University of Chicago
October 2015 - June 2019
Studying political science.
Member: Chicago Innovation Exchange. UChicago Political Union, UChicago CRs.
Volunteer: Chicago Public Schools/Axis UChicago
(Ray Elementary School)
Weston High School
Business Manager: Weston High School Journal
Member: Indoor track, Golf teams.
Team-member: Builders Beyond Borders (B3).
Starting two companies in college, I've learned how to pick up things like these on the fly:
I have written speeches for Lt. Governors, governors, and governors.
Types written (Among others):
I have built dozens of websites, web apps, and web pages from scratch, including:
- Ecommerce sites
- Landing pages
- Simple games
I have also built dozens of fully featured web apps, REST APIs, scrapers, and chat bots.
My typical stack uses Node.JS, Express, JQuery, Moment.JS, and noSQL databases (i.e Firebase).
I co-authored several reports presented to the governor and Lt. governor of Illinois. I have also written dozens of policy memos for the Lt. Governor, senior staff, and a U.S. congressman.
From 2011-2015 I wrote over 800 articles on topics ranging from biotech to tax reform. I have also built blogs with annual traffic in excess of 150,000 readers.
Sender of over 10 million emails to subscribers around the world, with open rates exceeding 25%. I have built five newsletters to over 1,000 subscribers each.
Recent honors and awards
2017 Wildhacks Runner-Up
Highest-ranked 1-person team.
Built a platform for quickly identifying and removing or highlighting damaging or polarizing tweets.
2017 UncommonHacks Finalist
One of six teams chosen to present. Built a web-connected smart robot for drawing in zen garden.
2016 Book Podcast of the year
Awarded by Otto Radio
2015 First-Citizen Young Entrepreneur Award
Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce
2015 HackGenY Finalist
One of the top nine teams out of over 80 teams and 300+ competitors in a global hackathon.
2015 Intellectual Risk-taking Award
Weston High School
2015 AP Scholar With Distinction
National Honor Society
President’s Volunteer Service Award
National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist.
I love building things that solve problems.
Here are a few of the most successful of the many things I've built.
0 - 10,000 Paying Members In 12 Months
A product with traction.
Developed a brand and growth strategy for growing the company to five figures in monthly revenue in three months.
Social Traction. Rave Reviews.
Customers love our letters
Created a product with infectious spread. 10-15% of purchases are driven by direct customer referral.
Made with love. Crafted with care.
At Letterjoy, we're driven by a passion for making history more accessible. In our first three months we developed programs to make our service accessible to customers of every socioeconomic background.
Now we're working on institutional and educational partnerships to bring Letterjoy into schools and support the great institutions that preserve and study history.
Over 8,000 signups in one month.
A product with traction.
I focused on producing a great daily newsletter, and the internet responded accordingly. Over 1,000 people signed up in the first 24 hours, and over 8,000 people signed up in our first month in existence.
Readers love us.
“I got the first story today, and wow. It was riveting, thought-provoking, and a bit saddening. It's a great idea for a newsletter (I write a few myself) and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's story. ”
- Nick Frost, Editor of Mattermark Daily
"I've got my team onto your service and they LOVE it!...For the first time in over 20 years, I am able to justify taking a little time out to enjoy fiction"
- Cat Milton, Blogger
Partnerships with brands, publishers, and authors
Making partnerships to jumpstart growth.
Turning a free product into a business is one of the great challenges of media. I've addressed it by partnering with great brands such as Strikingly.com, offering access to my audience, in return for capital to grow.
I've also partnered with authors and publishers to make exclusive, or difficult-to-license stories free for the first time ever.
Featured by Lifehacker, Robert Scoble, and more.
Commuters loved Commute Kit from week 1, and so did the press.
Legendary blogger Robert Scoble said it was a "Great list of stuff for your commute". Kristin Wong of Lifehacker called it "useful... if you’re looking for something to get hooked on during your commute."
Over 15,000 Visitors in one week.
Commute Kit launched on Product Hunt, and received over 279 upvotes, hundreds of shares, and drove thousands of pageviews to curated products.
"Really impressed by CommuteKit, which aims to make your travel time more productive"
- Sarah Kauffman, Expert in transportation innovation
As a contributor to Huffington Post, I've published two stories so far. Both have been shared more than 4,000 times each.
The App Store Chronicle
Founder. November 2011 - May 2015
In the fall of 2011 I created a technology blog, and I wrote daily on groundbreaking technology for over a year straight.
I wrote over 800 articles in the time I ran The App Store Chronicle, including exclusive interviews with luminaries such as Walt Mossberg, Brad Stone, and Jaan Tallinn.
I handled monetization, design, and growth singlehandedly, and I brought in over 1 million ad impressions and built a social following over 10,000.
Founder. May-July 2015
I built Geeky as an experiment in media and quick growth. I started with open-source foundations, and designed the site with specific conversion goals in mind. Using analytics, user-testing, and heatmapping tools I refined the design, and brought in 70,000 visits by the second month.
Once I'd answered the questions I'd set out to answer, I moved on to other projects.
I wrote two articles on investing for Seeking Alpha, one of the top online financial publications in the U.S. One discussed Blackberry's (at the time) new operating system, and the trouble they had attracting developers. The other discussed Microsoft's challenges in adapting to the mobile era.
I joined BeingLibertarian in early 2016 to help them in covering the 2016 Presidential Election, and related political news.
Mentions or quotes in the media.
This lovely profile on the origins and development of Letterjoy appeared on Forbes.com in April 2019.
This article was syndicated by the Associated Press to newspapers around the world. I was featured as an expert in 3D printing technology (a subject I wrote a short ebook on).
National Republican Senate Committee – DC – Digital Intern
Worked with the digital team during the heart of the midterms on key senate races. Programmed tools to make workflow more efficient, and to analyze ad data. Wrote tweets, blog posts, and Facebook posts.
Rep. Buddy Carter (GA 01) - DC – Intern
Conducted policy research on a myriad of issues, wrote speeches for the Congressman, and assisted in constituent communications by phone, email, and postal mail.
Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois – Chicago IL – Communications Intern
Wrote over a dozen speeches for Lt. Governor Sanguinetti and Governor Rauner. Also wrote press releases, reports, and research memos for senior staff. Studied the challenges of rural life, and the intricacies of the Illinois criminal justice system.