Blake earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rice University. He followed it with a year researching and building real-time navigation software for surgical procedures at the M.E.Mueller Institute in Bern, Switzerland. In 2005, he co-founded an e-commerce company, BuildASign.com, and has helped guide the company to over $50 Million in annual revenues and more than 250 employees. After moving to an advisory role in the business, Blake commenced and is nearing completion of a Ph.D. in bioinformatics at UT-Austin in the Marcotte Lab, where his research powered new experimental techniques in mapping broad swathes of protein complexes across animals. He loves sunshine, mountains, and snow.