10 Questions with the Chief Geek

TechBoise.com interviewed me a couple days ago. The interview is now up on their blog. It covers some personal background and local Boise entrpreneurial topics. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Whats your passion?

Can I have more than one?
One passion I have is running marathons. I got into marathon running five years ago when my sister invited me to run a marathon with her in celebration of her 30th birthday (neither one of us had ever run anything like that before). Since then Ive done at least a couple marathons every year, with a high of five marathons in 2005. Running is a great way to relieve stress and it pits me against me, which is a competition I always hate to lose! I didnt consider myself a hard core runner until one day we went on our usual early morning run when it was 15 degrees and snowing!

Another passion I have is finding elegant solutions to complex problems. I remember in high school Physics class we had a contest to create a machine that would run the longest (perpetual motion). I had this crazy idea of levitating a device using magnets inside a vacuum. Needless to say I didnt even get my device to work, while my best friend simply put a massive weight on the end of a string and created a pendulum that ran for hours. That day my teacher taught me the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle, which has guided me ever since 🙂