Hi My Name is Leslie

A Little About Me

I am a writer of nonfiction essays and articles living in San Francisco. Previously, I worked as an aviation finance lawyer, startup executive, and software developer. These eclectic vocations may not seem to have a lot in common, but they stem from some common desires: to articulate ideas clearly, to facilitate communication between people, and to explore new ways of thinking.

Topics I have been thinking and writing about lately include: technology, gender, motherhood, religion, secular ethics, psychedelic drugs, and the lost art of letter writing.

Words & Code


On Medium

Should You Move to SF?

An analysis of compensation and cost of living data

Coding Projects

Grocer Ease

Recipe curation and ingredient aggregation app

Pitch Overflow

Submit, vote, and comment on startup ideas

Rank All the Things!

Easily sort a list based on subjective comparisons

Tic Tac Toe

See if you can beat the computer!


A simple version of the tile-matching game

Contact Me

Get in touch

I am interested in freelance writing gigs. Please contact me for more information.

leslie.t.lai@gmail.com | San Francisco, CA