Hey, I’m AJ! 👋
My personal & professional interests lie at the intersection of (1) data science, (2) behavior change, and (3) human consciousness. What makes me come alive is using science to help people expand awareness and change behavior.
Currently, I’m running a mental healthcare startup called Aware Healthcare, where we’re on a mission to build the Thermometer for the Mind.
At Aware, we’re creating the highest-quality care experience in the world by equipping evidence-based providers with a modern data platform of patient-shared information. We help people get the care they deserve by addressing four of the greatest challenges in mental healthcare: finding a therapist, creating a plan, making progress, and achieving goals.
I started Aware Healthcare because I believe the greatest problem in mental healthcare is not stigma or access, but measurement. We’ve raised $1.5mm to date from over a dozen institutional and angel investors, and are based in San Francisco CA, with remote team members across the country.
We’re actively hiring, and you can find all of our open positions on our careers page here. Consider applying, and message me directly if any of the roles are a good fit for you or somebody you know. We’d love to hear from you.
Previously, I was the host of the Data Journeys Podcast, where it was my job to interview world-class Data Scientists about their learning journeys.
While hosting the show, I had the opportunity to speak with guests ranging from the US Military to Silicon Valley, from the top-ranks of academia to down-under in Australia, and in each conversation, the goal was to have them tell their story and explore the strategies, tactics, and tools that have helped them get where they are today.
Some guests included Andrew Ng (Coursera), Fernando Perez (Jupyter Notebooks), Jure Leskovec (Pinterest), Jim Guszcza (Deloitte Consulting), Dan Wulin (Wayfair), Anthony Scriffignano (Dun & Bradstreet), and Travis Oliphant (Anaconda).
You can find additional info on the show and all the episodes here.
And for those wondering how my interests in data science, behavior change, and human consciousness came together, there were two key catalyzing events that sent me down this unique (and depending on how you look at it, somewhat strange) path:
- On April 27th 2016, I started meditating everyday. Within 30 days, the practice naturally healed my (at-the-time severe) depression and led to a series of other healthy habits. 1800+ consecutive days later, I have yet to miss a single day of meditation. See here for the full story.
- In August 2017, I spent a month living with indigenous tribes in Cambodia and Borneo-Malaysia. During this time, I learned quite a bit about fear, limiting beliefs, and accelerated learning. Living off the land brought me down to ground-zero and led me to master data science in <6 months. See here for the full story.
If you’re interested in learning more, these two articles linked above will tell you a great deal about who I am, what I care about, and where I derive meaning from.
And of course you can always reach out to me directly via my contact page.