In 1984, Nicholas Dorochoff earned a master's degree in English from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York and began his career as an educator. For twelve years he taught students at the secondary and university levels in modern languages, literature, composition, technical writing and graphic design in New York and Indiana. He also provided guidance to university faculty in the use of technology in the classroom. His interest in technology drew him from academia to the corporate arena, where he worked as an analyst and manager. In 2005, he earned a master's degree in historic preservation from Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning in Muncie, Indiana, and currently works as a technology project manager in Chicago.