If we haven't met yet, I'm Issac.
I am an engineering manager at a company in San Francisco (though they're a worldwide company) called Stripe. I am inside a group called Treasury Engineering, where I work on helping manage Stripe's liquidity and foreign exchange products and services both internally and for Stripe's customers.
This is not about Stripe but I'll say: It's really quite nice to be able to say all of that.
From April 2017 until September 2019 I worked for "Astra". They are building a small disposable orbital launch vehicle, or ideally, dozens of them. I started the test and launch software discipline and built a team there.
Ashlee Vance wrote about us here for Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-astra-rocket/ (IA Link)
Eric Berger wrote about us here for Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/at-astra-space-failure-is-an-option/ (IA Link)
From November 2013 until October 2015 I worked for "Nonchalance". They were building something. It was a game, and a society of like-minded folks, and an art installation. It was lots of things to lots of people. I spent my time there running the "Systems" group, which was both hardware and software with a very strong bent toward experimental human computer interface design.
Lots of people wrote lots of things, but I'm going to only list my two favorites
Jessica Lachenal wrote about us here: https://medium.com/@jeslach/the-latitude-society-a-story-45915e489937 (IA Link)
Lydia Laurenson wrote about us for Vice: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xygykj/my-year-in-san-franciscos-2-million-secret-society-startup (IA Link)
In many ways I loved both of these jobs tremendously. In many ways they were both quite crummy. One thing that they both had in common until very recently was that they insisted that we don't talk about it in public.
This does a disservice to the business in at least these ways:
This does a disservice to the employees of your business in at least these ways:
I am a huge fan of the model where you "Radiate Intent" (IA Link) and I want to work with and for folks who follow this path.
12th February 2020
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I'm Issac. I live in Oakland. I make things for fun and money. I use electronics and computers and software. I manage teams and projects top to bottom. I've worked as a consultant, software engineer, hardware designer, artist, technology director and team lead. I do occasional fabrication in wood and plastic and metal. I run a boutique interactive agency with my brother Kasey and a roving cast of experts at Kelly Creative Tech. I was the Director of Technology for Nonchalance during the The Latitude Society project. I was the Lead Web Developer and then Technical Marketing Engineer at Nebula, which made an OpenStack Appliance. I've been building things on the web and in person since leaving Ohio State University's Electrical and Computer engineering program in 2007. Lots of other really dorky things happened to me before that, like dropping out of high school to go to university, getting an Eagle Scout award, and getting 6th in a state-wide algebra competition. I have an affinity for hopscotch.