Michael Birk

Michael and Maya
I’m a computer programmer and aspiring entrepreneur living in Oakland, CA. I’ve worked in the Silicon Valley since 1997, mainly for small- and medium-sized independent software vendors.


Born in 1972, I grew up in the midwest, in Decatur, IL — a mid-sized, blue collar town of about 90,000, centrally located between Chicago and St. Louis. I started programming computers at a young age, even as far back as fourth or fifth grade. I received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconson-Madison in 1997.

Why “Forward Lateral?”

Michael Birk

I started forwardlateral.com in 2002 to manage my private fantasy football league. Football purists will tell you that the forward lateral is an oxymoron; it doesn’t exist. Instead, we have only the illegal forward pass. Of course, in real life, whenever a player attempts to lateral the football downfield, the announcers always say, “oh, you can’t do that, that’s a forward lateral.” Reality follows perception.

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