2013 - 2014
A designer & programmer living in San Francisco. Joined the game in 2007 and has been at it since.
My start was with a lucky opertunity as an intern for Digg during the Web 2.0 years. Shortly after I co-founded an incubator with Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka. Then following a Google aquition of the incubator — a move to New York City on a 5,500 mile motorcycle adventure. A buy back of an old project. An acquition of that project. Did a side project here and there. One to make it rain on your friends. All awhile doing amateur laps at NJMP Thunderbolt.
Currently in San Francisco available for iOS and Design/Product consulting.
Below is an overview of what I’ve done and what I do.
2009 - 2014
Co-founder, CEO (2012-), Engineer, Product
Acquired by about.me
Acquired by Google
Following the acquistion of Wefollow by Tony Conrad and about.me — I revamped the search product. About.me has a wealth of data to rank and find people by. I modeled this data in a custom graph database. Then put the search product on top of that database with a new UI. The result was much improved results for a given interest. Rather than globally ranking results, results can no be ranked on an interest level.
After revamping search I spent time working on product design for features that will be released soon!
In late 2012 I purchased back the Wefollow property from Digg, formed a team, and relaunched the product. With Adam Kopec on design, and Elias Friedman on marketing. Behind the relaunch was a system to rank people in their interest based off their network.
In early 2013, Wefollow was aquired by about.me.
Stacks is for paying your friends in fun moments. After seeing hiliarious Venmo comments my friend Adam(design) and I(iOS) thought that was often. So we created an App to take a photo of your friend and make it rain on them via the Venmo API. Later we swear our video was inspiration for Snapchat’s video.
Daniel Burka, Kevin Rose, and myself formed an incubator in 2011. Oink was the first product — an iOS app to rate anything around you. We knew the overall rating of a bar — but we didn't know the best cocktail there. My role was all things techincal and back end up the stack until the app. Including operatoins, I built systems to deploy and maintain the backend I built for Oinks client. Oink has similar characteristics as other apps — feed, profile, posting, sharing, etc. Oink was shutdown in 2012 following Google's acquition of Milk.
This project was the design(API) and implementation of version 2 of the Digg API. Screenshots from the developers site with documentation. Addison Kowalski did the visual doc/dev site design.
The Digg API v2 introduced writable APIs. It was the first time we allowed Digging via the API. Authentication was using the (new at the time) OAuth 1.0A. Which I also created the PEAR HTTP_OAuth library for.