…and I work for the next generation of makers.
Tech is reshaping how we learn and come together. Every young person can now code, speak, and build their way to a future that inspires them. But today’s world isn’t designed to work for these makers – the high school hackers and the freshmen founders – leaving a gap between the impact they’re capable of, and what the world expects of them.
I’m working to solve this problem…
… and with an extensive, ever-growing constellation of side projects.
After a gap year, I’m now studying rhetoric and computer science at UC Berkeley, playing piano, and writing as I have time. Each year, I set ten goals for myself. You can read my goals for 2020 here.
I’m most active on Twitter and GitHub. There and elsewhere on the Web, I’m almost always @thesephist. The best way to contact me is either through Twitter, or my email at my first name @ thesephist.com – my DMs and inbox are always open.
During summer 2019, I joined Repl.it as a software engineering intern. I worked on a cohesive keyboard shortcut system for the IDE and a fully featured Git and version control experience.
I was a Director at Cal Hacks for their 5th and 6th events. Cal Hacks is the largest collegiate hackathon in the world hosting over 2000 students and companies every year. I also led their Fellowship program, a 12-week idea accelerator for hackathon teams, run in partnership with VCs and entrepreneurship organizations on campus.
Between high school and undergrad, I was a software engineer at Spensa, an Indiana startup in precision agriculture acquired in 2018 by DTN, first as an intern then a full-time engineer. I worked on performance, developer tools, and frontend infrastructure.
As a high school senior, I was a member of The Anvil’s executive team at Purdue University, helping run The Boiler startup accelerator and other events around student entrepreneurship on campus. I still work closely with The Anvil and DMK, the student organizations for undergraduate entrepreneurs at Purdue.
In my constant and chaotic experiments in life, I’m forever grateful to many people too numerous to name. In particular, I’m thankful for Sameer and Sahil, my spiritual partners for Purdue entrepreneurship; Van, a constant creative inspiration; Tanthai, my afternoon amigo and midnight motivation; Deevy, my partner in crime for much of Cal Hacks; Zach Latta, a walking embodiment of the power of good storytelling; Brian Fultz, who opened my first doors into tech, way back in 2016; Ben Brame, who was my first boss and mentor; and my family who, as in the classic American story, immigrated to the US in 2009 for my future.
I wouldn’t be very much of who I am today without them.