I drive inspiration from many sources across many industries. I believe that the best ideas come from industries other than the ones you work in.

Here is a list of people I follow for inspiration. I chose people from different backgrounds, nationalities, genders, and age groups. As well as their ideologies on why I listed them here:

Chris Coyier Creator of codepen, his idea of micro-services speaks mimics my own thought processes
Tania RasciaWebdeveloper who has great eye for design, simple bullshit free site with great tutorials
James BurtonYoutuber who makes all sorts of awesome robots
Devon ZuegelRails Dev, big fan of her writing style and her way of thinking, in some ways they mimic my own
David K PianoReact Developer who just does magic with CSS / react
Joshua OluwagbemigaNigerian Developer / AfterEffects who is able to craft amazing futuristic UX design mockups
SirupsenShopify Developer who has great design philosophies
Sindre SorhusOpensource NodeJS developer who has built hundreds of libraries used today
Jeremy ThomasThe CSS Guru who knows how to architect complex CSS structure
Jen SimmonsMozilla Designer Advocate, someone who actually understands design philosophy and its history.
Destin SandlinCreator of Smarter Every Day, someone who is passionate about sharing and exploring engineering principles
Mark RoberSame as above
Tom ScottSame as above, but more cultural and computerscience topics. "Make as many things as possible and connect with as many people"
Gordon Zhu Exgoogler who is a fantastic teacher in software design practices & workflows
Xavier DecuyperYoutuber who makes well explained Cryptocurrency Tutorials
Derek BanasYoutuber who makes tutorials on every programming languages in existence + cooking
Michael NielsenYC combinator researcher, I enjoy reading his work related to augmentive cognition and neuroscience
GlutanimateMedical Professional / Python developer who makes popular plugins for anki, space-repetition learning software
Patrick ShyuYoutuber who runs Tech Lead. Feels like an older, more matured / intelligent version of myself
Casey NeistatWell known youtube vlogger, someone who appreciates in telling stories first before tools
Mattias Petter JohanssonYoutuber who runs FunFunFunction, someone who understands the simplicity of tools in complex dev environments ("tooling maintenance cost")
Grant SandersonYoutuber who makes 3blue1brown, some of the best youtube math videos to date.
Teran Van HemertVideo editor for Linus Tech Tips, his enthusiasm of macros and workflows resemble my own
Michael Reeves19 year old (at the time) who makes crazy inventions on youtube
Devon CrawfordCS Student (at the time) who makes videos of things he learns along the way. His learning style resembles mine
Peter LevelsMostly 1 man successful startup scene. Someone who really gets tech solves business problems, not the other way around
Evan&KatlynMakerspace youtube series with great marketing & content
Alan KayInventor of modern OOP, GUI, and ideas for personal computing
Douglas EngelbartInventor of the Computer Mouse. Philosophies in making tools to exponentially allow people to build more effective solutions.
Bret VictorDynamic Land and founding Apple UI Designer
Piotr WozniakInventor of space-repetition algorithm & Supermemo
Elon MuskSpaceX/Tesla, hitchhikers guide to galaxy motivation
Jeff BezosAmazon, the idea of reinvesting constantly and thinking long term

These are things I enjoy doing

  • Calisthenics
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Rock Climbing
  • Golfing
  • Traveling
  • Video Games
  • Anime
  • DIY

These are industries & fields that interest me

  • Manufacturing
  • Automation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Ecommerce
  • Logistics & Shipping
  • Big Data
  • Minimalist Art / UX
  • Graphics Design & Video Production
  • Math

Quotes I have commited to memory

  • Competition IS validation – u/localcasestudy
  • Ideas are easy, execution is everything – Casey Neistat
  • Tool are just tools, nothing more  – Casey Neistat
  • There’s a maintenace cost to everything – MJP from FunFunFunction
  • Think globally act locally – Not sure who said this
  • Execution multiplier – Derek Sivers
  • Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth – Mike Tyson
  • Think win-win – Franklin Covey
  • Notes are an extension of your mind
  • How much you get done is dependent on your infrastructure

My favorite oxymorons, common phrases, and analogies I like to use:

  • Logistical Creativity
  • No Context Switching
  • Idea Cross Pollination
  • Crowdsourcing Failures
  • Outerspace, and Back to Earth
  • Lowest Hanging Fruit
  • Challenges, not obstacles
  • KISS (Keep it simple stupid)

My goal in life is give back to what has mentored & defined me growing up. This is mostly all the things that I have taken for granted. This is all the video games, technology, books, TV shows, etc that I have grown up to learn and enjoy and by definition everything that empowers it & its derivatives – software. There is a rich story to be told about even the seemingly small things in life.

I wish to build (more) software and solutions to empower businesses and people with the largest positive direct impact on society. I want to be the storyteller now, not the reader.