Hi! My name is Jake Murzy. I am based in San Francisco, but I frequently travel on the East Coast and around the globe.
I spent 15 years of my career as a multidisciplinary tech entrepreneur, building and leading tech startups. I possess an inner drive — obsession is probably the right word — to learn, reach higher, and be better. My most impactful learnings emerged from my failed experiments.
I enjoy twisting problems around in my head until I come up with a solution. This process typically involves a rabbit-hole-styled personalized learning, and I believe it's the reason my early quest has inevitably turned toward a general interest in technology and startups.
I picked up coding at a young age. What began as curiosity about computers quickly turned into a passion. In software, to abstract a problem correctly, you must approach it from first principles. This allows you to eliminate existing biases and preconceived notions, reducing the number of failed observations and enabling you to produce a robust solution. As it turns out, this mindset is also applicable to other distinct aspects of building a startup, from ideation and shipping to scaling.
I'm a huge proponent of functional programming paradigms and reactive design patterns, taking a pragmatic approach to understanding the flow of data.
Although I've come to realize that a significant portion of my time is better spent empowering my team and asking them probing questions to enhance their efficiency and productivity, coding still remains an indispensable part of my day-to-day activities.
I am currently working on Committer. We are building AI-in-the-loop infrastructure for pay-per-commit software development. I am looking to bring on a cofounder to our team. So if you know anyone who'd be a good fit, please let me know.
I like creating great products with great people. I am very passionate about transforming ideas from paper and the mind into strategically sound functional products. As a stakeholder, I take frequent pauses throughout the day to reflect on my actions to stay resourceful and steer clear of roadblocks. As with most other things, small steps upwards make a compound difference in how great products are built.
I'm not by any means a designer by trade, but I have always had a good eye for gratifying design and detail, and a passion for creating high fidelity mockups. I also consume more design content than I probably should have and my work is inspired by and shamelessly borrow elements from creatives that share their artistic process.
try to hold two opposing viewpoints at the same time. So most of the noise I put into writing reads like academic-speak. This does not mean I’m confused. It just means I have a divergence, hopefully temporary, in my mind map and I’m on a discovery path to reach a stronger node with a sounder argument.
I love mentoring others in their own journey towards self discovery and I am always seeking out opportunities to adopt new mentors for my own personal learning—which is the best way to cut your time to success by a competitively substantial amount. I tend to overcommunicate the obvious as I found that it is one trait shared by most great mentors.
I occasionally invest in startups where I believe the business has the potential to become a category king. I'm expecting to do 1-3 small check investments (seed and pre-seed deals) this year.
Outside of work, I spent a big slice of my time dreaming about a lengthy getaway to my favorite island Ko Yao Yai and planning trips to other remote places to partake in new cultural experiences.
I enjoy all outdoor activities but there’s nothing like finishing a tough work week, then gliding over hard-packed snow and feeling the stress melt away. I normally snowboard but this year started skiing too. Very recently, my winter withdrawals also reignited my interest in surfing to help with the imbalance.
I'm married to the fabulously adorable Julia Murzy. She is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix. Aside from all the “chores”, traveling and shredding we do together, Julia and I try to work on side projects in the time remaining when her schedule is at peace with mine. Our latest two projects are NDAify and Slope Ninja.