About me

A handsome man.

I'm Wesley. I live in Boston and work at Wonderment. I grew up in San Diego and studied Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Before Wonderment I wrote code for Drizly, Wayfair, and Charles Schwab.

I'm passionately curious. I enjoy learning and discovering new things and I've developed a broad range of interests because of this. I detail some of them below and I'm always open to a discussion about them. Feel free to shoot me a message.

This blog is an outlet for me to learn in public and share some of the things I learn about. I write a lot about software and computer science.

Contact

Email: contact@wesleyabbey.io

Code on Github. Resume on LinkedIn.

Tweets on Twitter. Photos on Instagram.

Interests and recommendations

👨‍💻Software/Computing

Computers weren't my first passion but I quickly learned to love the field and everything related to it.

The end of the 20th century ushered in the first great wave of the internet and software. We were thrust into the Digital Revolution and a new age of information.

We are only in the beginning of this new age. Seeing the rapid change of the field excites me every day. The pace of innovation is breakneck and it's so much fun keeping up.

🕴️Business

"Software is eating the world"

I co-founded and am currently building Wonderment.

Business books I think about a lot: Lean Startup by Eric Ries and The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. These are both great primers on building an early stage business.

🗣️Philosophy

My beliefs closely resemble that of a utilitarian/communitarian. I don't like labels, but they encapsulate my ideas well.

Everyone should be exposed to philosophy. It provides a great framework to learn beneficial skills. You learn how to think critically, how to reason, and how to think logically through the problems you encounter in life.

For a wonderful primer on moral and political philosophy I recommend Harvard’s Justice lectures. Michael Sandel is a brilliant philosopher and gives a wonderful example for what public dialogue should look like.

💭Psychology

I love learning about how humans think and behave. Outside of my computer science degree, I also studied psychology in college.

One of my favorite books on human behavior is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Originally written in 1936, this book has aged incredibly well—the title hasn’t—and provides a timeless framework for interacting and communicating with others.

I also recommend Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It will help you better understand yourself and how to kick your productivity levels into overdrive.

📜History

History is a never-ending series of dominoes and knowing how the previous ones fell will give you a better idea which direction they'll continue to fall.

Growing up I didn't care too much for history. I eventually came across a phenomenal podcast: Hardcore History by Dan Carlin. His monologues and deep subject knowledge seeded an excitement for history I never knew growing up.

My favorite book on human history is Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. It goes over the evolution of human societies and how geology and environment have shaped the modern world. The book’s timeline spans the entirety of the human species.

💪Health, fitness, and sports

I try to always maintain good fitness levels and healthy eating habits. I was fortunate to have an active lifestyle and a lot of training growing up.

🤼‍♂️I grew up wrestling in highschool and throughout college.

🏂I started snowboarding when I moved to New England and now I’m always on the lookout for some freshies.

🤸‍♂️I managed to befriend some circus folks in the past and they taught me hand balancing and gymnastics.

Living in Boston means I’m a fan of watching most mainstream sports and talking mad trash.

I enjoy competing in all varieties of sports.

No book recommendations. Get out there and get dirty.

📸Photography

"The best camera is the one that's with you." I occasionally take photos and post them on Instagram.

✍️Writing

I enjoy writing as a way to learn in public. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and pushes me to have a better understanding of the things I'm learning. Having an audience—even a small one—also forces me to raise the standard of my writing.

A great book on writing techniques is Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer.

📚Reading

Astute readers will have noticed by now that I nurture and develop a lot of my interests through reading. 😄 My bookshelf.