Jason had the good fortune of being introduced to Lisp by Gerry Sussman and Hal Abelson themselves while at MIT earning degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He then spent nearly a decade doing enterprise software development, mainly in C++ and Java, at startup companies around Silicon Valley. During this time he came to the conclusion that returning to Lisp would make writing software much more fun and productive.
Since 2003, Jason has enjoyed the privilege of being a professional Common Lisp developer at RavenPack in Marbella, Spain. Currently as CTO, Jason leads a team that has developed a system to read and analyze real-time news feeds and archives of historical news. The result is "News Analytics", machine-actionable facts and sentiment extracted from the news, provided as a data feed to global financial firms.
Jason is passionate about good software engineering practices and finds Lisp to be the ideal vehicle for taking concept to code. He still subscribes to the notion that "programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute."Back to the symposium programme...