2013 - 2014
2009 - 2014
Co-founder, CEO (2012-2014), Engineer, Product
Acquired by about.me
Acquired by Google
I'm a product designer in New York City.
I joined the game during the Web 2.0 years, working and learning from the greatest at Digg. Next, I co-founded a mobile app incubator called Milk with Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka. This led to a Google acquisition, followed by a move to New York City on a 5,500 mile motorcycle adventure. Working amidst a budding NYC startup scene, I bought back an old project called Wefollow, rebuilt it and had it acquired within 7 months. I then collaborated on a few more side projects, including one that makes it rain on your friends. In my free time, I was racing amateur laps at NJMP Thunderbolt.
I am available for iOS (proof of concept only), design, and product consulting.
Below is an overview of what I’ve built.
I joined the about.me team following the acquisition of Wefollow. Working with Tony Conrad, Ryan Freitas, and more great minds, I entirely revamped the search product. About.me has a wealth of data -- users spend a good amount of time describing themselves, complimenting, and creating collections – all valuable data to use when searching for someone interested in something obscure, like “Falconry”. I modeled this data into a custom graph database, then put the search product on top of that database with a new UI. This allowed us to rank results on level of interest.
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 designing and Elias Friedman writing and marketing. The relaunched product was a better system to rank people within their interests based off their social networks.
In early 2013, Wefollow was acquired by about.me.
After seeing hilarious Venmo commentary, my designer friend Adam and I had an insight. People often use Venmo during fun life moments. We created an App that lets you take a photo of your friend and “make it rain” on them via the Venmo API. Check out our promotional video! (We think Snapchat’s video was inspired by it)
Daniel Burka, Kevin Rose, and I formed an incubator in 2011. Oink was the first product — an iOS app to rate anything around you. With other apps, you could get the overall rating of a bar — but you didn't know the best cocktail there. Oink was to solve that problem. My role for the project was “all things technical”, including the backend, up the stack until the app. Including sysops, I built systems to deploy and maintain a highly scalable backend for Oinks iOS client. Oink has similar characteristics to other apps — feed, profile, posting, sharing, etc. Oink was then shutdown in 2012 following Google's acquisition of Milk.
This project was for the design and implementation of Digg API v2. Screenshots from the developer’s site with documentation. Addison Kowalski did the visual doc/dev site design.
The Digg API v2 introduced writable APIs, 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.