Startup and Technology Projects


Partly as a learning exercise, and partly as an excuse to roll a custom python web framework, PyBald is a relatively straight-forward, no-frills, approach to building Python web applications. Pybald is open source and released under the MIT license. The goal of PyBald is to provide a "learning framework" to help people become familiar with the basic building blocks of a web framework. If you're interested in learning more, contact support at


Let 1000 flowers bloom. TenZeroLab has been a bit of an umbrella project encompassing other side projects I've worked on. At one point I was working to try and accelerate Boston-area startups through a "pre-seed" accelerator.

Previous Projects


Smarterer provided people a simple, fun, and authentic way to show what they know. Smarterer was a platform designed to score individuals on any and every digital, social, and technical skill under the sun. Using crowdsourced test design and a scoring mechanism similar to the one developed to rank chess masters, Smarterer rapidly determined your ability level and the ability level of your peers, colleagues and friends.

Smarterer was co-founded in October 2010 by Dave Balter @davebalter, myself @mikepk, and Jennifer Fremont-Smith @jfremontsmith.

In 2014, Utah-based Pluralsight aquired Smarterer and in 2015 merged Smarterer and the technology into the main Pluralsight product. Smarterer technology became the underpinning for Pluralsight's SkillIQ system.


SnapMyInfo was a project exploring what could be done with QRcodes and contact sharing. The project also included elements of computer vision algorithms, some limited augmented reality, as well as a higher throughput contact sharing mechanism for conferences and networking events. The site shut down in 2018 after running for five years.


EMERAQ was a twitter robot designed just for fun. It even got a little bit of fame. A simple test of Twitter's API, it looked for people quoting from particular movies, then responded with relevant or linked quotes. The robot was shut down in 2012 after tweeting over 33,700 times (mostly to positive reactions).


Grazr was a company built with the idea that "RSS is the defacto API to the web" (which was true, for a while). It worked to create the next generation of RSS tooling with a reader that was focused on sharing attention and "collections" of feeds in dynamic ways (using OPML as a container format). It had a dynamic "widget" that was found on many popular blogs and sites and a full scripting environment utilizing javascript in "the cloud" (before that was such a thing). It got a bit of buzz but never really found it's audience. Many of Grazr's Technologies were a bit ahead of their time. Grazr was never able to find success with the products we launched and officially shut down on September 30 of 2010.