About

Hey, thanks for visiting. My name is Philip and I do a few things well, mostly around software development. I run a software consultancy called Made Up Name (yes, that’s our real name) that works far more transparently and ethically than just about any company I’ve seen or worked with (and I’ve worked with many good ones). I have a lot of success running smaller teams running doing harder things and saving customers money. My record for that is about half a million on a three month project. I also do some packaged high-ROI engagements and limited recruiting. Want to know more? Just ask.

My bio is below, and there a lot of writing on this site. But I have a couple articles I spent weeks researching and will radically alter how you see the world.

If you are considering going to college, or have a kid in high school, I wrote how you’re probably going to waste $200K on your education. But also, how not to waste that money.

If you’re curious about how America will radically change over the next 5-10 years, I wrote about the rise of the robot chauffeurs. Or as most call them, autonomous vehicles. I spent weeks researching it, and can’t tell you how many times my mind was blown.

If you’re a developer, I wrote a career course. It breaks down how the whole industry works and explains exactly how to change what you are doing to become happier and wealthier. That sounds like a pitch for something that costs money, and someday it might, but not today. I benefit because one of the things I do well is recruiting, and if you’re more marketable, I have an easier time placing you at a higher rate.

I also give talks on careers and programmer productivity, if you need a speaker for your conference. Reviews have all been positive.

While I’m changing how you see the world, here are three documentaries that have done that for me:

Some background on yours truly:

  • I started programming at age 12 and since then have learned 15 different programming languages. I also picked up a degree in CS from RPI, where they taught us to pronounce COBOL with the same tone you’d use for Voldemort.
  • I’ve held just about every job in IT, most of the time as a lead or manager. I genuinely enjoy figuring out how to make software teams more efficient and projects more effective and less costly.
  • In 2013 I embarked on a ’round the world trip while working on a startup to provide BI and analytics dashboards for internet retailers. I now focus on custom software development (or telling people why they don’t need it).

I am what Malcolm Gladwell calls a super connector. After my trip, I made an effort to expand my network, and have since added about 200 people a year. I  have over a thousand connections, despite the fact that I don’t accept LinkedIn invites from people I don’t know. If you think I can help you we’re in the same city (usually LA), I’d love to grab a meal or coffee to discuss it with you, so contact me. More than once I’ve been able to solve a nagging business problem over lunch and I’m always happy to be of service.

You can find out more on LinkedIn.