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Darrow Kirkpatrick
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Attended University of Virginia
Lives in Chattanooga, TN
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Save more, invest smarter, retire sooner.
I am retired from a 25-year career as software engineer, designer, and manager. I now share my experience in achieving financial independence with others. I love writing about personal finance, and bring a practical, engineering mindset to money matters. 

I write regularly on saving, investing, and retirement topics at

I'm married to a wonderful schoolteacher, and the father of an amazing engineer and artist.

I've been a dedicated rock climber since I was 16, and became an enthusiastic mountain biker mid-life, thanks to my son.

I am a student of Buddhist philosophy and practice daily meditation.

To get in touch with me about writing or speaking, please contact me HERE.
  • University of Virginia
    B.S. Civil Engineering, 1982
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Author, Engineer, Investor, Climber
    Owner, 2011 - present
  • Bentley Systems
    Manager, Geospatial Framework, 2010 - 2011
  • Bentley Systems
    Advisory Product Architect, 2004 - 2010
  • StructureByDesign
    Consultant, 2001 - 2004
  • Haestad Methods, Inc.
    Chief Scientist, 1993 - 2001
  • Sageline, Inc.
    President, 1985 - 1993
  • Development Associates Controls, Inc.
    Application Engineer, 1984 - 1985
  • U.S. Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity
    Civil Engineer, 1982 - 1984
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New, rock-bottom investing costs from Schwab.
Discount broker Charles Schwab has opened a new kind of office in Dripping Springs, Texas. Don’t worry if you didn’t hear about it. I only noticed because that’s where we live. Both Schwab and Fideli...
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Mike gets it right. Accurate retirement planning is about providing for your actual expenses. NOT replacing pre-retirement income!
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