Fred worked at Kickstarter from 2009 until 2016 focusing on data, research, and everything in between, eventually leading a team as their VP of Data.
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.