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Tom Smykowski: The Patron Saint of Product Managers
Hello, my name is Ari and this is my personal website. I'm a Product Manager at Google where I lead a team that designs enterprise software for the Cloud's data privacy space. Prior to that, I spent several years building various online advertising products with some success. And, before that, I worked on a bunch of interesting projects scattered across various domains.

Realizing early on that I wasn't cut out to be a professional programmer, I taught myself how to create pixel art and designed the artwork for several shareware games for the Atari ST series while a poor student. Later, I created SpriteLib, a free collection of pre-drawn 2D artwork that has been featured in several computer programming books. Speaking of books, I actually wrote one on designing computer game art and another on User Interface design.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, following international strategic developments, vegetating on my couch, indulging in retro computing, and keeping up with the latest Kardashian gossip. And, no, I don't actually look like Tom Smykowski from the 1999 movie "Office Space" but there's quite a bit of Tom in the soul of veteran Product Managers everywhere.

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