I'm Shu, a designer/developer traveling the world. Until early 2017, I was a lead architect at EdSurge and based in Silicon Valley.

Background: I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to the U.S. when I was 12. I attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a B.S. in Computer Science and a Masters degree in HCI. I worked at Palantir as an engineer and Quora as a designer before joining EdSurge in 2012.

Current Focus: I'm studying deep learning, future of jobs, and inclusive innovation.

Fun Facts: I hope to be Big in Japan someday. Progress so far: The top 3 articles on my Japanese blog have received 200k+ pageviews altogether. I was invited as a technology/education pundit on Japanese national TV (NHK) twice.


I like to surprise people with code.

Example: During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign, I discovered a massive security hole on Donald Trump's campaign website. I wrote about the vulnerability, and it got picked up by Quartz, Popular Mechanics, and New York Magazine.

What went wrong on Trump's site? Well, it contained a script tag which directly referenced a file on a popular GitHub repository. So anyone could inject arbitrary JS code if the pull request containing changes to this file was approved.

Details: You Could’ve Submitted a Pull Request to Inject Arbitrary JS Code into Donald Trump’s Site. Here’s How.

Read More: #code 😎


In early 2017, I left my job at EdSurge after 4 years and 3 months. I got rid of my Silicon Valley apartment, packed my stuff, and hopped on a Brazil-bound plane to attend the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

I've since been traveling the world. As of Jun 2017, I've visited:

View as a Tweetstorm

I've been posting my travel photos and videos as a tweetstorm. This is the first tweet - click to view the rest.

Read More: #travel2017 ✈️