Eric is described by Head First series co-creator Kathy Sierra as “one of those rare individuals fluent in the language, practice, and culture of multiple domains from hipster hacker, corporate VP, engineer, think tank.”
Professionally, Eric recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive—having held the position of CTO of Disney Online and Disney.com at the Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to WickedlySmart, a startup he co-created with Elisabeth.
By training, Eric is a computer scientist, having studied with industry luminary David Gelernter during his Ph.D. work at Yale University. His dissertation is credited as the seminal work in alternatives to the desktop metaphor, and also as the first implementation of activity streams, a concept he and Dr. Gelernter developed.
In his spare time, Eric is deeply involved with music; you’ll find Eric’s latest project, a collaboration with ambient music pioneer Steve Roach, available on the iPhone App Store under the name Immersion Station.
Eric lives with his wife and young daughter on Bainbridge Island. His daughter is a frequent vistor to Eric’s studio, where she loves to turn the knobs of his synths and audio effects.
Elisabeth is a software engineer, writer, and trainer. She has been passionate about technology since her days as a student at Yale University, where she earned a master’s of science in computer science and designed a concurrent, visual programming language and software architecture.
Elisabeth’s been involved with the Internet since the early days; she co-created the award-winning website, the Ada Project, one of the first websites designed to help women in computer science find career and mentorship information online.
She’s currently co-founder of WickedlySmart, an online education experience centered on web technologies, where she creates books, articles, videos and more. Previously, as Director of Special Projects at O’Reilly Media, Elisabeth produced in-person workshops and online courses on a variety of technical topics and developed her passion for creating learning experiences to help people understand technology. Prior to her work with O’Reilly, Elisabeth spent time spreading fairy dust at the Walt Disney Company, where she led research and development efforts in digital media.
When not in front of her computer, you’ll find Elisabeth hiking, cycling or kayaking in the great outdoors, with her camera nearby, or cooking vegetarian meals.