Carl Tashian

San Francisco, California

About Me

I love the moments when simple technology creates a feeling of wonder. I believe all programming is a creative and aesthetic process, and all software mirrors its originating culture and environment. I've spent 20 years as a software engineer and designer, leading teams and building technology that brings people together.

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  • I'm a Nerd Coach. I help engineers, engineering managers, and startup founders grow as leaders
  • I am an Entrepreneur in Residence at Singularity University
  • Mindfulness for Nerds → an 8-week course on focus and flow
  • I write about technology and leadership on Medium
  • I volunteer at Dynamicland, a communal computer

Work History

  • Yerdle co-founder. Built and led Yerdle's engineering team
  • PPF director of technology. Helped create and
  • Zipcar founding team. Wrote the code that opens your Zipcar
  • OurGoods co-founder. A bartering network for creative professionals
  • Software projects for The American Museum of Natural History, ITP@NYU, and others
  • Mentor at Code for America, Singularity U, and CCA Design Strategy MBA

Selected Writing