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About me

I grew up in the southern United States and studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, spending time at both the Atlanta, Georgia and Metz, France campuses. As an undergraduate, I worked as a co-op student at the Georgia Power Company.

Having chased my future wife to Europe, we founded an engineering company in Germany called MakaluMedia GmbH in the late 1990s, that did work for the European Space Agency and other European aerospace organizations. We later sold that company to SciSys GmbH in 2012.

From the beautiful Mediterranean coast of southern Spain, I started Makalu Interactive, a small agency that designed and developed products for brands like Google, Virgin America, and Live Nation, as well as a handful of apps like RaceSplitter, ChessDrop, and Crypto Email Alerts.

With a longtime interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, I wound down Makalu in 2020 to lead Product at Aurora, the Ethereum EVM scaling solution from the NEAR Protocol.

In my early 20s, I was fortunate to learn about investing, and later challenged myself to write the best possible starter book for young people. The result was Money for Something, a concise beginner’s guide that can be read in an hour, and has been praised by people like David Heinemeier Hansson and Derek Sivers.

I’m a three-time European gold medalist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art in which I received my black belt in 2011. That’s actually less impressive than it sounds, though, when you learn that BJJ first arrived to Europe in the early 2000s! 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.

Finally, this is my blog, where I’ve been writing random stuff since around 2006. If it’s your first time here, you might start with favorites or podcasts.

You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.