Hi there

I live in San Francisco and make things — and companies (and teams) that make things on the internet.

Right now I'm working on a new company, called Begin. We're building a new way of staying on top of everything you've got going on. I'm super biased, but it's pretty neat. Go here if you'd like to be notified about it!

Recently I was VP of Product at Aol, where I co-founded and directed Alpha, the company's consumer products lab. We got to try out all kinds of neat stuff, like PipStarlike, and Sage. Prior to Alpha I ran the design team for Aol's Brands division.

I love all manner of technology products, so I also co-host a show called MVP where I talk about them every week.

In 2008 I founded a startup called PastFuture (aka gdgt, or "gadget") that helped people find the right stuff to buy, write really beautiful reviews, and connect with other owners of products they wanted or owned. Aol acquired that company in 2013.

Before that, in 2004 I was on the founding team at Engadget and Joystiq, which were for many years the most widely read technology and games sites in the world (and progenitors to The Verge and Polygon).

Before that I was an okay product designer, decent ops, and a meh engineer.


Besides my own stuff, I mentor, advise, and invest in other startups. I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic companies, including ShypAbout.me, and Milk, to name a few.

I'm also a mentor at Highway1, a hardware incubator based in San Francisco.

Get in touch

I'd love to hear from you! You can find me on Twitter.