New York

If I've got one word to describe New York City, it would be intense. It's a place with an overwelming amount of possibility, opportunity, and efficiency, but this comes at the cost of affordability and comfort. I often wake up here and wish I were back in North Carolina, where…

Facebook Is Biased

Facebook is full of successes and happy moments. It shows the sides of our lives that we want each other to see. But it's only half the story. I wonder how we could be more honest with each other and show a more representative, unbiased sample of our lives when…

Besides Happiness

One of my passions in life is happiness, or specifically, understanding how it happens, where it comes from, how to find and keep it, and how to help everybody else in the world obtain it too. This passion for happiness is not unrelated to my other obsessions with quality of…

Building An Engineering Team

I've played the role of chief architect for three early-stage products where I was responsible for creating something out of nothing. These included being a founder, first engineer, and contractor. Two of these experiences were at fast-paced startups that had just raised one million dollar seed rounds. In these experiences…

Lessons That Don’t Come Cheap

As a software engineer, consultant/contractor/freelancer, founder, and early employee at a few different startups in the last few years, I've learned some really difficult lessons. Some are general life lessons; others pertain to business, and some are about how to be a professional. These are hard, painful lessons…

Stock Market Investing Lessons Learned

Just over one year ago I had a pretty big pile of cash sitting in the stock market - the result of a few years of extreme saving and frugality. But I was about to embark on a year of traveling abroad. I wanted to be completely in the moment…