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Who?

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.

2013 - 2014

Product Engineer

2009 - 2014

Co-founder, CEO (2012-), Engineer, Product
Acquired by about.me

2014

Co-founder, iOS Engineer

2011-2012

Co-founder, Engineer
Acquired by Google

2008 - 2010

Engineer, API Lead


Interest based search

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!

Search on about.me


1.3 million users

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.

TechCrunch - Identity Platform about.me Buys Wefollow To Boost “Interest” Search

VentureBeat - About.me buys people directory Wefollow


$1,000's of successful floating dollar bills

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.

View in app store


Oink — Rate the adventure

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.

Techcrunch - Milk's First Project Revealed: Oink, A Mobile App To Vote, Rank, And Share

Techcrunch - Winning A Bidding War With Facebook, Google Picks Up The Milk Product Team

Video by Graham Hancock

200 million monthly pageviews

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.

Forbes - Digg Bets Big On A New API