I am at heart a technologist and autodidactic. I enjoy mentoring and leading others, programming computers, designing systems and solutions and scaling companies.
I was born in Florida but grew up in North Carolina (Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Boone). My father was born in New Bern, NC and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill pre-med in 1946 receiving his Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College and specializing in OB/GYN surgery. He later retraining for ACLS ER work and left OB/GYN for Emergency Surgery.
My mother, Nancy Alice Nassef, was born in Keller, TX and trained as an architect and real estate agent. Having traced and proved her lineage from the Massachusetts Bay Colony through the American Revolution, I was admitted to the Sons of the American Revolution in 2014. There is also some evidence that she descended from George Washington's grandfather, but this is harder to know for sure.
I have been using a keyboard since I was 9 years old and some say I am the fastest typist they've ever seen. I am lucky to only need a few hours of sleep each night. My specialty is creating mobile and cloud-based consumer-facing systems. I also possess the experience to implement solid process, project management, QA automation, and an organizational structure which scales.
My interests in computers started at a very early age, deepened at companies like American Airlines, SABRE, HotJobs.com, Biztravel.com and startups like Namely, ValetNoir.com and Latest Edge. I was fortunate to be able to hire, lead, mentor and be a member of many amazing teams. I learned contract management, negotiation, budgeting, cost controls, and systems architecture from some of the best minds in computers at all stages of my career.
While creating several companies with friends and former coworkers, I focused on perfecting my hands-on skills in open source technologies, cloud, scaleable web, mobile development and big data collection.
My current projects include creating mobile applications for consumer entertainment, building robust cloud infrastructure for others, and technology consulting. I recently finished and launch BrickSmart - The App That knows what your old lego bricks can build. www.bricksmart.io
I am just starting to setup my webpages for my (future) charity at George Nassef dot org which will combat cyberbullying.
My hobbies include medical research, travel, hiking, and programming. I am also fortunate to have been able to learn to fly helicopters in the couple of years before my son was born--something that I would like to eventually continue. I continue to maintain my certifications but rarely have time to enjoy it.