Me in 10 Seconds

Hi, I'm Zack. I'm an entrepreneur and programmer from Indiana currently studying Philosophy at UC Berkeley. I'm an avid learner and builder and you can check out some of my projects here. I spend my free time reading, long distance running, meditating, playing guitar, and being outside.

Early History

For as long as 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 found an obscure book about modding video games at a local library. Knowing nothing about computer programming at that time I became fascinated by a world that I didn't understand. I quickly started teaching myself how to program with books and online blogs and before long I was building iOS apps for my friends and family in Objective-C. That led to my first job as an iOS programmer when I was a freshman in high school. The next year, thanks to the support of some amazing teachers, I started my first company PassWhiz - which went on to win the Indiana Innovation Award. Ever since my journey into technology and startups began 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