Who is Jacob?
I was born and raised in the United States, in Cincinnati, Ohio. I had a relatively unique educational upbringing during my childhood, attending a Waldorf school in my early years, moving to Montessori education at age 10, and then being in Catholic and Jesuit education from age 12 to 16, before moving to remote-learning to finish High School at 16 & 17 during the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that this educational journey, combined with the parenting style utilized by my parents which gave me a lot of personal freedom growing up, encouraging the idea that I should “grow up to become better than them,” and frequent family travel to new places, helped shape me into a naturally curious and self-determined person. Shortly after I turned 18, I moved to San Mateo, California, for the summer of 2021 where I attended Draper University’s Hero Training program. After starting at Draper University, I made the decision to drop out from the degree program I had been enrolled in, and pursue my startup, Anomaly Science, full-time. During the Hero Training program I grew a lot as a person, especially as the youngest in my cohort, learning how to function as an adult being on my own for the first time, learning better how to interact with people in my personal and professional lives, and perhaps most importantly, learning the skills I needed to take an idea on paper and turn it into something real.
Following the initial momentum after placing Third at the school’s Demo Day, and accepting Angel funding for my startup, in the autumn of 2021 I took five weeks to travel across Europe from Dublin, Ireland, to Tallinn, Estonia, putting myself out there to meet new people, share my ideas, and along the way, making the decision to relocate to Berlin, Germany. I moved to Berlin in January of 2021, where I have lived ever since, which being 18 at the time was quite a difficult and scary thing to do. Since living in Berlin, I have continued to grow as a person and made significant progress with my startup. Still, most importantly, I've had the chance to get to know some truly unique people from many different backgrounds, and I feel I have the support I need to make a real impact on the world. One thing that matters most to me in life is to be remembered when I'm gone, and I'm hopeful that my journey so far will make this possible.
Professional Skills & Experience
Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC),
Linux System Administration,