Independent Researcher

Meet Jeffrey M. Barber

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Photograph from Woodland Park Zoo's Jungle Party 2018. I've pet a tiger.

I’ve been coding since sixth grade, and I love it. Unfortunately, I’m pathologically trapped in the meta game of making coding better, and my research is focused on changing the entire game such that more people can deliver value with these infernal machines.

As such, I’m the founder of the Adama Platform Initiative which is my stake in the ground as a long term research project. The central thesis of Adama revolves around seamlessly connecting people to state and compute resources without much cognitive load. Building products today is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Please read the Adama blog for more information.

Since I’m independent, I am available to consult in areas where I am an expert. Specifically, I am a proven engineering leader that has built large scale distributed systems with an emphasis on platforms. My Linked-in profile will illustrate my well groomed credentials, but I’m also a damn menace as I’m chaotically creative.

Feel free to start a conversation via email via as I try to answer every email. Remember, I’m here to help.

I'm here to help The nature of the help that I offer.

Life is short, chaotic, and messy. Fundamentally, there are three phases to life. First, you learn a game to play. Second, you play the game to earn. Third, you help others and enjoy the good life.

I'm enjoying my third phase as I play with legos, build out infrastructure for board games, go RVing, and just goofing off. Sadly, it's hard for most people to get here. There are a few ways I can help you join me in the good life.

If you are start-up founder, then the best thing you can do is be exceptionally tactical towards getting a valid business model together. Build quickly, get to market, make mistakes, and don't over think things. I can help by cutting through the noise, helping you embrace the mess, and ultimately make smarter decisions.

If you are a leader of growing company, then your goal should be to continue growing sustainabily and focus on profitability. This is done by focusing on growing your revenue while optimizing your costs. If you rely on engineers, then you must do both. I can help by guiding you how to balance the scales.

If you need to digitally connect people using these infernal machines, then I can help as an expert in distributed systems, messaging, real-time publish/subcriber systems, storage, and more. Please check out my former team's SOSP 21 paper about the system I architected at Meta which may be the largest and most diverse real-time system on the planet. I'm currently building the next-next-next-next generation of technology in this space combining everything I know into a new platform, so check it out: Adama Platform. I can help you understand this space if it is critical to your business.

If you are individual contributer, then let me save you a bunch of time and money. Please read Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win and take the lessons to heart. Also, read my consolidated my writings which represent many of my thoughts on the career. I believe everyone can learn and embrace the grind to have a long and fruitful career. However, you can only cut your costs so much via FIRE techniques, but you have potentially massive growth of your income. This does depend on your creativity, and sadly creativity is rare. Not only is creativity rare, but it is constrained by Price's law. Price's law is the cruel truth sitting under inequity, and the only way to escape it is to take a chance and be bold. As a highly creative person, I can help juice your career with creative ideas along with strategies to execute. However, you must execute like bad motherfucker with unrelenting ferocity and righteous faith in yourself.

So, if you want my help, then it is simple. Send me an email with answers to this questionaire. I'll happily read your answers, provide some initial feedback, and if I can believe I can help your more then I'll send you a link to my calendar.