Ivan Tolmachev is an author, designer, entrepreneur, and investor, born in Moscow, Russia, moved to Dublin, Ireland when he was 16, lived a life of a digital nomad before eventually becoming an American citizen. He commanded teams to success and innovation at Silicon Valley ventures and multinational corporations. Ivan is a man of faith, committed to social good and sustainability, passionate about cognitive science, languages, process of creating art, and archival methodologies. That’s what he writes about. His memoir “A Road to Space (and Beyond)” on his journey from designing websites to make a few dollars in college to an inaugural flight of New Shepard of Blue Origin is expected on Dec 21, 2024.

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Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website. Having spent decades designing tools for human perception and human-computer interaction, I continue my pursuit of knowledge and craft by writing about the intricate nuances of the immersive experience our intellects call life, the politics of the World Wide Web and its similarites to our colonial past.

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As of May 2024, I live in a world where two countries I call home – Russia and America – are engaged in a cold war-esque conflict in cyberspace. Therefore, I tend to share my knowledge on platforms that stay neutral. Substack is one such platform. (To find out more about the company that provides the tech for this newsletter, visit Substack.com.) Although I do ocassionally post on X or LinkedIn and even Instagram, most of my thoughts are shared on Telegram, VK and here. So this is the best way to stay up-to-date on my thoughts as they emerge.

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