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.
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.
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