JJP: Jayson J. Phillips

Code, Tech, Music, Fitness… Life, Homie. Life.

What are you up... now?

Posted at — Jun 23, 2018

The /now page (hat-tip to Derek Siver’s now movement).
Currently, home is Oakland, CA. Here’s what I’m doing…


Director of Engineering, Online @ Trilogy Education Services I left my former role the Growth Team at Coinbase to rejoin the Trilogy Education Services team, this time helping to lead the growth & development of our Online Learning experience.

It was a pleasure learning about cryptocurrency, Risk and Fraud (in my original role), what it means to build high-stakes, highly-available consumer software and the challenges of thriving in a hyper-growth environment.

Instructor, Full Stack Web Development @ UC Berkeley Coding Boot Camp. Instructor of a part-time, 6-month, full stack web development course through the UC Berkeley Extension school. Focused on web development fundamentals, the MERN stack, and some CS fundamentals.

Instructor, Data Visualization Essentials @ UC Berkeley for DraftKings. I led and taught the Python section of the Data Visualizations course, helping Marketing Analysts learn how to wield Tableau, Python, Jupyter and tools such as numpy, scipy and sklearn to analyze and process data they come across.

CarbonFibre Ltd. https://carbonfibreltd.com


Board Member, Bay Area Inspires Awards. Advising my awesome fellow/advisee on bringing a STEM-focused program on building computers and learning about program via Raspberry Pi, Kano, Scratch and more.

Mentor Coach - 2019 Summer Fellows, CODE 2040. Returning to the Mentorship community at CODE 2040, I now get to use my experience to learn how to be a better leader by coaching others on their mentorship journey.

Having been a mentor for the Fellows Program from 2014-2016, and being a supporter and community member thereafter, I’m super excited to give back to this quality organization helping make the technology sector more equitable from Black and Latinx engineers.


Member, O2 Squad, /dev/color.

Blockchain development Self-pacing through an online course on development and adoption of all things blockchain/smart contracts (Ethereum).

4 String Bass Self-paced, learning the 4 string bass through a couple of means, notably Rocksmith 2014, YouTube, and considering private lessons.


Training for my second ever full marathon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as my upcoming AIDS/Lifecycle ride, raising funds for HIV and AIDS prevention/treatment/support. Consistency is improving but I wouldn’t say I’ve been as discplined as I needed to be (and am currently) about it.

Training II currently down 16.1 23.4 ~15 lbs on the year. ~15 lbs until my first milestone of 225, on my way back to getting 200 (#roadto200lbs).

Training III I’ve also recently joined [Precision Nutrition’s]() Pro Coach platform. I’m putting myself through the curriculum + my training plan before I go ahead with possibly taking on clients for nutritionally-focused training programs (including beginner distance running). I’m also looking forward to the opportunity of getting the Level 1 certification for Precision Nutrition after they open up the next training window.

Reading Currently:

N. K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy

Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Mikael Krogerus & Roman Tsch├Ąppeler’s The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

Building This never-ending “someday task” of building what you’re reading - this very site.

Shooting Love water. Love nature. Love photography. So I like to combine the three when I go hiking or just talk walks to enjoy nature.

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