About Me

Product Manager & Builder

Hello there. My name is Ari and welcome to my personal website! I'm a Group Product Manager at Google (been there 12 ½ years and counting), who has led product teams that developed a wide-range of Enterprise software to address requests from global law enforcement agencies, built custom case management and contract lifecycle systems, and launched innovative solutions for both digital advertisers and publishers. Before that, I worked at a various startups and media companies across the SMB SaaS, gaming, publishing, and Ad Tech spaces.

This what I looked like before parenthood!

Being an impatient programmer and eager to get into game development in the early 1990s, I taught myself pixel-art and created SpriteLib, a free collection of pre-drawn 2D game artwork that has been featured in a number of programming books over the past 25 years. In the early 2000s, I was part of the team that released a series of popular Windows games (ZapSpot) and contributed to several others via my SpriteLib library. During that period, I also wrote two computer trade books: book 1 and book 2.

My passions include spending time with my family, retro computing, mentoring junior Product Managers, consuming dystopian science fiction (Soylent Green anyone?), re-watching classic 80s movies, curating my 2400+ track Spotify playlist on all things post-punk / punk / new wave / alternative music, and writing (occasionally) useful (and frequently, irreverent) Mac apps.