Huzband. Father of 2 — Atlas & Axis. Deoxyribonucleic acid meta-programmer.
I got into computers because I wanted to learn how to hack. I must have watched the movie Hackers one too many times.
I started programming at age 12 using Visual Basic to build hacking tools targeted at AOL. I also wrote programming articles for diskmag warez magazine called Reality Check Network (RCN) under the nick veegee.
In High School (Monte Vista in Danville), my friends and I were able to gain a rootshell on our computer network by exploiting a vuln in perl. After making some mistakes covering my tracks and misconfiguring the network, I knew I would be busted.
I decided to turn myself into my high school computer teacher, Rosanne Krane. I will forever be grateful to her for showing me mercy in my punishment. Instead of getting kicked out of school (the school principal’s preference), I was made a formal system admin and became the TA for the AP computer science class. I also had to serve detention and pick up trash after football games.
This marked a turning point in my career. I vowed never to be a Black Hat and to only use my skills for good.
The Dream Job
My dream job out of school (Masters in CS from UCSB) was to join Apple. I was a long time linux user (gentoo was my preferred flavor), but I was attracted to the glow of the Apple halo effect after experiencing the iPod (like many others).
My first was job at Apple was OS X Leopard build engineer. This gig consisted of turning a number of software cranks to turn 1000+ software projects (xnu, kexts libSystem, UIKit, Safari, everything) into a complied OS stack ready for distribution. The build system runs 24x7 on a distributed build machine cluster.
Soon after we shipped Leopard, I joined the Core Build Technologies team to work on the build system itself - XBS (X build system). And soon after that, I was running and building the build system for iOS (2.0 on the iPhone 3G).
Looking back, that was an amazing moment in time. I clearly remember Steve on staging unveiling the iPhone. I’m very thankful to have seen such an iconic visionary - Steve Jobs - in action.
Working at Apple was a dream come true, but after having spent some time there, I started to have a new dream — to build a startup.
I got tired of building iOS and instead wanted to work as an independent developer using iOS frameworks directly. Tools like the iOS Simulator were mind blowing at the time.
I founded a series of startups with varying degrees of success and failure. Think Top Down to develop iOS games. Our first game — friend freak — turned the facebook social graph into an interactive quiz. It was featured on this “App Store turns 1” graphic.
We explored and developed a number of other apps.
Later I cofounded uApp to create a turn-key iOS mobile app generation system for specific verticals like music and online personalities.
After that, I decided to join Posterous (YC’08) and led the development of iOS and Android Apps. Posterous was acquired by Twitter in 2012.
At Twitter, I worked on a number of projects:
- Quality filtering for notifications
- Quality filter evaluation tooling and process to measure recision/recall
- Feature switching to enable master sandbox for mobile development at scale (50+ devs)
- Profiles refresh for Android
- Pinned Tweet on iOS
- Twitter Mirror and Vine 360 event apps
- Media forward Tweets
- Photo filters
- Tweet composer refresh
- Increase rate limits for verified accounts across the product
- Twitter Cards
- Twitter for Retina iPad
- Mobile accessibility
- Developer dashboards
- Streamlined mobile development workflows
- Mobile Device Lab
- And other stuff I can’t remember now
I’ve left Twitter at the end of 2015 - soon after my first son Atlas Huda was born to fully focus on Fatherhood and refresh my spirit.
I was severely burned out after a run at the startup game.
I spent my days reading books on the human biocomputer. I realized that I had spent so much time in the digital realm, that I hand’t invested enough time to learn more about my own biological hardware and software.
I’m a firm proponent of decentralization, privacy, and bringing money back into the hands of the people.
I’m working at Supermassive building cryptocurrency trading tools to help more people achieve financial independence.
I incorporate travel into my lifestyle. I’d like to see everything before I retire, rather than retire then go see the world.
I love camping and I’m a fan of tiny teardrop trailers.
So far I’ve experienced:
- Hawaii (Maui, Big Island. Kauai, Oahu)
- New York
- Montana, Idaho, Wyoming (heading here 2019!)
- Czech Republic
Many more experiences to go!