Let me introduce myself. I’m 45 and am married to my amazing wife Tammy. We have two fabulous kids, Mazie and Tyler. I love being a Dad. It’s the best thing ever. We have a dog named Chase who thinks he is a lap dog in a black lab body.
I really like to explore new things. The result of that is that I have too many hobbies. I would consider myself an amateur photographer. I’m a fairly avid blogger at thingelstad.com where I write about whatever I feel like. I am fanatical about the Big Green Egg. I am a lucky member of the R/W Book Club. I’m a supporter of the open web and support Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Archive.org and the EFF.
I’ve been a CTO for a long time. I’ve learned a lot about serving big, mission critical applications on a global scale. I was the founding CTO for BigCharts. We were bought by MarketWatch and I was CTO there while we did some awesome stuff. Then MarketWatch was bought by Dow Jones where I also then had a CTO role. A lot of changes, all without moving offices. Now I’m CTO for SPS Commerce. I am also a board member at Minnestar, the organization that runs Minnebar and Minnedemo.