Hi! My name is Phil, and I’m currently the CTO of Amper, a small hardware startup in the (crowded) IoT space. I formerly was a software engineer at Sprout Social in Chicago. I work in the world of web services and distributed systems, and usually find myself writing Java and Python, although lately I’ve been playing with Go.

This is a space for my personal projects, things that I’ve learned along the way, as well as any other random thoughts of mine. Feel free to email me or tweet at me with anything you’d like to talk about!

Here are some things I’m interested in:

  • games: I grew up up playing a mixture of board games and video games and still do. I write a little bit about games I play and watch.
  • learning: the vast amount of information now available at our fingertips is mindblowing, but for someone with 0 knowledge of how to get from novice to expert, the knowledge dump of the internet doesn’t always work. We just need to figure out how to organize it.
  • making things: I like making things, and I like talking and working with people who also like to make things.
  • personal data: the amount of data that exists for a single person is huge. I’m not just talking about the number of web services with API’s that someone is signed up for. Think about everything in your life, the time you spend here or there, when you cook, when you eat out, what kind of stuff do you own, what are all the books you’ve read, etc. There are literally thousands, and I’m curious how to collect it all and index it in an efficient manner.