About Me

Joshua ArcherWelcome to my online portfolio and professional blog. Allow me to tell you just a little about myself:

My name is Joshua Geoffrey Archer, born to JoAnne Michelle Archer and Gale Francis Archer on August 27th, 1972, in Fremont, California. I am elder brother to Brandi Danielle Gomes, born in 1978.

I grew up in Fremont until the age of 18, when I moved to Berkeley and attended UC Berkeley for my undergraduate degree in Philosophy, graduating in the fall of 1994. I moved from Berkeley to Santa Barbara to be with my girlfriend (soon-to-be-wife) Julia, as she finished her Masters degree in Sociology.

In 1996, Julia and I moved back up to the San Francisco Bay Area, settling in San Rafael, in Marin county. In 1997, I began my career as a software engineer and started working for Excite, a search engine portal in the dot-com era. I worked for Excite from 1997 to 2001, and started working at Sonoma State University in 2002, at the Center for Distributed Learning. I stayed with the CDL until 2008, when Julia and I began our own web design company, Archer Web Solutions, which we ran until 2012.

In 2012 I began an educational games and services company, Iocari Games, where I have been running after school and summertime enrichment programs for children between the 4th and 12th grades, and offering consulting services for content development involving role-playing games. In 2014, I was joined by my long-time friend and business partner, Bert Holcomb.

In 2014, I enrolled at Sonoma State University to acquire my masters degree in education, emphasizing in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, with a focus on Educational Technology. I am endeavoring to use what I learn in my masters program to inform and augment the work I do through Iocari.

Please use the following contact form to reach me with any concerns or interests.