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About Me

Wednesday,  01/01/03  01:53 AM

Hi, I'm Ole Eichhorn.  I live in Westlake Village, California, which is about 45 miles north-west of Los Angeles, with my wife, one of my four daughters (two are off to college, one escaped to the Navy), and a small menagerie of pets.  I've spent most of my life coding and herding coders.  In between I sail and ride bikes.  You can e-mail me here.

I am founder and CEO of eyesFinder, a startup making Visual Search a reality.  Our motto is "take a picture, do a search", and our mission is to make that possible.  eyesFinder was founded in 2014, after I'd spent twelve years as CTO of Aperio (which was acquired by Leica), the leader in Digital Pathology.

I'm also the CTO of DoubleBeam, a startup creating innovative payment solutions for small businesses.

Previously I was with PayPal (SVP/Engineering), Intuit (General Manager of web finance subsidiary), Digital Insight (VP/Engineering), and XP Systems (VP/Development and Director of Technology).  You can find me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more.

I am philosophical about software and I am writing thinking about writing a book.

My business teachers are Clayton Christianson (The Innovator's Dilemma, The Innovator's Solution) and Geoffrey Moore (Crossing the Chasm, Living on the Fault Line).

My philosophy guides are Douglas Hofstadter (Godel, Escher, Bach), Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker) and Daniel Dennett (Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Consciousness Explained).

Things I like:

  • simplicity
  • [U|Li]n?x
  • C++
  • children
  • cats
  • wine
  • puzzles
  • markets
  • elegance

Things I dislike:

  • complexity
  • [D]COM[+]
  • .Net
  • self-righteousness
  • fundamentalism
  • whining
  • cheats
  • legislation
  • kludginess

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Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?