Who’s this guy?
I’m a Bay Area comedian and writer originally from Central Illinois and a few other places along the way. I got started in comedy mostly as a writer. Back in the late 90s, I was one of the creators of the tech lampooning magazine, “In Formation.” For some time in the early 2000s I was in Chicago where I wrote sketch comedy for the legendary Second City. I decided to give standup a try after returning to San Francisco and perform regularly at clubs and corporate events.
I’m also the Executive Producer of the entertainment company Showmentum, which I started in 2018.
Life Before Comedy
Co-founder of Cola, the first open messaging platform the we subsequently sold to Layer, Inc. in January of 2017. I have been chronicling that adventure here.
For 15 years, I ran a product design and strategy company in Chicago called Idea Momentum. We did some really cool work for some amazing clients.
I worked at Apple Computer on some of their most exciting and notorious products including the iMac, G4, iTunes, and the Newton.
My first startup was a company called Postini (originally called SafeStamp) and we invented the Spam Filter and a few more things.
I used to teach a course on prototyping that I developed for The Institute of Design in Chicago.
I was a research assistant at the University of Illinois where I studied the effects of collaborative technologies on group communication. The findings we presented to the Mosiac team at NCSA.
Stuff I find interesting
I really dig camping, cars, comedy, concerts, plus other things that don’t begin with the letter C.
I read a lot of books about history, productivity, and short stories.
I still watch “Seinfeld” reruns even thought I subscribe to every streaming service and have a monster cable package.