I am a real estate specialist, software developer, startup founder, writer, and martial artist. An avid student of entrepreneurship and stoic philosophy. Nomadic, deep thinker, minimalist, curious, resourceful, and humble.
Real Estate Specialist
I studied Urban Land Economics and the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate at the University of British Columbia. That led to a career as an independent contractor in real property valuation, where I covered an aggregate of over $1.6 billion throughout the Lower Mainland. I built an Automated Valuation Model that aggregated and standardized sales data, automated comparable analysis, and predicted home prices. Prior to that, I had my hand in fix ‘n flips, land acquisition, and construction finishing.
After reading the Millionaire Fastlane, my curiosity led me to learning about web business. If you are in real estate long enough, you typically find your way into tech, as there is a slew of pain points across many facets. It was the right entry point to begin a journey of using technology to solve real-world problems. Building consumer facing websites is one of the greatest joys, to see people interact with something you built that positively impacts them.
I am self-taught in programming with humble roots in PHP and Codeigniter. This became an obsession that continues to evolve. From finding programmer happiness with Rails, to modern front-ends with React, spatially enabled databases like Postgres, and Python for machine learning. There is a lot of uncertainty in business, but the skills and knowledge that persist, and what you become in the process, are what I consider most important.
I keep a repository of my notes in a handbook on Github.
Founder of Resider, Inc.
Starting this company was the genesis of my life’s work. I am happiest when pursuing Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) with smart, driven people that share a common vision. I took a prototype I had been building from the ground up for months, into the Vancouver accelerator Launch Academy where I formed the team and company. Resider Inc. was federally incorporated in February 2013. The name originated from the desire to put the power of information into the homebuyer’s hands. It was a modern real estate search engine designed to remedy information asymmetry and provide transparency to the Canadian market.
Writing has been a constant throughout all of my endeavours. I have worked with writers through outsourcing, done copywriting for digital marketing in my own business, and guest posted on Spacing Vancouver and GeekEstate.
I write on this blog to document breakthroughs, learnings, life lessons or experiments that would benefit readers with evergreen content. It is a way to pay it forward to the community. Writing is an essential skill, particularly in this remote work environment, and is the medium I engage in the most. It has opened up many doors, and invited many a connection to others on a similar journey.
I started in traditional martial arts like Tae Kwon Do and Karate as a kid, then went on to learn Jeet Kune Do when I lived in Bermuda, which was more of a street self-defense system. That’s when my love for the art really took hold–combining the different styles of wing-chun kung fu, western boxing, and grappling. After I moved back to Vancouver, I trained in pankration, based on equal stand equal ground, which taught me the foundations of jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing.