Hello 👋, I'm Linus.
I love working with students who are chasing deep, interesting problems with technology and design to make the world work better for everyone.
I'm a software developer and designer by trade, but work across venture capital, business, marketing, software engineering, and design to help grow students into founders, and new ideas to startups.
If you're curious about what I do day-to-day, start with this blog post, about communities, missions, and student entrepreneurs.
What I'm doing now
I'm a part of the Hack Club Bank team at Hack Club helping build the best tool in the world for anyone, but especially students, to take their ambitious ideas and transform them into action. You can read my thoughts and vision for Hack Club and Bank in this post.
I'm currently studying computer science at University of California Berkeley, and I also work on a lot of side projects.
I'm also ...
an Investment Partner on Dorm Room Fund's San Francisco team, connecting the best student startups in the Bay Area with fellow founders, investors, mentors, and seed funding.
a Director at Cal Hacks, UC Berkeley's hackathon and the largest collegiate hackathon in the world with over 2000 students and companies in attendance every year. I also lead the Cal Hacks Fellowship program, a 12-week idea accelerator for teams and projects from Cal Hacks in partnership with VCs and entrepreneurship organizations in the city.
an Instructor at UC Berkeley's React DeCal and a Teaching Assistant at Web Design DeCal, two student-run courses on Berkeley campus about the art and know-how of web design and development, covering the fundamentals of building engaging and maintainable interfaces on the web.
Hacking on a small, dynamic, interpreted programming language called Ink, fast, tiny virtual DOM-based UI library for web applications, called Torus, and a code annotation tool called Litterate. I also wrote a small helper library called Animated Value, which helps me build fluid geometry- and physics-based animations on the web.
Get in touch
I'm in lots of places, almost always as @thesephist, and I check most of these on at least a weekly basis.
- These days, I share most of my writing on Medium @thesephist.
- My more high-frequency thoughts are drip-fed to the rest of Internet on Twitter @thesephist.
- I really don't use Instagram (@thesephist) for anything important or notable, but I am there, if you want to connect there.
- I'm also on Facebook (thesephist), for whatever that counts.
- Lastly, if you're looking for my LinkedIn /thesephist, you can connect with me there, though I check it only once in a while.
If you'd like to reach out to me, please feel free to message or mention me on any of these platforms above. I'll try to get back to you in a reasonable timeframe. If you really must use email, you can also reach me at L7 [at] berkeley.edu.
What I've done so far
I don't really have a portfolio handy, but you can check out an informal, comprehensive list of my personal projects going back to 2013 on my archive of projects, with topics ranging from theoretical physics to music and design to writing, linguistics, software, startups, poetry, and teaching.
Before my time at Berkeley, I was also a member of The Anvil's executive team at Purdue University, helping run The Boiler startup accelerator and other events around student entrepreneurship on Purdue campus.
Between high school and undergrad, I worked as a software engineer at Spensa Technologies, an Indiana startup in precision agriculture acquired in 2018 by DTN, first as an intern then a full-time engineer. I worked on web / UI, performance, developer tools, and frontend infrastructure.
When I first came to Berkeley, I spent a year as a Community Manager at CatalistX, which runs BearX, a portal for entrepreneurs, students, and the Berkeley community around Cal's startup ecosystem.
I also served as the sole developer and graphic designer for TEDxPurdueU, a small team that organizes TEDx licensed events on Purdue University campus year-round.
What I'm doing next
Each year, I set 8-10 concrete goals to work towards. You can find my goals for 2019 here, on my Medium.
You can download a copy of my resume here. You can also check out a Markdown file of past experiences and skills, which contains the same information. My GitHub and Behance may also be useful.
- Linus 🚀