Hi there! A bit about me.

Founder

For nearly two decades, I ran Makalu Interactive, a small agency I founded that  designed and developed products for brands like Google, Virgin America, and Live Nation, as well as a handful of its own products, including RaceSplitter, an app for timing sport events, ChessDrop, a platform for storing chess games online, and Crypto Email Alerts, a service for getting crypto price alerts.

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

I’ve long been interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, and in that sphere, I’m currently acting as Head of Product at Aurora, the Ethereum EVM scaling solution from the NEAR Protocol.

Author

Money for Something — A concise beginner’s guide to investing, Money for Something teaches everything you need to know, can be read in an hour, and has been praised by people like David Heinemeier Hansson and Derek Sivers.

Crypto Explainers — Inspired by a conversation between Peter McCormack and Dan Held about the lack of “top of the funnel” informational resources in crypto, I’ve created several beginner guides for projects I find interesting, like Bitcoin, Pickle, Empty Set Dollar and Basis Cash.

Education

I have a Masters Degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, including time spent 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

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, the Pyrenees near France, and the United States.

You can also find me on Twitter.