I'm a personable, outgoing, and intelligent guy with a lifelong devotion to reading and learning in just about every subject. As a teenager I developed an interest in computer technology which I've pursued ever since, working as a web designer and programmer and as the founder of a successful Internet-based company. I also spent years in the magazine publishing business, editing manuscripts and writing my own book reviews and articles.
I've never taught in a formal setting, but throughout my life I've always been the person people turn to for help and explanations (I still coach my old boss and friend through her computer problems), and I've assisted my home-schooling sister with her teaching of her kids.
I'm a graduate of Yale who started out majoring in computer science but switched to history midway through (because I wanted to get more out of the college experience than the computer science track seemed to allow). I lived and worked in New York City for twelve years, beginning in the publishing industry as a junior editor and moving into journalism at OMNI magazine, where I wrote and commissioned columns and feature articles until the magazine's demise in 1995. During these years I also wrote hundreds of book reviews and critical essays and launched a short-lived but critically-acclaimed literary magazine called Century.
After OMNI's collapse, I moved into the emerging Internet world, first in TV Guide's online division and then in Simon & Schuster's online division, before returning to OMNI when it was relaunched as an e-zine in 1997. When that incarnation of the magazine went under, my colleagues and I founded a web development company, and out of that grew a separate company which grew over the past decade into LiveVox, a successful provider of Internet-based call center applications. I left that company in 2011 to pursue other interests, such as writing a book.
I believe my varied experience, communication skills, patience, and wide-ranging knowledge make me an excellent teacher who can help with any number of different problems and goals.
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