Aug 2012, updated May 2020

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I’m Akshay Shah, and you’ve landed on my little patch of the web—mazel tov! As a brief introduction, I live in San Francisco, where I’m the cofounder of a small startup. If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can send me an email; I’m also on Twitter, LinkedIn, and GitHub.

The first thing you’ll notice is that I’m the kind of person who calls this page the colophon. What can I say? “About Me,” “Meet Akshay,” and “The Happy Homepage for Rainbow Ponies” are just so pedestrian. I like semicolons, parenthetical asides, fountain pens, and suede elbow patches, too. Look on the bright side: despite my snotty East-Coast education, I still don’t own a single pair of Madras shorts.

I’m easily excited—show me something intriguing, and I’ll happily spend weeks reading and experimenting. In the past, I’ve made fountain pen nibs and medieval iron-gall ink, roasted my own coffee beans and opened a small espresso shop, led a cross-country bicycle trip, and mistakenly concocted an underwater blasting compound. Thus far, all lost fingertips have been successfully reattached.

Professionally, I’ve been a public school teacher, an EMT, and a medical student. After finishing medical school in 2011, I moved to California and decided to pursue a career in software. If you’re interested, stay tuned for a post about leaving medicine for Silicon Valley.

Like the best software, this blog scratches a personal itch: I tend to scribble notes while I’m thinking, but I miss longer-form writing. If my notes can be polished into posts that other people find useful or entertaining, then I’ll be thrilled; if not, I’ll enjoy the process anyways. Plus, setting up the first version of this site was a fun technical project.