Most recently I built Herald, an open source application that simplifies deployment of a full observability pipeline, condensing a complex multi-application deployment (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Fleet Server) into just a few simple steps. You can read the comprehensive case study for Herald, where I discuss the architecture, design decisions and implementation challenges of building Herald here.
From Real Estate Broker to Software Engineer
Before becoming a software engineer I was a licensed real estate broker for just over a decade, and for more than half of that I operated my own real estate brokerage. Running my own operation where I have full control and responsibility for, quite literally, everything (branding, marketing, systems and processes, lead generation, revenue, P&L, etc.) was an incredible experience.
Before venturing out on my own I was a Team Lead at the real estate technology start-up, Redfin. During that time I established its first listings team for the Portland area, trained and supervised a stellar team of lead agents, associate agents and transaction coordinators, grew the team's market share and advised on new consumer and agent technologies with a cross-functional team from around the country.
For a full history of my education and professional work experience, please feel free to review my resume.
About This Website
I love to write, and I love the channel it gives us to communicate with our peers. Even in the age of video and visual media, writing is still a core pathway to touching those around us, and to providing useful content to those who need it.
And so here, I write. For me, it’s a great outlet to clear my head, fine tune ideas, exercise a craft and add value where I can.
To write, I use the fast, light weight and simple to learn markup language, Markdown. I write with the beautiful, distraction-free editor iA Writer, which has apps for both iOS and macOS.
When it's all said and done, I publish to the web using the open source platform Ghost as a headless CMS, with a custom designed frontend using Gatsby. The Ghost backend is hosted on a Digital Ocean droplet, while the Gatsby frontend is hosted on Vercel.
If you've made it this far, I appreciate your time in getting to know more about me. If you'd like to connect or if there's something you think I might be able to help you with, feel free to drop me a note here.