I am Kyle Smith and I am many things.
I’m creative to the core. I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was 3rd grade when I played the violin. I’ve also studied trumpet, percussion, cello, and voice. I taught myself to play piano and produce electronic music. I DJ and produce music under the stage name Joseph Kyle. I produce a podcast called the Global Dancecast. I create software the millions of people have used to make their lives better. I enjoy writing. I am currently working on a book that I hope will help others in the future learn from my experiences as a survivor of extreme physical trauma.
I care about people. I walk down the streets in my neighborhood, the Tenderloin in San Francisco, and I talk to my neighbors. I love my job because I can go to sleep every night knowing that I helped someone have a better day. First, those people were IT folks at the world’s largest companies avoiding a crisis because of the enterprise systems management products I built. Then, they were small- and medium-business owners who stayed in business another day because of my product. It was media enthusiasts who were among the first to be able to stream their media libraries from home, and access them from anywhere in the world. It was mobile phone users whose phones were as secure as possible because their phone had the undisputed industry best OS update experience. Now, it’s seeing people grow and learn through positive mentoring partnerships.
I love experiencing the world. My entire life, I’ve morphed between countless hobbies. I’ve bungee jumped, been on safari on the Serengeti Plain, and I love SCUBA. I’ve lived in Asia for many years. I spent five years in Shanghai where I built a new development team for Microsoft and became a local DJ scene celebrity. I spent two years in Manila. One of my MBAs comes from National University of Singapore. I am so grateful that I have had these experiences in my life to grow from.
I aspire to live in gratitude. I was catapulted from my motorcycle over a bridge and landed on a parked car five stories below. In an instant, my life stopped moving and I was utterly helpless. That I survived, and with no serious long-term impairments, is lottery-style odds. Regardless of how horrible this experience has been, it has been a gift. The book I mentioned above is inspired by this experience.