I started writing software in 1984 on a TI-99/4A at eleven. I learned by copying code for games like Snakes from programmer magazines I borrowed from my friends or photocopied at the library. Although I've delved into lots of other areas since then, programming has been a part of my life ever since and my professional work spans multiple industries including manufacturing, government, telecommunications and finance. One of the coolest bits of code I ever wrote was used by Bell Helicopter to automate the detailed design of composite helicopter parts - it was really awesome to write software and then watch it help build a helicopter.
I learned Ruby on Rails so that I could solve a problem - running a Boy Scout troop. In 2008 I launched TroopTrack.com, a web-based SaaS product for managing scouting organizations.
I am currently an associate partner at DeveloperTown, a venture development firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses. Some of the products I've helped launch are authorlearningcenter.com, adproval.com, and localstake.com.