Me in 10 Seconds

Hi, I'm Zack. I'm a founder and programmer from Indiana currently studying Philosophy at UC Berkeley. I'm an avid learner and builder and I try to keep this site updated with what I've been thinking about and working on. In my free time I enjoy long distance running, reading, spending time with friends, and being outside.

Early History

Ever since I can remember I've been fascinated by both books and technology. When I was 12 years old these two interests came together when I came across a book about modding video games at my local library. I quickly became fascinated and started teaching myself how to program with books and online blogs. That led to my first job as an iOS programmer when I was a freshman in high school and the next year, with the help and support of some awesome teachers, I started my first company PassWhiz. PassWhiz has gone on to win the Indiana Innovation Award and continues to grow. Ever since I began programming I dreamed of coming to the Bay Area to be in the midst of the entrepreneurs and companies I so admired and my acceptance at UC Berkeley gave me the chance to follow those dreams.

What I'm Doing Now

Since coming to Berkeley I've continued my interest in entrepreneurship working with a different startups (resume), investing in university entrepreneurs with Contrary Capital, and leading the Berkeley Kairos chapter. In school, I'm studying Philosophy and it's making me a better interdisciplinary thinker, writer, and problem solver. I'm interested in complex systems, technological disruption, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. I explore these ideas and more in conversations at the intersection of philosophy and technology on my podcast Re:thinking