I once drove a firetruck through a toll-gate. True story.
I started programming around 10, my first serious application was a keep-alive for AOL connections so our dial-up wouldn’t time out. I had a stock broker in middle-school who I’d call from the pay-phone at lunch to trade stocks.
In High School, as a member of a team, I participated in, and won, a worldwide competition for the Internet Science and Technology Fair. We presented at the National Press Club in Washington DC to top executives in the industry.
As a first-semester freshman at Virginia Tech I landed a job at General Electric, which I took for the following summer. I followed that up with 2-1/2 years of school and a semester off for a job at ITT Nightvision, after which I graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering and minor in Computer Science.
I graduated and joined Westinghouse Electric Company as an engineer, and in a matter of 2-years, was promoted from engineer, to senior engineer, to project manager, where I lead the hardware and software design for Nuclear Reactor Safety systems.
I left the corporate world to pursue my own company, during which time I became a volunteer firefighter, and created a custom content management system targeted at firehouses and rescue squads. Following a little over a year of this, I moved out West to San Francisco, where I worked on various contracts as a developer, and started several side projects (some featured on Thrillist, like TixSux), and others, more for fun (like CoffeeTalk).
I finally found a niche in telephony, and co-founded TellFi, a YC funded company. And that’s where I am now.