AboutOn the biographical front:
- Born in Hong Kong.
- Parents were in the Foreign Service, so I've lived in Senegal, Egypt, and Bolivia while growing up.
- Started programming when I was 10 on my dad's super-modern IBM XT (which had a hard drive capable of storing an astounding 10 million bytes!)
- Studied Computer Science at Harvard.
- Worked at Industrial Light & Magic, SEVEN, and started HitPlay.
- Focused on investing/consulting/advising for the past couple years.
I'm actually not interested in technology, but rather what you can do with technology. Unlike most developers, I don't care about IDEs, or git vs. svn, or python vs. ruby. They're all just tools.
What is cool is all the properties that emerge from these tools.
For the first time in history, every person on this planet can be instantly connected with anybody or any group. For the first time in history, storage and distribution of content is essentially free and infinite.
And every year, it gets easier to build the apps that power the web and run on your phone. What does the future hold, as the creative forces of the world are unleashed?
On a related note, I think a lot about positive psychology, about what makes us happy, engages our talents, and provides a sense of fulfillment.
I'm always surprised at how otherwise intelligent people are often unhappy. It is possible to use one's intellect in service of becoming happier — it's a mystery to me why so few do.
So, I'm especially attracted to ideas with the potential to touch a wide swathe of humanity and elevate their sense of well-being.