• Acquired by CloudBees in February, 2018. • Helped make Codeship one of the best Continuous Integration & Delivery products in the market. • Worked with the founders...more and product leadership on design thinking, strategy, and execution. • Lead the vision for the UI & UX throughout Codeship. • Helped to reinvent the design and development process, in addition to how this affects the overall product development process. • Responsible for taking the Codeship brand to the next level.
• Lead the vision, design, strategy, and development of many projects. • Worked with the founders to develop the strategy and direction of the product. • Played a key...more role in improving our design process as a team. • Designed and managed a style guide which played a major role in the product design process. • Created and built design experiments to test new features on thousands of users. • Developed the front-end and back-end for many projects and components throughout the app.
Founder, Director & Creative Director
2011 - 2014 (about 3 years)
After a few years of leading projects at ZURB and as a freelancer, I was ready for a new challenge. In early 2011, I founded Octopus and we exploded right of the gates. Our...more team and portfolio grew very quickly around the brand and culture that we’d built. As we grew, I lead the design team as Creative Director and then a couple years later as the Director to focus my energy on business development and other growth opportunities for the business. In 2014, I sold Octopus to a partner.
As one of the first designers to work for ZURB, I had an amazing opportunity to perfect my craft and work directly with the founders for several years. I learned so much about...more design and usability then. I was also able to put a lot of practice into my development skills and became very well rounded as a designer and developer. As the design team grew, I was made a Design Lead and began leading more projects, traveling, and presenting work to our clients.
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What I Do
I'm a generalist specialist. I love learning, so I take the opportunity to grow at every opportunity I get. As a result, I'm commonly one of the most efficient and effective members on the team as a skilled communicator, manager, designer, developer, and doer-of-whatever-it-takes.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
I really loved Yvon Chouinard's book, Let My People Go Surfing. He's a successful businessman who founded Patagonia, and legendary character with very strong opinions on how to run a business and to develop a strong culture in the workplace.
What's your favorite non-business book?
Probably my favorite book at the moment is Royal Robbins' book, To Be Brave. Royal is a legendary rock climber who pioneered the climbing culture that exists today. As a climber, he's been one my hero for many years, and I've been fortunate enough to meet
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Being creative. That can be manifested in many forms, and luckily that's a large part of what I get paid to do every day. I'll always seek to learn and be creative every day.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Don't stress. Keep going. Work hard and everything will follow.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
I was talking to an artist one day and he told me that our child was the most beautiful creation you'll ever make. I'm sure there's something to that :)
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Yvon Chouinard from Patagonia, Doug Tompkins from the North Face, Elon Musk from Tesla, Steve Jobs from Apple
What's your super power?
Learning other people's super powers :)
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
By email is usually best if you don't already have my phone number.
What words of wisdom do you live by?
"Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say."