About me

Hi. I’m Tim. I’m on sabbatical in Kyoto, where I’m studying Japanese (because life isn’t hard enough, apparently), and decompressing from an eventful near-decade in San Francisco.

I’m a programmer, scientist and nerd. I was once a computational biologist, but I left behind research to become one of the first engineers at this goofy live video site where some dude strapped a camera to his head and broadcast his life. It was an inexplicably bad career decision. But as further proof that even astronomically unlikely events will happen given enough time, that startup eventually became Twitch. I can’t explain it either.

Later, I was an early engineer at Yelp, where I did what would eventually be called “data science”, but at the time was just “science”. After that, I created a few things of my own (Omniref.com, Vayable.com), because life is too short not to take a few chances. Those didn’t really work out, but not for lack of trying.

I enjoy cooking, coffee and a good onsen. I don’t think I’ll ever like natto.

You may contact me at tim@500errors.com

© 2017, Tim Robertson