About Alvin Alexander

Alvin J. Alexander, Jr. was born a few miles from Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. After high school he moved more than forty times, and at some point during that process he graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. After working for military and NASA contractors, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky — his wife’s hometown — in 1993.

There, he initially worked for a small computer consulting firm, then left that firm to start his own software development consulting business. He formed the business as an LLC as a way to help share ownership in the company with other potential partners, then started the business in the basement of his house. He found several business partners, grew the business to a very profitable company of fifteen employees and five contractors, and sold it a decade later. His book, How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary, contains the story of how he sold his business.

After selling his company

After selling his company, Mr. Alexander “lived the dream,” touring the United States by car. He eventually stopped driving 5,000 miles away from where he started, landing in the small village of Talkeetna, Alaska (population 800). You can find his stories about living in Alaska on these two websites:

While in Alaska, he stumbled across the book, Programming in Scala, fell in love with the language, and eventually wrote the Scala Cookbook.

These days

These days Mr. Alexander lives just outside of Boulder, Colorado. You can find current information about him at these websites:

You can also follow him on Twitter.

If for some reason you want to see what he looks like, you can find photos of him on his alvinalexander.com website.