My passion is using modern technology to solve business problems and create business opportunities. I love to see my work make a difference (not necessarily change the world, but make someone's day a little bit easier or more fulfilling).
I thrive on leadership positions in which my skills in hands-on motivation and guidance of technologists, researchers, and developers will produce cutting-edge yet practical results. My technical skills combined with my business experience and focus make me a strong contributor on a management team.
Historically, I have made the people and companies that invested in me a lot of money, and also provided some value to the world at large. I would love to find a way to have a much larger impact on the community (while still being compensated, whether or not I'm making my employer large profits directly). I found Peter Diamandis' Abundance book quite inspiring (although I am skeptical of some of the specifics), and working on education (e.g. the Khan Academy, Lynda.com, etc) or traffic (e.g. Waze, INRIX, etc) or clean water, etc would be very cool. I haven't quite figured out how or where yet, so if you have any ideas, let me know!
Not very new, but still notable (to me) news: I wrote a chapter for the Bad Data Handbook, published in late 2012 by O'Reilly. My chapter describes an approach to assessing the quality and quirks of a data set, with several real-world examples that I've encountered in the past couple of years.
"It just shows what can be done by taking a little trouble," said Eeyore. "Do you see, Pooh? Do you see, Piglet? Brains first and then Hard Work. Look at it! That's the way to build a house."
"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right."
"The Web 2.0 business model is an 18-month job interview for a multi-million dollar signing bonus."
"What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"
"I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside."
"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room."
"There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong."