I got into programming as a kid and spent a lot of time in high school messing around with Linux, web programming, and Android development. I went to a community college for the second half of high school, served an LDS mission for two years in Malaysia and Singapore, and then got my Computer Science degree from BYU. I worked for one year as a software engineer, afterwards becoming a full-time founder; a career path which I equivocally recommend. I've applied unsuccessfully to Y Combinator 8 times consecutively so far, which I believe should qualify me for some sort of award.
I started using Clojure for various side projects while in college. As a founder I've used it for nearly everything. I'm active in the community as an open-source developer.
I met my wife while at BYU and we have two daughters. We'll probably homeschool them since I was homeschooled and liked it. We lived in Provo until the pandemic started; since then we've been in Washington state where I grew up.
I played a lot of clarinet in high school and college, including in the now-defunct Everett Youth Symphony and in the BYU Symphony Orchestra. In between I developed focal dystonia which halted my playing for a few years. I also played some guitar + vocals casually and have some youtube recordings (none that I'm proud of). Between family and career, I don't currently have any time for music (not even my little alto recorder which I bought to serve as a "clarinet-lite"), but I'd like to get back into it when my kids are older.
I am a connoisseur of fine dad jokes; some of my favorites:
Two fish are in a tank. One turns to the other and says, “you take the steering wheel—I'll man the guns.”
I don't always tell dad jokes, but when I do, he listens.
Q: What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
A: Anyone can roast beef.
Lest anyone dispute the "dad" status of any of these jokes, let it be known that I am a dad, and these are my jokes.