Hi there! I’m Tom. I’m an expert in machine learning and large-scale data analysis. I have a BS from Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science and 10+ years of experience in the software industry.
I first worked at OkCupid, growing from a Software Engineering role to leading the technology team as OkCupid’s Chief Technology Officer. In my technical capacity, I redesigned OkCupid’s core matching algorithm and helped build its scalable infrastructure (see my talk on it here and this Narratively article). In my leadership capacity I focused on servant leadership, creating a culture of trust & ownership, and making great hires while encouraging diversity. I’m especially proud of OkCupid’s advocacy and vocal support for gay, trans, and minority groups.
I then dove back into my passion for machine learning and took on a Data Science role at Evidation Health. I did Research and worked on improving healthcare through better targeting of treatments and understanding of patient health.
I’m currently the VP of Engineering at the Stellar Development Foundation, where I spend most of my time helping the amazing people there be as happy and effective as possible. SDF is working to bring about a more inclusive and open future for the financial system, and I’m honored to play a role in that.
On the side I do angel investing, work on projects, collaborate with the amazing startup community here in Santa Barbara, and do what I can to contribute to important problems for humanity such as human longevity.
Outside of work, I love going outdoors to hike, bike, run, and practice acroyoga or heading to a local coffee shop to learn more about our world through Coursera, TED Talks, and research papers.