I love hard problems and I hate waiting around for others to solve them.
I am a serial entrepreneur, a Stanford dropout, a 3x published researcher, and a public speaker. I leverage my unique skillsets in entrepreneurship, politics, science, and tech to provide value to society.
Co-Founder, Co-CEO: Unum ID and Be Heard
September 2018 - present
Part-time: July 2016 - August 2018
Unum ID started out as the identity engine behind Be Heard. We pivoted and spun out Unum ID as its own product in 2018 to focus on identity across financial services and other industries.
Founded 2016. Crowdfunded 2017. Funded by angels and Stanford professors 2018. Funded by Samsung 2019. Funded by Draper and Franklin Templeton 2020.
Be Heard (formerly ePluribus)
OZY Genius Award 2017. Grand Prize Stanford Idea Competition 2017. Cardinal Ventures Alum. BASES Challenge Finalist 2018.
Fraudulent actors outnumber real Americans 19:1 online. Be Heard is the first and only platform that empowers Americans to contact their representatives as verified constituents, cutting through the noise of fake actors. Be Heard provides a suite of tools that make it insanely easy for users to send official messages to elected officials at all levels of government (federal, state, and local). This includes a mobile app (iOS/Android), an embeddable contact form, and even a Chrome extension. Be Heard has been featured in a number of major outlets including the Skimm, Fast Company, and Lifehacker. For even more about Be Heard, see https://weshouldbeheard.org/
#Outliers Batch 1. TechCrunch Top Pick 2019. BlockTank LA Finalist 2019. Samsung NEXT 2019. EvoNexus, Plug and Play, and Draper Associates portfolio 2020.
Data breaches impacted 1 billion people in 2018, costing businesses as much as $3 trillion. Unum ID is a mobile SDK and SaaS that leverages blockchain technology to put users in complete control of their personal information. This drops verification costs by 10x while vastly increasing privacy and security. There is literally no database to hack, as all information is stored on the user's phone. No more data breaches. No more mass identity theft.
The first application of Unum ID is in Be Heard products to secure our democracy against bots and meddling. In the long term, Unum ID will be a single identity for everything. Whether you are signing in at the doctor's office, setting up a bank account, or messaging your mayor, you should be using Unum ID. For more, see www.UnumID.org.
Teaching Assistant: Stanford Hacking4Defense
October 2018 - May 2019
Hacking4Defense is highly selective program at Stanford bringing rapid innovation to US warfighters. It is facilitated by all-star cast of Steve Blank, Steve Weinstein, Pete Newell, and Tom Bedecarre. The program connects teams of students with a DoD sponsor and pushes them to leverage the Lean Startup methodology to solve some of the toughest AI, energy, and cybersecurity problems, culminating in a final presentation in front of defense, academia, and the private sector leaders.. I worked directly with the teaching team to guide the students throughout the program.
Through the program, I occasionally help advise lawmakers on policy around national security and defense innovation.
Director: SENSA Labs
September 2016 - June 2018
SENSA Labs is Stanford’s premier social entrepreneurship incubator. It is an intensive 10-week program that connects early-stage social ventures with mentorship from top entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley. and investors to drive rapid growth. I ran the incubator program for two years, helping companies such as DoNotPay and ArtsUp to scale quickly while producing social benefit.
Research Assistant: Tessier-Lavigne Lab
Winter 2017 - Spring 2018
I worked under Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the President of Stanford. I work closely with Jianjin Shi, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab, studying mechanisms underlying Wallerian degeneration, the canonical form of axon degeneration.
Research Assistant: Zarelab (Stanford University)
Spring 2016 - Summer 2016
I worked under Dr. Richard N. Zare, Chair of the Chemistry Department at Stanford University, sponsored by a Stanford Bio-X summer research grant. I worked with Devleena Samanta, a PhD Candidate in the Zarelab, to develop electroresponsive polypyrrole nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery. See my poster here. See the paper here.
Gordon Lab (Stanford University)
Fall 2015 - Summer 2016
I worked under Dr. Deborah Gordon, investigating ant locomotion. I worked on a variety of projects for the lab, including assisting with a KQED Deep Look segment and a paper on foraging behavior of the invasive Argentine ant. See the paper here.
Advanced Teaching Platform
I co-founded and worked full-time on a company called ATP (Advanced Teaching Platform). Our mission was to completely reimagine basic education and using a novel software platform to provide a comprehensive program that is fully compatible in the existing school system. The project is currently on hold.
Seasoned public speaker
20 Open Gov Leaders You Need to Know (StateScoop)
Won 2017 OZY Genius Award ($10,000 prize)
Stanford Hacking4Defense TA 2019
ePluribus and Unum ID
Cardinal Ventures Incubator Program
Silver Medalist in 2017 App Idea Awards
2017 BASES Challenge Finalist
Successful Indiegogo Campaign
#Outliers Accelerator 2019 Cohort
Samsung NEXT portfolio company
TechCrunch Top Pick for Disrupt SF 2019
Top 25 in Stanford Class of '19 with a 4.2 Cumulative GPA (see transcript)
Psych 1 Scholar Award
Stanford Bio-X Grant Recipient
2017 Bing Overseas Study Seminar in Palau
Studied abroad at Oxford 2017
Stanford Hacking4Defense Cohort 2018
Elected Dorm President
Head of Stanford SSI Biology Finance 2016-2017
Science in Service Mentor 2016
Presented at 2017 Stanford Research Conference
Only undergrad in Stanford iFarm 2016
National Merit Scholar
Five Star Distinguished Scholar
Wisconsin Leader of Tomorrow
Cum Laude Society
Princeton Book Award
National AP Scholar (5 on all 9 exams)
Presidential Scholar Semifinalist
Excellence in Physics Award
Mock Trial Top Attorney in State
Mock Trial Regional Champions (3)
Mock Trial Team Top 5 in State (3)
Mock Trial Varsity Captain
Golf 1st Team All-Conference (2)
Golf Team Conference Championship (3)
Golf Team Regional Championship (3)
Wisconsin Math League Individual 2nd Place
Stanford University: B.S. Candidate in Biochemistry and Biophysics
Class of 2019, dropped out Sept 2018
I was both Pre-Med and a B.S. Candidate in Biochemistry, and maintained a 4.2 GPA -- top 25 in Class of '19. See my transcript. I dropped out of Stanford after my Junior year to pursue ePluribus and Unum ID.
In addition to Biochemistry, significant coursework in:
Dorm President (elected by 250 peers)
Only undergrad in the Stanford iFarm program, helping the Office of Technology Licensing improve the commercialization of their inventions
Officer: Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association
Research on Coral Reef Conservation in Palau
Magdalen College: Oxford University
I attended Magdalen College for one term. I studied computational neuroscience, learning to model the brain at multiple levels of abstraction. Understanding the computational structure of the mind has both inspired and been inspired by developments in AI and ML and carries numerous applications in modern tech platforms.
Brookfield Academy High School
2011 - 2015
Brookfield Academy is a in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
- ACT: 36 (of 36)
SAT: 2360 (of 2400)
Selected awards and activities:
- Valedictorian (4.0 out of 4.0)
Mock Trial Best Attorney in State
Founder of Aidan McCarty Photography
National Merit Award
Foraging behavior and locomotion of the invasive Argentine ant from winter aggregations
August 9, 2018
Describing the patterns of behavior and Circadian patterns in invasive Argentine ants. This research carries a number of surprising connections to blockchain and distributed computing systems. Also see the KQED “Deep Look” on our research.
Ultra-low voltage triggered release of an anti-cancer drug from polypyrrole nanoparticles
May 7, 2018
Describing a novel drug delivery system using polypyrrole nanoparticles for targeted release. This paper details my finding of a synthesis method allowing for release under 10x lower voltages than previously reported.
Changes in US Biosecurity Following the 2001 Anthrax Attacks
June 25, 2018
Describing the changes in US biosecurity policy following the 2001 attacks. These policies were wasteful, misguided, and set the US up for poor biodefense in the coming decades.
Trump Donald Super PAC
Built a platform to let people donate 2c or more to defeat Trump every time @realDonaldTrump gave his "two cents" on Twitter. We were proud to raise more money to defeat Donald than he paid in annual taxes in 2019. The Super PAC is filed as "TJD Super PAC" with the FEC.
For more information, please see: www.trumpdonald.us
2020 NBA Draft Scouting Report
I'm a 145 lb. 5' 10" point guard with a 6' 2" wingspan. I was passed over in the NBA Draft in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 but thought 2020 might be my year.
Am I good at basketball? Not really. Am I good at video editing? Sort of. If you put them together, is it entertaining? See for yourself.