Thursday, February 08, 2007


Rick at rest

Perpetually on the verge of joining the circus, Ricky recently moved to the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City from Brisbane, Australia. He shares his life with his wife, Karen, his son, Xander, his daughter, Claire. Ricky is CEO of Shorthand, makers of a most excellent storytelling editor used by the likes of the BBC, the Telegraph, Refinery29, FT, Dow Jones, LinkedIn, Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, WWF, Red Cross, a few major investment banks and many others.

His roles as a parent of young children and an author of scientific publications means he is in the habit of speaking about himself in the third person. Sometimes Ricky sports a scruffy beard, sometimes he doesn’t. Now that he’s living in New York, he will probably find occasion to wear his rex walking hat more often. When he visits the dentist, he enters a zen-like state approaching total relaxation, which is the only reason he bothers going for a regular check-up.

Ricky holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Queensland, and previously worked at NICTA, Australia’s ICT Centre of Excellence, where he performed a mix of research, customer development, government and industry liaison and, of course, software engineering. He loves learning through experimentation which has resulted in injuries and failed businesses, as well as a moderately successful one. He is fond of the news, so he once started a tiny tech news site for Brisbane and Queensland called The Tech Street Journal; although he is no longer involved, it is still running today.

Likes: football (the round ball kind, in case clarification is needed), Devonshire tea, Australian style lattés, The Beatles, The Cat Empire, travelling, fast food, slow food, all food, the news.

Dislikes: political correctness, irrational fear, green eggs and ham.

Ricky is @rickyrobinson on Twitter.