I’m a writer and software engineer working on and thinking about problems in education, technology, and community.
I’ve written over 350k words about creative work, community, startups, and life on this blog, and about software and computing on my second blog dotink.co. I’ve made 120+ side projects ranging from programming languages and compilers to 3D renderers, original studio albums, interactive learning environments, UI libraries, art projects, and a suite of personal productivity tools that drive my life.
I believe that good taste, exercised judiciously, with good people, make the difference. I’ve previously been a part of core teams at the Anvil and Cal Hacks helping student founders, and on early-stage teams at Repl.it, Hack Club, and Ideaflow building tools to amplify our collective creativity. I now invest with the Dorm Room Fund in San Francisco.
After a couple of gap years, I’m studying rhetoric and computer science at UC Berkeley, playing piano and guitar, and writing and traveling as I have time. Each year, I set ten goals for myself. You can read my goals for 2021 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.
Keyboard shortcut system and Git version control integration, software engineering intern.
Director for 2018 and 2019 events, and leading the Fellowship accelerator program in partnership with the UC Berkeley campus venture ecosystem.
Building a browser extension to augment the web with a personalized knowledge graph, software engineering intern.
Frontend infrastructure, performance, and developer tools as a high school intern, then a full-time engineer.
Product lead and engineer for Hack Club Bank and other community initiatives including a partnership with Major League Hacking.
Helping run the Boiler startup accelerator and other events on campus.
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.