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I'm a software engineer based in Boulder, Colorado. I used to work on Stripe Issuing. I built the Mountain Project spam detector, Select Star SQL, and Socratic Regression.

My formative experiences were at:

  • The Chinese High School, Singapore
  • Delta Wing, Officer Cadet School
  • The University of Chicago
  • Quora's data science team
  • The Recurse Center

The outdoors are a big part of my life. I love climbing!


In math, a morphism is a transformation that preserves the structure of a space. Likewise, a kaomorphism applies Kao's worldview while, at least in theory, preserving the fundamental truths of the world. A kaomorphism could also refer to the Kao - Eric Morphis friendship.