Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, Simon moved to the U.K. to attend the University of Bath where he studied electrical and electronic engineering. Since then, a varied career has included being part of the team building the world's first solid-state 30KW HF radio transmitter, writing electromagnetic modeling software for railguns, and testing the first ADSL equipment in the U.K. He also built one the U.K.'s first national ISPs, before spending several years designing and implementing web platform architectures for many major brands around the world. For the last decade he's been a freelance writer, specializing in enterprise technologies and development. He works with his wife and writing partner, Mary Branscombe, from a small house in south west London, or from anywhere there's a WiFi signal and a place for a laptop.