I’m an experienced software engineer, entrepreneur, and executive.
My interest in music led me to an interest in computers and programming, which led me to an interest in business.
I started Cakewalk in 1987 as a bootstrap—one guy, literally in a basement, writing code, answering phone, driving boxes to UPS every day. To keep going, we had to sell enough stuff that people wanted to buy. Boy did I feel silly during the dot com boom. Anyway, we had to grow organically. We were fortunate to have a great team, great customers, and good timing.
Running one company for many years sounds like it could be boring, except that any given three-year stretch, it was practically a different company in terms of the challenges and environment. Having said that, as I approached the 25th anniversary in 2012, I decided to try new things.
I spent a few years enjoying focusing on programming again, particularly open source projects using Racket.
I did a batch at Hacker School (now called Recurse Center) where I worked on projects using Clojure, Haskell, and Python.
I worked for Droit Financial Technologies where I used Clojure and Datomic.
Most recently I founded Extramaze LLC, where I’m building things using Racket, including a search engine for deals on music gear.