I’m a software product development leader currently working on Oracle’s enterprise SaaS platform for social network listening, engagement, and publishing in Austin, TX. While my formal education is in user experience, my career has comprised predominantly of product and engineering roles. My experience ranges from tiny startups to some of the biggest software companies. In my spare time, I enjoy consulting and advising startups on product development topics, in addition to working on my own side projects.
I was born in Minnesota but grew up in Tianjin, China. It was during my latter years there that I became fascinated with the power of the Web. I taught myself how to design and program basic websites. It wasn’t long before I turned my personal hobby into a profession. I founded my interactive design and development firm, Dragon Eye Design, developed web applications for educational institutions, and worked on startup ideas with classmates — all while still in high school. Upon returning to the United States, I consulted with startups and small businesses on the side to fund my formal education in user experience design. I began at the University of Minnesota, but moved down to Texas two years later. I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in interactive media.
I eventually made my way to Austin, where I became one of the earliest engineers for HomeAway, Inc. Later, I joined a fintech startup where I developed its equity crowdfunding investment platform, after which I had a brief stint at Apple as a DevOps engineer in their business intelligence department. I then returned to the fintech startup as CTO, where I gained management experience by overseeing both design and development resources for the company. Next, I became a software development manager at Oracle, the second largest software company in the world. I then leveraged my multi-disciplinary expertise to make a lateral move into product management.
I live in Austin with my wife, two kids, a dog, and a cat. When I’m not developing interactive products for business or pleasure, I am usually playing soccer or video games, drumming, biking, or going on hikes with my family. I am an avid traveler and have set a stretch goal of visiting all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in my lifetime. I also sometimes find the time to read articles and books about technology, design, science, and philosophy.