Who I Am
I'm Matt Kantor, a senior software engineer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I work for Credit Karma.
I'm interested in most things IT, especially anything that has an impact on communication, society at large, or the ways we think and live. I'm also into physics and astronomy, music, sociology, philosophy, and just about anything that might help me make sense of this crazy and beautiful world. Designing things and solving problems are ways of channeling my creative energy to shape a better future.
I like fixing things; I enjoy the outdoors; I think that most people take themselves way too seriously. I derive a profound sense of spiritual fulfillment—though I'm not a religious man—from exploring the whys and whats of this world.
What I Do
Most of my career has involved building software of one kind or another. I'm good at full-stack development, scalability, distributed systems, usability & accessibility, infrastructure, and open standards. I try to use open source software and follow open standards whenever practical.
I like working with distributed systems and, more generally, concurrency of all shapes and sizes. In my opinion, async I/O is the only way to do I/O.
It's very fulfilling to learn new programming languages. Even if I don't end up using the language in my daily work, the experience teaches me how to consider problems from different perspectives.