About James Lavin
I’m a graduate of Harvard (magna cum laude, Government), the London School of Economics (M.Sc., Economics), and Stanford (Ph.D., Economics; M.A., East Asian studies [Mandarin]).
I wrote the well-reviewed Management Secrets of the New England Patriots, Vols 1 & 2 and drafted two unfinished books: Scamocracy and Biopeace.
In 2010, I built PowerMandarin.com to help people learn Mandarin. (I hope to re-build PowerMandarin with better technologies — Ember.js and more recent Rails releases — because I haven’t touched it for years.) PowerMandarin let users read articles with pop-up word definitions. Many articles had sound files. Users could create personalized dictionaries that tracked how well they knew each word. And when a user viewed an article, a personalized vocabulary list was displayed based on that user’s knowledge of the article’s vocabulary.
Our 7 ½-year-old son is interested in programming, so my wife and I have begun introducing him to Ruby, Python and CoffeeScript.