Jeremy Laukkonen

  • Ten years experience as an automotive technician working on both foreign and domestic vehicles
  • Owned and operated his own automotive repair shop
  • Co-founded a video game startup
  • Licensed real estate broker, NWMLS (2007 - 2014)


Jeremy started out changing oil and sweeping floors as a teenager, and he ultimately ended up running a shop in the north end of Seattle by his early twenties. He can swap out a distributor and set it perfectly without the aid of a timing light (and did just that one time in the New Mexico desert), but his interests always skewed more toward the tech side of things.

Automotive and consumer technologies have exploded in complexity over the last several decades, and it can be tough for even the professionals to keep up.

As an automotive technician, Jeremy learned the importance of breaking down complex technical subjects in understandable ways. As a tech writer for trade publications and Lifewire, he has endeavored to do just that on a much larger scale than he ever could have managed at his shop.

In addition to his tech writing, he is the author of the urban fantasy novel Mechanics of Death and the automotive blog crankSHIFT.


Jeremy graduated from Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, WA, and attended Shoreline Community College. His relevant education, which he earned through years of turning wrenches and tinkering with technology, is all practical.

Jeremy Laukkonen

"Technology is more complicated today than it ever has been before, and that trend isn't likely to make a U-turn any time soon. Whether you're trying to understand the inner workings of your car, phone, computer, video game system, or any other gadget or device, I'm here to make it a little bit easier."

Lifewire and Dotdash

Lifewire is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by comScore, a leading internet measurement company. We reach more than 10 million readers per month with our trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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