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February 09 2014

Hmm, it's been a while since I've posted anything. Sorry about that. Here's a brief overview of what I've been up to for the past several months.

Last Summer

I interned on the Ads Product Infrastructure team at Facebook, and I mostly did things that were only tangentially related to my team's charter. I still can't talk about what I spent most of the summer working on, since it hasn't launched yet, but I had a good time and got to meet a bunch of cool people.

I had a good time living in the Bay Area. It was good to get to know more of the ex-CMU people there that I only knew as friends-of-friends beforehand. Since it's currently about 20 degrees (F!) in Pittsburgh, I really can't wait to move there full time. I know you're getting rain, but I'm fine with that; I'm from Seattle.

Last Fall

I took many classes and interviewed with many companies. My schedule:

  • Algorithm Design and Analysis: our advanced algo course
  • The Beatles: it's a class on the history of The Beatles. It was good.
  • Brumley's crypto/security class. Highly recommend this. One of my favorite classes ever.
  • Machine Learning (601): neither of the professors were very good, but I am now able to understand articles on ML on the internet, which is good.
  • A project class where I built a windfarm "data visualizer" with four other people. I am not a fan of all of the design choices that were made, but I got to learn Ember.js and that was good. I'll probably throw the code up on GitHub at some point.

I won't list all the compaines that I interviewed with, but I had a great time meeting everyone, even if my travel schedule was crazy. (During one three-week period, I spent two weeks in SF and one week in Pittsburgh.) Instead, I'll just say that I've accepted a full time offer from:


You can check them out at heapanalytics.com. They're a YC W13 alumn, and I'm the fourth employee. I really like the three other people working there and I can't believe that nobody else has made the product before, since it made such intuitive sense to me. I was really excited when I got my offer, and I've already started working part time while I finish up this semester.

This Semester

(Speaking of which...) I'm only taking three classes: OS, TechComm, and an independent study where I'm building a quantified-self-over-SMS app. I considered taking more, but there weren't any courses I found compelling and I was excited to get started working for Heap.

I'm going to try to find some more time to write a few blog posts about ember and my adventures working on my SMS app. This is my first time writing a node app from the ground up, so it's been an interesting learning experience.

I'm shocked that you made it through all of that! I wish you a happy and productive 2014. <3, Drew

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Drew writes code for fun and (sometimes) profit. He's currently studying Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has previously worked at Facebook, Amazon, and a startup called Intersect.