Lincoln Quirk

Who am I? Lincoln, technologist, entrepreneur, aspiring rationalist, effective altruist. I'm currently co-founder and CTO of Sendwave. If you would like to send me email, address it to my first name at

Blog: My blog is here. I occasionally write about entrepreneurship, technology, rationality, programming languages, and software engineering.

If you're the type of person who wants to change the world, one of the best investments you can make is self-improvement. But there is a ton of self-help material out there; how should you choose? I recommend studying rationality first, which is sort of a meta-study: you learn what it means to have accurate beliefs about the world, why this is good, how to obtain them and how to effectively act on them. Then you move towards more practical, high-value life skills: planning, optimizing your social skills, habit formation, emotional intelligence, and so on. If this path appeals to you, then check out the Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR). I've experienced most of their material and it's very valuable.

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I'm not looking for a job now, but I have a resume available, if that's your thing.

Other startups: I made a video chat app in 2013 -- it was like Facetime or Google Hangouts, but worked much better. (I sold that technology to another startup.) I made Brew in 2013, which was an app to help college students with their dating lives. I made Chime in 2012, which was an app to help college students improve their social lives in various ways. I made Newsbrane in 2008-2009, a news site which learned your personal tastes in news. In 2007-2008 I designed a programming language and runtime (tentatively called Nox) for automatically scaling programs across many cores and/or clusters. In 2002, I made, a website which sold items in the Diablo II universe.

I graduated from Brown in 2008. I was an active member of Technology House, a residential program house for anyone interested in technology. My email account is hosted on, Tech House's private server, which I administered while I was living in the house. If you're a Brown student, I highly recommend looking into Tech House. It's a wonderful place to live and meet friends.

Product recommendations. (I make no money off these; I just want the companies to succeed because I love their products so much): For an ergonomic keyboard, get a Kinesis contoured. Beeminder is a great way to hack your motivation. And, of course, Cantillon Brewery in Belgium makes some of the best beer in the world.