Hello, I’m Avand.

I am a full-stack software engineer, product designer, and part-time teacher. I’ve been working on the web for over a decade and am passionate about building great products.

Most recently, I worked at Mystery Science, transforming how elementary school teachers teach science. And since 2013, I’ve worked with General Assembly, teaching what I know about web development.

I was born in Boston, grew up in Salt Lake City, and spent many years living in Chicago. Now, I call San Francisco my home.

I’m an aspiring rock climber. I have a love affair with music and cars, especially vintage BMWs and Volkswagens. One day, I’ll buy a van and transform it into an offroad-capable camping rig.

But that’s enough about me. How can I help you?

The Greatest Hits

  • Jun 2016
    One man’s search for the perfect job

    As we wrapped up Sunday night dinner at my apartment, my neighbor remembered, “hey, it’s Pi Day tomorrow, we should head down to Pi Bar for a few slices to celebrate…

  • May 2016
    Your bookshelf, where books go to die

    I admire bookshelves stocked with books. They’re so inspiring. I stand in awe of this literal wall of knowledge. “Imagine if I knew all the information stored in all…

  • May 2016
    Nobody cares about your software updates

    Look, I get it. You practice agile development, iterate weekly, run tests automatically, and deploy continuously. You pride yourself on shipping changes quickly and how could…

  • May 2016

    Ever since I was 15, I wanted to be 30. Nobody listens to you when you’re a kid. You have no means and no experience so you’re doing everything for the first time. And unless…

  • Apr 2016
    Hypothesis-driven development

    I’ll bet that you can’t explain why you’re working on whatever it is you’re working on right now. Scary, right? Because we know that the why of what we’re doing is perhaps…

  • Nov 2013

    Startups move fast. They’re young, loud, and disruptive – a room full of excited twenty-somethings willing to burn the midnight oil to get a release out the door. Startups are enticing…

  • Nov 2012
    Play Strength, a Rdio Feature Concept

    Music can make or break a party. And picking good music to play is hard. I think it should be easy. Here, I take a closer look at creating a great setlist with Rdio. I start with…

  • Feb 2010
    School’s Out Forever

    Growing up, I was told that the most important ingredient for my future was an education. Do your homework, study hard and the road ahead will lead to a…

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