At the time, my recently immigrated parents weren’t really sure how to spell out my given Chinese name on my birth certificate. Darko is actually pronounced Dah – Kuh. As a kid having a weird middle name, I dreaded homeroom roll call at school. “Andrew Darko Chen?” “Uh, present.” But I grew into my name and actually love the fact that most people now aren’t sure if I am joking when I tell them what the ‘D’ of my middle initial stands for. I guess David, Daniel, or even cooler, Dylan, would have been easier on my already terrifying school years, but it could have been worse (Dewey). Now, I have a name that I can create a blog title out of. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Anyways, as the name “The Darko Side” may imply (which was intended), I am not writing about dreary, dark, or morbid subjects. In fact, I actually have quite a sunny disposition.
So, I’m living in the middle of the US (Dallas, Texas) working for a pretty cool company (Match Group) doing some neat things in social media and emerging web technology. I’ve co-founded a travel technology company (Traxo), so I have a soft place in my heart for entrepreneurs and those who support them. In my spare time, I am currently geeking out about crypto, blockchain and NFTs.