Austin got his Bachelors from Harvard where he was on the pre-med track. After seeing a disconnect between patient and doctor leading to a lack of focus on preventative medicine, he moved to New York to pursue a career in finance and operations. He has spent much of his life traveling and living in other countries and states; he hiked for three months in New Zealand, did community service in Mexico, went on safaris in Zambia, surfed and hang-glided in Brazil, and toured medical device factories in Japan and Portugal. He has always appreciated the variances in culture and the approach that different peoples have, and thinks that the economic and organizational benefits of seasteading is the best way to project and protect this diversity of ideas into the future. He currently runs operations at a financial technology company, Rizm, which has developed a revolutionary platform that gives everyday users a power that, historically, has only been possible at large firms. Rizm’s cloud based software is an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that allows users to design, backtest, paper trade and execute live trading algorithms in either equity or currency markets.