As a kid, David Goldfarb hated writing book reports and essays. He claims that he chose MIT to avoid the term papers inflicted upon students at other universities. Despite this, David somehow became a reviewer for Computing Reviews shortly after graduating, and has written more than 30 reviews. When asked why, he can only mumble something about it being a great opportunity to read more books.
Between reviewing stints, David is a software practitioner, consultant, and founder of several startups: Vringo, 2AM Development, and Degel Software. David’s specialty is “zero-to-sixty acceleration”: helping organizations learn and implement technologies to turn great ideas into products. He identifies new technical direction and helps early adopters to exploit these technologies. Over the years, these have ranged from Lisp and artificial intelligence, to multimedia and Windows, to mobile computing and Internet applications, to biotechnology. (Currently, he is exploring tools to help manage the flood of media content constantly arriving on our doorsteps and inboxes.)
David was a bit too young to ever use punch cards or slide rules for serious work and probably will be too old to be involved in telepathy or brain uploads; however, he is pleased to have helped develop and exploit so many of the intervening technologies. He looks forward to many years of continuing to use and learn new software tricks and, yes, even to writing more book reports—ahem, I mean reviews—for Computing Reviews.