Charles Sieg

I never lose. Either I win, or I learn.

I am the founder and president of Renkara Media Group. We build AccelaStudy, an accelerated learning platform with millions of users.

I provide consulting services to a wide variety of Fortune 1000 clients. I am an expert in iOS development, Node.js development, and automating the deployment of scalable and highly-available infrastructure, primarily in the AWS cloud. I am an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

My résumé can be found here. Copies are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.

I am a strong proponent of remote work, especially in the Information Technology field and am the editor of the Remote Technologist publication on Medium. I’ve worked remotely exclusively since 2010.

I publish a newsletter of interesting articles, videos, and products called The Weekly Edge on Revue. Alas, I’m so busy that it should really be called The Quarterly Edge.

I maintain GitHub repos for the articles I write and a collection of CloudFormation and Terraform scripts for automated provisioning of AWS infrastructure.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

The most popular posts on my blog are The 10-Year Hoodie, On Telecommuting, My Life as a Bodybuilder, and Renkara Offices.

I was a bodybuilder, a track cyclist, a triathlete, a rock climber, and an Olympic weightlifter. Now I do yoga and play in the mud mosts years at the Tough Mudder.

Brothers Laughing Through the Tough Mudder

I was a Red Cross-certified lifeguard at the Four Seasons Club in Bloomington, Illinois during high school and college.

Although I completed the coursework, pool sessions, and open water session to become a certified PADI Rescue Diver, my certification paperwork was not filed 25 years ago due to a missing CPR certificate and so I have to retake the course. Until then, I have current PADI certifications in Advanced Open Water and Deep Diving. I received excellent instruction from Midwest Diving Specialists in Normal, Illinois. I am a member of the Divers Alert Network (DAN).

I grew up in a neighborhood called Sunset Lake outside of the town of Carlock, Illinois, population 400. I was an Eagle at Carlock Elementary School and a Python at Parkside Junior High School. I graduated from University High School. I attended Illinois State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

I’m currently considering enrolling at Texas A&M University to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science.

I’ve lived in Bloomington, Normal, and Peoria, Illinois. In 2000, I moved to Chicago. I lived in a condo at 600 South Dearborn for awhile. It is also known as the Transportation Building and was the headquarters for Eliot Ness and the Untouchables during Prohibition.

I proposed to Ahu on top of the Eiffel Tower in January 2001. We got married on top of the Sears Tower in Chicago on March 23rd, 2002 and went on an epic honeymoon.

Our son Karl was born in November, 2008. Our son Connor was born in April, 2010.

Ahu and I and the boys used to live in Inverness, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. We moved to Texas in August 2014 and now live in a small town called Westlake. We moved to Westlake so our sons could attend Westlake Academy, an International Baccalaureate charter school that frequently ranks in the top 50 schools in the United States.

Karl and Connor Leaving Illinois to Live in Texas

I am an autocross enthusiast and haved raced in the 2012 Porsche 911 S, the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS, and am currently racing the 2013 Porsche 911 4S. I’m a member of the Porsche Club of America - Mavericks Region and I do autocross events with the Equipe Rapide sports car club in Dallas/Fort Worth.

I’m training to race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and hope to one day do some hot laps on the Nürburgring in Germany. In preparation for that day, I am working towards the necessary 1,000 laps on the virtual Nürburgring track in Forza 6 on Xbox One.

2013 Porsche 911 S, November 2013 Autocross 4, May 2015 2013 Porsche 911 4S, April 2017

The “I never lose. Either I win, or I learn.” quote at the top of this page is from Nelson Mandela.