The son of an engineering professor, I spent the first years of my life convinced I’d stay in the family business and become an engineer. Life had other plans. Barely a semester into engineering school in New York City, it occurred to me that my non-engineering classes in english, fiction writing and history excited me more than fluid dynamics and partial differential equations. In the end, I did get an engineering degree in Biomechanics, but my eyes had been opened.
Open eyes, though, don’t make for a career plan. After college, I tried a number of paths: working in a neurobiology laboratory pondering a career in science, teaching English in Japan, selling Macintosh computers, working at a software company. I went back to school in New York for a masters degree in business.
Right about then, the World Wide Web kicked into gear. I took several jobs at Internet-related firms and then the bottom dropped out—the Internet bubble burst. I landed on my feet at the LEGO Company—yes, of plastic brick fame. There I helped launch the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits and played a key role in kickstarting the online LEGO Club. My name’s even on a U.S. patent for virtual LEGO bricks. After seven years and over forty trips to company headquarters in Denmark, it was time to move on. I was newly married and had a newfound passion for fiction writing.
So, here I am today. I write in the mornings and code websites the rest of the day. I currently live in Alexandria, Virginia with my wife and three kids.