I'm Zack Thoutt (pronounced "tout", not "thout" or "trout"), a software engineer, data scientist, and proud dog father. While my home base is in Boulder, Colorado, I consider myself a digital nomad.
I work from home when I'm home and wherever I can when I'm away. I travel a lot—my time on the road is limited by how long I can stomach being away from my family (especially my dog if he doesn't get to come), not by work. The mountains are my beach—I find nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than hiking all day with my wife, dog, and the sunshine on my shoulders.
I have several hobbies (obsessions?) outside of software engineering...
I love investing and have managed my own investments since I was 14. I consider myself a value investor, but I dabble in riskier growth opportunities as well.
I love to read and write fantasy novels. I've been working on writing a fantasy trilogy since I was in high school. I'm not sure if I'll ever finish it, but I enjoy thinking about the plot and creating characters.
I love cooking and enjoying good cuisine. There's almost nothing I won't cook myself—from sushi to puff pastry to smoked brisket, I love a good challenge in the kitchen. I also have a goal to become a sommelier someday.
If you've got an idea to share or just want to say hi, let's connect! I love meeting new people and growing my network. I think sharing and hearing different viewpoints is extremely valuable and I hope to expand my horizons through this site.
I created the Game of Thrones AI that went viral
I worked at Mocavo, which was acquired in the largest Tech Stars exit to date
I graduated from CU Engineering with a 4.0 GPA
I'm married to the most amazing girl in the world
I've traveled to 47 states and 21 countries on 4 continents
I've saved money and managed my own investments since I was 14
I've climbed 28 of Colorado's 56 14ers
My signature recipe is called "Drunken Trout Pot Pie"
I taught my dog how to bring me beers and recycle the empties
My theme song is "Home Grown Tomatoes" by Guy Clark
I'm a Colorado Hobbit (All of my family is from Colorado and I'm a 6th generation native)
My family is the most important part of my life
I do lots of hiking, cross-country skiing, and yoga