I’m Alex Payne. I go by
al3x online. I’ve been writing here for many years, much longer than the trimmed-down archive covers.
I currently spend most of my time supporting organizations and campaigns that I care about. I serve as chair of the national Tech Committee for the Democratic Socialists of America and am a founding board member of Business For A Better Portland.
I was cofounder and CTO of Simple, an online bank. Before that I was one of the first employees at Twitter, where I started their developer platform team. I’ve written code for campaigns, nonprofits, unions, a defense/intelligence contractor, and a variety of open source projects. I coauthored Programming Scala (O’Reilly, 2009), started the Emerging Languages conference, presented at events around the world, and have taught at Recurse Center and Turing School. I’m also an investor in a number of businesses, primarily companies delivering measurable social and environmental impact and/or building infrastructural technology.
I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, Nicole Brodeur, two cats, an anxious pitbull, and a rotating cast of foster dogs. I like playing records for people and spending time in the beautiful State of Oregon.
Feel free to email me.
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