Hello, I’m Jim. I’m a hacker that co-wrote a book that received a lot of media attention.
After graduating Harvard with an English degree, I moved to the bay area to intern at McSweeney’s/The Believer, while working part-time for a startup called MediaUnbound that some WHRB friends had started a few years earlier. After a rewarding yet unpaid year and a half at McSweeney’s, I moved to full time at MediaUnbound and entered the startup world of being a programmer/product manager/project manager/client services rep/pizza orderer, in the field of music recommendation and personalization technology. After five years of that, MediaUnbound was acquired by Rovi Corporation, and we expanded to do movie/tv recommendations and search, learned what it was like to be a division of a mid-sized company, I became something called a “Technical Program Manager,” then officially a “Senior Software Engineer,” then “I left to go on a 10 week roadtrip, write a bit about it, then move to LA to figure out what to do next.”
I sung in a band called Every Generation. We were a short-lived Revolution Summer-style hardcore band, with cross-over members of Foreign Objects, Conversions, Vile Bodies, Crucial Unit, and all the other bands Strunk has been in.