Hi, I'm Andrew Liu.

Hey there! 👋 My name's Andrew. Welcome to my online home. I suppose you're interested in learning a bit about what's going on here.

I'm a software engineer who began at Google and moved on to various high-performing startups throughout his career. In my spare time, I enjoy playing Go and reading books.

(This is my face. Research shows that displaying your real face lets other know that you're not some mysterious Internet gremlin.)

What can you expect from this site?

The short answer: I'll write about whatever I find interesting and worth sharing. My house, my rules!

A longer answer: You will likely notice a few recurring themes on this website.

  • Software
  • Security
  • Startups
  • Statistics
  • Self-improvement

Engineers from large companies thinking about joining the startup world may find my opinions most relevant. I've been in your shoes. Bonus points if you're interested in cybersecurity or numbers.

My Background

I currently work at a seed-staged cybersecurity startup called Stairwell. The company is still in stealth, so I'll remain light on the details, but expect to hear a lot of news about this company in the future.

Previously, I was an engineer at Scale AI. The startup produces high quality training data for AI applications. During my tenure there, Scale achieved unicorn status, and I started the company's machine learning infrastructure team.

Research Papers the Scale AI Team has Read in Q1 2020
The machine learning research papers the Scale AI team read and discussed in Q1 2020.

Before joining a startup, I worked on authentication at Google. You might see the fruits of my labor when logging in to Google or when receiving login notifications on your phone. I was also the former maintainer of Google Authenticator.

Prior to working full time, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a computer science degree. Within the major, I specialized in data science and cybersecurity and got my first taste of security research.

An Open Invitation

You don't have to be a passive reader. In fact, please be the opposite. I love receiving messages.

  • If you find any of the aforementioned topics interesting, I want to talk to you. Don't be shy. I promise to make it worth your while. At the very least, you'll get an interesting conversation.
  • I love feedback. Is there something you wish I'd write about? Do you have spicy opinions about something I wrote? We all have our blind spots; please help me identify mine.
  • You should notice me consistently producing content for this site. If you see otherwise, please call me out and hold me accountable.

For all of these points, you can reach me via email or @liuandrewk. If you haven't already, consider subscribing for email updates!