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Fred is currently employed at Y Combinator working on their admissions team.

Previously he was Kickstarter's second employee and worked there from 2009 until 2016 focusing on data, engineering, research, and everything in between. In 2015 he became their VP of Data, managing a team of data scientists and analysts developing and deploying online machine learning classifiers, recommendation engines, and analytics infrastructure.

Before joining Kickstarter, he worked as Creative Commons’ representative in NYC, and taught at ITP, where he graduated in 2008.

In 2010 Fred published Emoji Dick, a emoji translation of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. In 2013, the book became the first emoji book acquired by the Library of Congress. He is also the author of "How to Speak Emoji" published by Ebury Press, a Penguin / Randomhouse UK imprint.

He studied philosophy and computer science in undergrad, and was influential in the students for free culture movement, a copyright reform organization. He's written for Bookforum, WIRED and 2600.

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