Aaron Smith
I am a programmer and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, New York. You can reach me by email at aaronsmith.dev@gmail.com.
Professional Journey
I have worked at businesses of all sizes, including several early stage startups, two of which exited. I sold my own company, Virtual Field, in early 2023.
My professional interests include deep learning, robotics, eVTOL, and VR software that enables better remote work.
Blog
I occasionally write on my blog, Euchomai, about technology, history, music, and books.
Current Work
This year I am traveling with my wife while advising part time. If you are interested in working together, please send me an email that includes information about your company, the role, and the number of hours per week.
Some of the things I have helped businesses with include:
  • Hiring, leading, and growing an engineering team.
  • Designing scalable and secure cloud architectures that don't break the bank.
  • Defining and refining an ambitious product roadmap.
  • Accelerating development cycles to actually achieve the roadmap.
  • Integrating engineering, design, and business reqs into a superior product.
  • Receiving medical (ISO 13485) and/or security (SOC II Type 2) certifications.
  • Navigating sensitive technical due diligence for a customer or acquirer.
Books
I enjoy reading in my spare time. Here is a list of books that I have recently finished, along with whether I strongly
, mildly
, or do not
recommend them.
July 2024
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Devastating yet hopeful, he captures the wounded heart of U.S. history in only 106 pages.
The Gulag Archipelago (Volume 1) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
A harrowing description of the Soviet justice system by a political prisoner who lived it.
June 2024
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Awful book. A two part blog post spread out over 304 pages. Don't waste your time.
May 2024
No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer
Both corrected and reinforced what I learned after five years of running a business.
Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind by Tom Holland
A convincing argument for Christianity's deep and abiding influence on modernity.
The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han by Mark Edward Lewis
Confusing due to a total lack of chronological organization or grounding. Good otherwise.
April 2024
Death's End by Liu Cixin
Awesome ideas about technology, alien civilizations, and the nature of humans in space.
The Iliad by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
An exciting translation of a timeless classic. It will always stay with me.
March 2024
The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin
Mind blowing ideas interspersed with a long, bizarre, love story. Still awesome!