I'm a self-taught software engineer & tech entrepreneur, with a passion for architecting scalable, performant and highly available software solutions to service all functional areas of a business.
I'm currently CTO of Balfour Group, a technology investment group with a diverse set of ventures, ranging from online education to digital currencies.
Things I Love
A few random tech things which keep me ticking.
- PHP 😬 (the good, the bad, and the ugly)
- Kubernetes and Docker are bae ❤️
- Google Cloud
- Open Source
- Slack 💬
- Hacker News
- Linux 💻
- Laravel Framework 💪
- /r/php, /r/node, /r/webdev, and /r/programming
- Apple 🍎
My Life in 8 Pics
I may be a complete tech addict and spend most of my life behind my Mac, but I enjoy many things outside the digital realm too. 😎
This was taken on the way up Lion's Head in Cape Town, South Africa. I love the outdoors and hiking, and I participate in a few meetup.com adventure groups.
I'm an only child and come from a very small family, so my parents (and dog) really do mean the world to me. I'm grateful to have such a close, honest, and open relationship with them.
Milo is our chubby pavement special, a mixed breed Jack Russell Terrier/Poodle. He was my boy before I moved out of home, but he now lives with his mom and dad.
I'm not a huge adrenaline junkie (you won't see me bungee jumping), but I'm always up for an adventure, trying new things, and being a tourist is my own city.
I've recently taken up drawing on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. I'm completely amateur, but I find it somewhat therapeutic and calming. This is a sketch of myself with my late gran.
I pretty much live to eat and will eat most things. This was an all you can eat (+-R40) vegetarian Thali platter we had in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
I live an active lifestyle and am big into running, training, and amateur boxing with my trainer. I’ve yet to run a half-marathon, let alone a full marathon, but it's certainly a goal of mine for 2018/2019.
I love travelling and have a reputation amongst my friends for my overly-detailed itineraries. There's so much of the world I’ve yet to explore, but I have been fortunate enough to visit 🇳🇦🇮🇳🇮🇱🇹🇭🇰🇭🇬🇧🇶🇦.
I haven't always been big into reading, but developed a passion for it a few years back after I bought a Kindle. I'm into non-fiction literature - anything in the tech, business, spirituality, and biography genres.
- The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise by David Kushner
- The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone
- American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
- Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
- Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
- Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
- American Kingpin: Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web by Nick Bilton
- Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry by Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff<
- The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life by Robin Sharma
- Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
- Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs by Gina Keating
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
- Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz
- Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Blake Masters
- Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton
- Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine by Antonio Garcia Martinez
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
- The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
- The Facebook Effect: The Real Inside Story of Mark Zuckerberg and the World's Fastest Growing Company by David Kirkpatrick
- In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy
- Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston
- The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone