I have been programming computers since the early
1980s when I taught myself to program first on CP/M machines and
later PCs. Over the years I have learned or experimented with a number of
different languages including Pascal, dBase, Clipper, Smalltalk, x86 Assembler,
C and C++. I now spend most of my time working in C++ and C#, usually on Intel
machines running Win32-based operating systems such as Windows 10, Windows Server
and Windows Mobile.
I started making a living programming in 1981 when I contracted a few simple projects for friends. That grew into a full time consulting business that lasted for six years, during which I wrote several accounting systems, construction estimators, customer databases and other custom programs for small businesses in the Sacramento area.
In 1988 I was lured to the Silicon Valley and hired by a company called ENSR Health Sciences. A couple of years later I moved to Marketing Resources Plus where I stayed for just over six years. I returned to full-time consulting for a year and then in October of 1997 I joined an Internet start-up called Impulse Buy Network where I worked as Chief Architect. In April of 1999 Impulse was bought by Inktomi where I took the position of Chief Technologist. Late in 1999 I left Inktomi to help start a new company with my friend from Impulse Richard Ling. For just over 2 years I was Chief Technology Officer for AlterEgo Networks, and Richard was the CEO. In May of 2002 AlterEgo was acquired by Macromedia.
A short time later Richard and I started another company, Metalincs. In December of 2008 Metalincs was acquired by the Seagate company i365 where I served as Senior Scientist until March of 2011. Now I have returned again to startup mode which seems to be where I am happiest. I have reunited with several of my colleagues from Metalincs who formed LiveHive, a cloud storage and collaboration application startup in California. I work remotely from my home in Utah.
Away from my formal job projects I spend a lot of time studying new languages and technologies. What I love most about my job is the constant learning and exploring new areas. Nothing ever seems to remain static for very long.
This is normally where I would put my resume, but rather than posting one of those boring all-text tomes I decided to try something different. So below is my business-card resume. Not every job I've ever held is included but it does give a pretty good overview of my working life. After uploading these I have to admit to a history of rather ugly business cards. I'm reminded of the scenes in American Psycho where the guys are comparing the design and material characteristics of their business cards with the zeal of bull elk proudly parading their seasonal racks. Mine would be an embarrassment in that context, I'm afraid.
May 2012 to
December 2007 to
July 2003 to
November 1999 to
March 1999 to
October 1997 to March 1999
January 1997 to
February 1990 to
August 1988 to
April 1982 to