. Say You Will - 808s & Heartbreak
  5. Ultralight Beam - The Life of Pablo

Ambient musicians

  1. Boards of Canada
  2. Aphex Twin
  3. Jon Hopkins
  4. Autechre
  5. Tim Hecker


  1. The Fall - Albert Camus
  2. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  3. We - Yevgeny Zamyatin
  4. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  5. Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre

Wes Anderson films

  1. The Darjeeling Limited
  2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  3. Rushmore
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Moonrise Kingdom

Mexican dishes

  1. Gorditas al pastor
  2. Mole poblano
  3. Molcajete
  4. Chiles rellenos
  5. Huevos rancheros


  1. Eames Lounger
  2. Barcelona Chair
  3. Jensen Z Chair
  4. Eames Low Chair Wood
  5. Platner Side Chair

Delightful things

  1. Oversized coffee table books
  2. Super dark green ferns
  3. Scented hand lotion
  4. Colorful throw blankets
  5. Fresh-baked cookies


  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Shaquille O'Neal
  5. Wilt Chamberlain