Hey there, I’m Alexander.

I’m interested in how software can better serve people’s daily lives.

My experiments often involve designing and developing many ideas — some of which I build into publicly available products, which further informs my research. Below is a compendium of my research areas, projects, and products.

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    The future of the operating system

    In my current work, I am exploring new and renewed ideas for how personal computing can expand what people are able to think and do.

    This work is primarily shaped by exploring the “operating system of the future,” and creating an experi­mental new environment for personal computing.

    Projects

    These projects experiment with the concepts from my research on the future of the OS in real-world use cases.

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    Symphonies

    Organizer & Planner

    Reimagining email

    My career began with reimagining email and finding ways to build that vision on top of today’s existing email protocols.

    Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign in 2012, this work resulted in award-winning products that topped the charts and were frequently featured by Apple in the App Store.

    Products

    These products have come from of my research and experimentation in email.

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    Mail Pilot

    Reimagined email client

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    Throttle

    Email throttling service

    More projects

    Products

    These products have come from explorations beyond my core research areas.

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    Simple Habits

    Habit & routine tracker


    Background

    My core work is independent research in software. I’m deeply curious about the future of personal computing. I believe it’s one of the most important things we’ve ever made.

    Over time, I’ve found that the journey to quality is quantity, and as such, I try to engage in many small experiments throughout my work.

    The best ways to get in touch with me are by email and on Twitter. When my head is down in deep implementation work for days on end, I can be slow to respond – but if you circle back after a week or so, I will get back to you!