About

Engineer, Builder, CTO, and Open Source Advocate


Abstract

I like solving challenging problems that live on the intersection of technology and humans.

I am currently focused on decentralized identity solutions related to Decentralized Web Nodes. Co-Chair of Decentralized Web Node WG at Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), Co-Lead of the Trust Registry Task Force @ Trust Over IP, and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at DIF.

My style around engineering is to balance exploration with pragmatism. I love mature R&D, with an edge toward production grade results. Full stack, with a bend toward backend/ML, and a capability of cobbling together UI's on vue.js or other frameworks if needed. I classify myself as an autodidact, and I've learned most the skills I have today from real projects.

If you're interested in learning more or just chatting, feel free to reach out to me.

Background

I always have viewed technology as a means toward the ends. I graduated Claremont McKenna ('14) with a Technology Policy Degree. I began my career in Silicon Valley, fell in love with the R&D Team at my first job in RetailNext, and moved my way toward engineering/R&D. We worked on building the Aurora camera, a edge based camera used for people tracking in retail spaces. For the next 6 years, I focused on the intersection of Spatial Intelligence, AI, and R&D. I met my wife in India, and lived there for 5 years while working with US Companies remotely.

A few years ago, I fell in love with the decentralized identity community and the mission it has reduce power bottlenecks in the fabric of society. I quickly engaged in a number of open source projects, and landed myself lead of a number of open source initiatives. Check out here for more information. I have now been CTO at two companies, and I've learned a lot from my experiences.

Check out my linkedin for my profile page.

Technical Experience

Seasoned full-stack engineer, including devops. Since I've had to build most things from the ground up, I've learned how to use many tools to get the job done in the most effective way.

Langaguges ( in order of preference )

  1. Golang -- Great langugage with a great design pattern.
  2. Python -- Great for data projects.
  3. Typescript -- Painful, but I do.
  4. Rust -- Some experience, but would love more.
  5. lisp -- For my Emacs. Not a fan.

Tools

Things I use consistently.

  1. Emacs
  2. Github Actions
  3. GCP
  4. Linear
  5. Terraform/Tofu
  6. Many more....

Other Experience

  1. Building teams
  2. Product Management
  3. Budgeting/Projections
  4. Helping raise rounds

Focuses

I am focused on building applications with impact.

  1. AI Applications and Development : I have experience 2 startups in Computer Vision and Behavioral Understanding with AI.
  2. Decentralized Identity : Tons of open source experience, leader of multiple open source initiatives, and ran a few startups in this space.