I’m the founder of Makalu, author of Money for Something, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. You can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, AngelList, or write an email.

Founder of Makalu

Makalu Interactive is a small agency that has designed and developed web and mobile applications for brands like Google, Virgin America, Live Nation and many more. Our current focus includes finance, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

We’ve also created some neat products of our own, including RaceSplitter, an app for timing sport events, ChessDrop, a platform for storing chess games online, and Crypto Email Alerts, a service for tracking crypto prices.

In an earlier life, I founded an engineering company in Germany called MakaluMedia GmbH, working in the European aerospace industry for the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and EUTELSAT. In 2012, we sold the company to SciSys GmbH.

Author of Money for Something

Investing from an early age changed my life. To help others, I published a free book, Money for Something that teaches everything you need to know, in an hour. It’s helped many start down the path to financial freedom, and has been praised by people like David Heinemeier Hansson and Derek Sivers.


I’ve been writing at my blog since 2003. Some of the most popular content includes: A curated list of favorite podcast episodes, a two-context approach to the GTD productivity method, and my experience with the Paleo diet.


I have a Masters Degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, having studied at both the Atlanta, Georgia and Metz, France campuses. As an undergraduate, I worked as a co-op student at the Georgia Power Company.

Personal life

I’m a three-time European gold medalist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art in which I received my black belt in 2011. I also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and most recently, rock climbing.

I value honesty, sincerity and simplicity, and hope to always remain curious and open-minded. I enjoy living off the beaten path, and exploring the diverse experiences and cultures the world has to offer. I share time between southern Spain and the United States.

PS: Thanks to DHH for letting me use his website template!