We’ve been lucky to add more great new folks to the Wordnik office lately — Jim, Aaron, and Thomas!
Jim has worked in the software industry for more than 10 years. As his interests shifted from artificial intelligence/machine learning to programming methodology, he moved from the campus to Silicon Valley, and has been coding in C/C++ and Java for web applications. Recently he’s been interested in and working in Scala and PHP.
Jim came to Wordnik from Reputation.com, where he was the engineering manager of the platform team (and where he worked with Wordnik’s Tiger Lan). Before that he worked for both big companies (including Visa, Shutterfly, Ebay and Peoplesoft) and for web startups.
Jim holds a Ph.D degree in CS from Tsinghua University, and a Master’s in CS from Oregon State University.
Outside work, Jim likes to run and hike, and has finished 4 full marathons, 2 Rim2Rim races, Mt Whitney, and C2C. His new challenges include qualifying for the Boston Marathon, R3, and Kilimanjaro.
Aaron likes to creates silly things like a punching bag that controls music playback or a mobile application to find nearby graffiti. In a perverse mood one day he wrote some bad advice for front end developers at howtomakebrowserscry.wordpress.com. In the past he has been paid to build websites or native applications by Electronic Arts, Yahoo, and IGN and may be found kiteboarding in the bay when not behind the keyboard.
Thomas joined us part-time last year and has been full-time as a Product Manager now for quite a while … so much so that it’s hard to remember a time when he wasn’t on the team! Thomas is a Ph.D/J.D. candidate at Stanford University, where he was the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the Stanford Law Review. When he’s not wrangling the intersection of product and engineering, he likes to make delicious gluten-free baked goods, temper some high-quality chocolate, goof off with his adorable sons, or indulge in his hobby, competitive Esperanto Haiku Yodeling.