About Me

I'm a thinker, entrepreneur, designer and developer. I love open source technology, socially responsible business models and independent journalism. I work and play at the intersection of all these varying passions.

ENTP, cynical, sarcastic optimist. I like hard problems. And tattoos.

I was born in Scotland to English and Irish parents, grew up in The Philippines and my first language is Dutch. Most recently I lived in Egypt, but before that I lived and worked in Austria. I also speak German.

Confused? Me too.

Career

I studied contemporary music at university, which I thoroughly enjoyed right up until the point that I realised I was a terrible musician. From that point onwards, I started making websites to promote my friends' bands instead.

Over the course of a few years, I went from building websites for friends, to local businesses, to national businesses. Eventually I had carved out a niche designing and building blogs for major organisations like Microsoft, Nokia, Ubisoft, Virgin Atlantic, KLM, EasyJet, MTV, Visit Australia, Tourism Spain and countless others.

As I was growing my web design portfolio, I became very involved in core WordPress community. Eventually becoming the Deputy Head of the UI Group, helping to design and build the world's most popular content management system.

Ghost

After a few years of watching WordPress evolve from a small blogging platform into a full-blown CMS, I wondered what it might look like if it were redesigned from the ground up; purely for publishing. I wrote a blog post with my ideas for what that might look like.

The reception was incredible and, over the course of the next year, I raised $300,000 on Kickstarter with my best friend Hannah and to turn it into a real product.

Today, Ghost is one of the fastest growing open source projects in the world. We're a proud non-profit organisation, with a business model that complements everything we believe in.

We operate with full transparency. Here's a live dashboard of our revenue data.

Now

I'm back on the road again, hopping from place to place and exploring the world. I'm taking a lot of photos over on Instagram, and I've just started experimenting with a new vlog over on YouTube.

Want to chat? Get in touch.