James Yu

About James

James Yu in color

My space-time worm began in small town upstate New York and eventually made its way west to San Francisco where its current slice resides.

Today, I spend my days writing speculative fiction. I share my stories in an intimate newsletter and submit to publications.

Previously, I founded a startup called Parse that powered over half a million apps and was acquired by Facebook, but was ultimately shut down. We managed to open source it.

I led the team that built the first Facebook app for VR.

Many years ago, I was classically trained in psychoacoustics at Stanford, and built audio algorithms at Dolby Laboratories. Yes, I can pick out artifacts in MP3s. No, it doesn’t ruin music for me because I don’t listen to harpsichords albums. Yes, I have heard Tom’s Diner way too many times in the holy pursuit of audio quality. Oh god, don’t start humming it.

I like strong coffee, getting out of my depth, questioning free will, thinking about the ethical nature of robot torture, wondering if a person separated in time cannot be considered the same person and therefore the James Yu that is writing this no longer represents my best interests, and sushi.

Feel free to email me at jamesjacobyu - at- gmail, whether it’s feedback about my writing, startup advice, or if you don’t believe I actually exist.