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Michael is the author of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, one of the leading introductions to web development, and received a Ruby Hero Award in 2011 for his contributions to the Ruby community. He is also the author of the influential mathematical essay The Tau Manifesto and founded the internationally celebrated geek holiday Tau Day in 2010. Michael is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.
Apart from his interests in education and entrepreneurship, Michael enjoys singing tenor with the Caltech Glee Club and Caltech Chamber Singers. He is also an advanced student of Krav Maga.
Nick embarked on his love affair with programming at age 15 while in high-school in Portland, Oregon. It continued into college, where he received a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Interactive Multimedia and Technologies from USC in 2003. Nick freelanced in web site building for four years before co-founding a software development consultancy in 2007, and then onto startup development with Softcover.
Outside of Softcover, Nick has sat on the board of directors for the Abbot Kinney Festival since 2010, and has presented at several events, including RailsConf '07, '15 and the LA Web Developer group. He also plays guitar for the electro-pop band Capital Cities.
Lee found his calling as an interactive designer through the Interactive Multimedia and Technologies program at USC. Although he had been interested in web development before that, it was the program's mix of art, engineering, and technology that set him on his path. Lee worked as a Creative Executive at Creative Artists Agency doing internal branding and design for a number of years. He co-founded a consultancy with Nick Merwin and is in charge of front-end design and development for Softcover.
When not working on Softcover, Lee is an enthusiastic snowboarder and scuba diver.