About Me

Zack

Clearly I enjoy reading. In 2016 I read 40 books (plus my own book about 11 times), and have read 33 books so far this year, most recently:

  • Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get into ... and Out of by Blake Snyder
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told by Blake Snyder
  • The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
  • Mortal Syntax: 101 Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs--Even If You're Right by June Casagrande
  • Against A Dark Background by Iain M. Banks
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Transition by Iain M. Banks
  • The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture) by Iain M. Banks
  • Surface Detail (Culture) by Iain M. Banks

I also published my first Science Fiction novel! You can find out more on its website: SingularBook.com

Planning Center

I build products for Planning Center. The base of operations is in San Diego, but there are a bunch of us spread all over the place (I’m in sunny Seattle, WA). A fantastic group of people.

The City

Back in 2008, I founded and built a social network for churches called The City. It was acquired by Zondervan, a subsidiary of Harper Collins, a subsidiary of News Corporation.

Amazon.com

I did some really neat stuff at Amazon.com: competitive pricing, sales anomaly detection…stuff we would describe today as data science-like things. I’m quite proud of the team and technology I built there (we made a ton of money for AMZN, Jeff liked us, the team is now 10x the size as when I left), not so fond of the patents but they are at least descriptive:

Los Alamos National Lab

Way back in the day while a student at Cornell, I worked as an intern on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. I wrote a simple C++ program to model something about the neutral current detectors. It’s been too long that I honestly don’t remember, but the team at LANL was awesome and I learned a great deal about science and a bit about software. Thanks Pete and Andy!

Oh, and the chief scientist behind SNO jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015. Congratulations!

Planning Center
Developer

February 2012 – Present

The City
Founder

November 2008 – April 2011

Amazon
Various

November 1999 – January 2007

Los Alamos National Lab
Intern

Fall 1995, Summer 1996