On most days, David functions as Furia Rubel’s lead technical writer, but that’s a bit like saying that on most days, Hedy Lamarr functioned as an actress. We call on David for assistance with everything from in-depth technical research to designing infographics and drafting website copy. A versatile problem-solver with an interdisciplinary background and an agile mind, David is generally handy to have around.
When we assign David to a client’s project, he brings a keen analytical eye, an ear for a good story, and an intuitive ability to perceive those stories from multiple perspectives. He knows when to abandon convention, but also when to hew to it.
David wrote his first computer program when he was 14 and has been on the Internet since 1990, when most people who had heard of “email” thought it was something you could do only on CompuServe. He published his first website in 1994, before most Fortune 500 companies haddone so. (No, he won’t show you that first website, but he thinks it was nicer than Microsoft’s.)
That was just for fun. After he turned pro, David was in charge of the IT infrastructure for one of Wall Street’s first web-based services. When the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 crippled Lower Manhattan’s telecommunications, David and his team kept his company’s systems up and running.
Later in his career, David became first a local editor and later a regional editor for Patch.com, AOL’s experimental venture into online local news. He ran the breaking news desk while writing and editing thousands of news items for a business unit that served about 750,000 readers in the largest suburban region of greater Philadelphia.
When he’s not doing work for Furia Rubel, David spends a lot of time staring into space. Literally. He is an amateur astronomer and, if you attend one of the stargazing parties he sometimes hosts in his Montgomery County backyard, he will happily give you a guided tour of the observable universe.
He enjoys travel, particularly to his parents’ home country of Ireland, and is a connoisseur of craft beer. He also has a master’s degree in Ancient History, which helps explain why he spends part of his free time pretending to be Julius Caesar on Twitter. We’ve been assured that no toga usage is involved.