About

about

I am Toby Kurien, an electronics engineer who does software development for fun (and hopefully profit). I am a South African citizen of Indian origin.

What do I do? Well, the simple answer is that I engineer solutions at IBM Research lab, create Android and Web applications, blog/tweet about technology, host software development workshops and presentations, and dabble in hardware and software hackery at House4Hack, a makerspace in Centurion. My Resumé has more details.

The long answer regarding what I do is that I am experimenting with an alternate lifestyle. In late 2008 I decided to live a more anti-consumerist lifestyle. So I left the rat race, sold my shares in the company I co-founded, and started working on potentially fulfilling ventures. This is how I started creating web startups and Android applications – two technologies that I am really passionate about. Android finally gives me the chance to play in the consumer electronics space. It also helps me in my quest to use first-world technology to solve third-world problems.

I am inspired by the "four hour work week" lifestyle as described in the book by Timothy Ferriss. I engineer my life by focussing on three things: Health, Time, and Finance.