I'm all about the ideas. I can't stop myself from thinking about new ideas, breaking apart what makes an idea great, and reconstructing an idea to fit new contexts. Visual thinking helps me map out these ideas and roasted & salted cashews help me sustain my blood sugar.
What skills do you bring to a project team?
I am a natural collaborator and find that working in a team is often the most generative and productive method for problem solving. I love to ask questions, counter assumptions, and ultimately pinpoint the essence of an idea.
Soft skills: team work, problem solving, analytical writing.
Hard skills: Drupal 7, TextWrangler, Optimal Workshop’s Treejack, Omnigraffle, Adobe’s InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Visual & Graphic skills: oil painting, charcoal sketching, figure drawing, ceramics and welding.
Why did you choose the Product & Design Track?
Adam Sigel. He and I met at a networking event in early fall 2013. After about 30 seconds (maybe less) of listening to Adam talk about his job as a Product Manager, I was convinced I needed to BE him. His enthusiasm about the product and the way he talked about being a translator between clients, designers, and engineers immediately clicked for me. I wanted to understand the product, understand the goals of the project, and be the force the coordinates the combined effort. If I remember correctly, all I could say when he finished was: "I NEED TO BE YOU." Thankfully, he was able to point me to Startup Institute before I invested in a costume for impersonating him.
I hear you're not into getting it "right." What's that about?
Great question. I believe that if you think you're right, you've already got it wrong. Focusing on "getting it right" signals to me inflexibility and unwillingness to learn. In short, it's about a certain mindset. There is always more to learn, more to understand, and more than one way to solve a problem. It's only when we're open to the risk of the unknown, the risk of "being wrong," that we give ourselves the opportunity to grow.
Would you rather live in the future or in the past?
The future, hands down. When I think about how much has changed over the course of my short time on the planet so far, I can’t help but feel there will be so much that I will miss out on after I’m gone. I view the advancement of technology and research as only a tool for positive future growth.