Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Hi friends, here’s a quick overview of what I was up to this year.

The most important thing that happened this year

On a sunny day in August 2017, literally the smartest and most beautiful person I know and I embarked on a beautiful trail run on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin that ended on top of a mountain. Once we got to the summit, I asked her to marry me. She said yes!!!

The best books I read in 2017

Last year I measured my reading progress in number of books read. I don’t like that incentive structure, so this year I’ll share my top books with you.

The two best fiction books I read were A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

The two non-fiction books I liked the most were Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat and Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao.

The best tech book I read in 2017 was The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille Fournier.

My first year as a Code2040 mentor

Code2040 is an organization dedicated to making tech fair for Black and Latinx people when white people will no longer make up the majority of citizens in the U.S. by 2040.

I became involved with this program as a mentor this year and had the absolute privilege of being paired with an extremely smart guy by the name of Modou (whose career is already a rocket ship, so I’m still not sure how I can really be of help).

Modou and I in front of the Bay Bridge.

Even though the program was for summer 2017 and formally ended in August, we still meet weekly for interview prep.


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