Fred was Kickstarter's second employee and worked there from 2009 until 2016 focusing on data, engineering, research, and everything in between. In 2015 he became their VP of Data, managing a team of data scientists and analysts developing and deploying online machine learning classifiers, recommendation engines, and analytics infrastructure.
He spends most of his time in open source data-focused programming languages (R, SQL, Python), but has worked at each layer of the stack.
He's currently taking on part time consulting work advising small teams on best practices for machine learning and data projects.
Before joining Kickstarter, he worked as Creative Commons’ representative in NYC, and taught at ITP, where he graduated in 2008.
In 2010 Fred published Emoji Dick, a emoji translation of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. In 2013, the book became the first emoji book acquired by the Library of Congress. He is also the author of "How to Speak Emoji" published by Ebury Press, a Penguin / Randomhouse UK imprint.
He studied philosophy and computer science in undergrad, and was influential in the students for free culture movement, a copyright reform organization.
He’s an occasional contributor to Wired Magazine on topics that interest him.
Why Graphics Cards are Hacking the Future – 2016
Humanity UX – 2016
On the next 2,271 days – 2016
Websafe 2k16 – 2016
This is the story of analytics at Kickstarter Kickstarter – 2016
Lunch Roulette Kickstarter – 2014
Creator Video Analytics Kickstarter – 2012
The Year of the Game Kickstarter – 2012
Blockbuster Effects Kickstarter – 2012
Shortening the Maximum Project Length Kickstarter – 2011
The New Creator Dashboard Kickstarter – 2011
Soul-Crushing Realism Is a Videogame Hit WIRED Magazine, 2011
Hidden Treasure: Lost Photos From the Set of American Graffiti WIRED Magazine, 2011
Trends in Pricing and Duration Kickstarter – 2010
SQL Styleguide – 2016
virgil.dog / source – 2015
Kumquat a reporting tool for rendering RMarkdown files inside Rails – 2015
Lunch Roulette is a command line tool for generating diverse lunch groups from a list of staff – 2014
Cause Caller an empirical test of participatory democracy // ITP Thesis – 2008
The Ringer Tech Podcast with Molly McHugh – 2016
Slack Variety Pack Episode 28 – 2016
How to Speak Emoji Chicago Humanities Festival – 2016
MoMA R&D Salon 11 Unfair/Fair - Copyrights and Us – 2014
I Have No Words: Emoji and the New Visual Vernacular Eyebeam – 2014
Skynet via the Darknet: How We're Unwittingly Training the Next Gen of Strong AI Ignite – 2012
A Startup's First Dataist DataGotham – 2012
Crowdsourcing: Innovation and/or Exploitation? SXSW – 2011
Can you Copyright a Tweet? SXSW – 2010
Interview on "mathwashing" – 2016
Interview with Popular Science – 2015
Meet the guy trying to turn emoji into a legitimate, usable language – 2015
NPR Marketplace – 2015
WNYC – 2014
Interview with The Guardian – 2013
Emoji Translation of Moby-Dick Accepted Into Library of Congress TIME Magazine – 2013
The New Yorker's 'Eustace Tilley' Made With iPhone Emoji Icons ABC News – 2012
Revenge of the Cyberpunks – 2010
Graduate Student and Halloween Enthusiast Gothamist – 2006
Code Warriors Village Voice – 2006