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You can see the long and short of it off to the right, but if you're really interested in more, I'm happy to indulge your rather peculiar need for more information. Keep reading below the fold (holy crap, but people don't read below the fold!) for more:

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I'm M. Jackson Wilkinson, a technologist, designer, speaker, educator, and writer in San Francisco. I'm the Founder of Kinsights. I'm from Philadelphia, went to Bowdoin College in Maine, root for the Phillies, and love to sing.

The Name

For some reason, there are always some people who wonder if they should call me "M." or something. For those of you, I encourage you to consider it to be a "silent M" and proceed with the rest of the name as usual. Folks tend to call me Jackson or Jack or some variant thereof.

Legally, I'm Michael Jackson Wilkinson, and yes, I was born the same year Thriller was released by Michael Jackson. Unfortunate. No, my parents didn't name me after the King of Pop, as Michael is my father's name, and Jackson is a family name on my mother's side, or so they claim. Growing up, I always considered changing my name, but now I think back to the words of the noble Michael Bolton: "Why should I change, he's the one who sucks."

The Slightly Less Short of It

I'm M. Jackson Wilkinson, a technologist, designer, speaker, educator, and writer living in San Francisco.

I hail from Philadelphia (and by that I mean the greater Philadelphia area, mainly Bucks County), and came to California by way of DC and Maine, where I attended Bowdoin College and majored in Music and Philosophy. My time in Pennsylvania and Maine had a really huge impact on me, owing to my love of the Phillies, choral music, snow, great debates, small towns, water ice, random intellectual indulgences, cheesesteaks, and rocky shorelines. No, I didn't ever actually take to lobster.

After spending a few years living the agency life (which I really loved), first at Grassroots Enterprise and then at the awesome Viget Labs, and a short stint at LinkedIn, I'm now working at Posterous with an awesome team on a pretty cool product. This site isn't built on Posterous, but I have one that most certainly is, and you should check it out

On the side, I've done some projects of my own, including The Humble Gourmand, a food and drink magazine some friends and I publish monthly; and RecallCast, a web application to help you and your family protect yourselves from recalled food, products, and automobiles. These projects give me an opportunity to get into visual design and backend development, which I generally do in Django.