Hello there! My name is Jake, and I'm an engineer living in Seattle, Washington. I am incredibly passionate about technology, business, and helping others. I created my first LLC when I was 13 years old, and later founded a non-profit at 16.
Besides working as an engineer at Amazon Web Services, I dedicate myself to running my non-profit, the Information Exploration Foundation. By developing and providing freely accessible networks and software, thousands of users worldwide — including those in China, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia — are able to circumvent the repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring and restricting their fundamental right to access the open internet.
Additionally, I volunteer and contribute to open-source and community projects like Cyberduck and Keybase, as well as the Tor Project, for which I operate several network relays — a few of which are among the top in the world by consensus weight and bandwidth history.
I was a Google Glass Explorer, and have developed several applications for the Glass platform. My work with Glass has ranged from creating apps assisting the deaf and hearing-impaired, to creating systems for the US Military.
The ever-expanding list of things I’ve created, worked on, and published includes, among others: multiple iOS apps, an Android app, many Google Glass apps, some Google Chrome extensions, a few macOS applications, an encrypted video chat network, a collaborative studying app, a custom teleconferencing system, a plethora of chat bots, several IoT device integrations, and a chess-playing AI.
My hobbies are always changing and evolving, but it's safe to say that many of them tend to involve voiding warranties. In the increasingly rare moments I'm not busy working on something technological, I enjoy spending my time reading, running, and swimming. I have immense love for photography, perhaps my only creative outlet aside from my (poor) attempts at writing. Snowboarding, learning French, and playing the violin are amongst the many other activities that have captivated my curiosity.