About Zack

About Zack

Zack has been working with and coaching remote teams at organizations like JP Morgan, 3M, Nortel, Hewlett Packard, and the United States Navy since 2001. He has served as a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies and is a consulting engineer for the Novell Compliance Management Platform. Zack began loading DOS from a floppy disk when he was five years old. He began working professionally with computers when he was 15 and started his first software company when he was 16. He has also been an IT administrator and a member of an advertising firm. Zack lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about a mile from Harvard University.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Zack

Have you written any other books?

The One Minute Commute is my first book, but I’m hoping it won’t be my last.

I also write a technical blog called Hackito Ergo Sum.

Do you telecommute?

Yes. I’ve been working completely remotely since 2001. I even worked with one team for three years before I met them face-to-face.

Do you work with other telecommuters?

About half the people I work with daily are teleworkers. They work from offices, their homes, and coffee shops around the world.

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Why did you write this book?

I wrote a whole blog post on this topic called The Book I Wish I Had Seven Years Ago.

Can I see your other projects?

Of course. I have a whole page with more about Zack where you can see links to my other projects.

Are you a full-time writer?

No. In addition to writing I am a full-time engineer working for NetIQ. I am currently working with Java and JavaScript, but I have also worked professionally with C and C++. I also write in Python, Haskell, Erlang and many others just for fun. I love learning new programming languages.

Can I see your code?

Like many programmers, some of the best code I wrote was for companies that don’t want to let me show it to you. You can see some simple teaching applications I wrote on my professional programmer blog as well as a link to the open source project I started.

For an engineer you’re very focused on human interaction.

This isn’t technically a question, but a lot of people wonder. Both of my parents are psychologists and they gave me a strong background and interest in the way humans relate to one another. The subject has always fascinated me and I’m working hard to become a better designer.

Did you design this site yourself?

The short answer is that I wrote the entire site and had some help designing it. Check out this post for the longer version.

What software is this site running on?

The short answer is WordPress running on Linux with some custom plugins I wrote.

Are you related to Ted Grossbart at grossbart.com?

Ted Grossbart is my father. He is a psychologist who focuses on the effects of emotional state on skin disorders. His website (grossbart.com) has been bringing patients to his door since I made the first version when I was 16 years old.