As I move through my 40s, I have found a lot of things to be much clearer than they used to be; I think this stems from realizing and accepting some of my truths, and letting go of some beliefs that just didn't work for me. What I have essentially discovered is that:
I want to be a force for good, and work on projects that enable that.
Success is simply being the best version of myself that I can be.
I want to find and be with people who are authentic, kind, and have integrity.
That's it, that's pretty much what I'm about. If you're about this kind of stuff too, we should definitely hang out.
Servo is a digital product development agency that I started in 2008, specializing in building sophisticated web and mobile apps for its partners. I have had the good fortune to work with some amazing groups of people to help produce a portfolio of some very cool products and tools. My time is currently spent helping SoftwareONE, a $7B enterprise software giant, develop its next generation website, along with the DAV, where we have created a truly powerful training platform for this vital organization to better help disabled veterans.
I am a co-founding member of The Digital Life Collective, an organization of people who are working to promote and build technologies that protect individual privacy and identity. In an era of unprecedented privacy erosion, led by massive companies that profit from our digital surveillance, we work to develop tech by us, for us. Tech we can trust.
Regroup is a company that I helped start as its Chief Technology Officer. I am currently serving there in an advisory capacity where I am responsible for technology projects within the enterprise domain. It has been a privilege to be part of a smart and passionate team that is making a significant impact in the health and well-being for a large population of people across the United States. .
I am a student of the martial arts. I currently hold a purple belt in the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu and spend most of my free time at Redzovic Jiujitsu, where I teach and train. It's a great school where I have met not only some impressive martial artists, but also even more remarkable people who quite regularly inspire me to become a better human being.
In addition to jiujitsu, I am certified to teach the art of Yiquan, a Chinese fighting system that I learned while living in Beijing with the 3rd generation lineage holder, Yao Chengguang. I have also studied Chen-style Taijiquan for over a decade with a number of masters in the United States and England.
I created a service called Technika, which is a site that allows martial artists of all types create online subscription-based video courses. Create video instructionals, techniques, lessons and share them on the internet with interested students in HD video. It's just getting started, but a project that I find tremendously satisfying to work on.
I try to regularly put down some thoughts, mostly for therapeutic reasons, but hopefully they might prove useful for others to read as well. I tend to write commentary on politics, psychology, martial arts, health and technology.