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Thorne Melcher

Thirty-something trans woman with a diverse array of expertise and successes. Primary passions are coding and writing. I'm always learning, always creating, always building. Newbie farmer. Dedicated to building a better, more inclusive world for all.

@ExistentialEnso - Georgia, USA - she/her

Software Engineer & Technical Lead

I've passionately programmed since being mentored by my grandfather in elementary school in the mid-90s. I spent three years as Chief Technology Officer of a Y Combinator startup and am a battle-tested technical leader. I have a decade of professional experience and over two decades of total coding experience. My primary focuses are web and mobile.

See more about my specific tech skills and experience here.


Published in the New York Times

My articles have been featured in a number of publications. You can find many of them on the articles section. My areas of interest with non-fiction writing are transgender issues, left-wing politics,red-brownism, technology, gaming, and social media.

Additionally, I am working on publishing sci-fi and fantasy novels (with several drafts written).


YouTube Channel

My grandfather, who inspired me to get into software engineering, was also a farmer (and a doctor!). Though a unique combination of expertise, he thought it was important that more people learn how to produce food, given much was being taken over by large-scale agribusiness.

The older I got, the more I realized how important this was to work towards building a sustainable, healthier future for us all. In 2019, my partner and I decided to learn about permaculture farming techniques and apply them on a little farm. We started raising ducks and geese for eggs — and their ability to fertilize the land.

Trans Activist & Consultant

Transelation Consulting

I have faced a lot of challenges as a transgender person, and I hope to help others avoid the same struggles. Not only do I do activism for the trans community, but I offer consulting services to organizations seeking an expert opinion on how to help ensure they do a good job taking care of the needs of trans people.


In addition to being a native English speaker, I have intermediate Japanese skills and basic skills in a number of other languages.