Hi, I’m Avy!


This is me circa 1995. Not much has changed.

The photo above was taken in San José, Costa Rica, where I was born and raised. I’ve lived in the US for the past ~12 years, first in Chicago, studying engineering and economics at Northwestern University, and now in San Francisco. I spent a few years at Apple, first building analytics and data visualization tools for the Maps team and eventually leading the Siri Metrics Platform team. In 2021, I joined Vouch, a startup building insurance for other startups (yes, it is meta) to lead their Data team. Now, I’m working on a startup of my own.

Way too much of my free time is spent reading, both online and off. This blog is the place where I compile my favorites for others to indulge (including future me). For a full list of what I’m reading, check out my book pipeline. It’s way easier for me to take a good photo than to write a good essay, but I’m working on improving both. I’m interested in complexity, emerging behavior, and the systems that humans build to tame the two.

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