What program are you graduating from?
I graduated from the Web Development Immersive at General Assembly in March 2016. Before WDI, I was the Sr. Content Strategist at a small agency in Chattanooga.
What startup/tech projects have you worked on?
Most recently, I worked on the brand strategy and fundraising deck for investors who are developing the former Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary into a craft whiskey distillery and tourist destination. I did the same for Oh Boy Sports, a sports social media startup based in Jupiter, Florida. In 2013, I wrote and produced “The Day After Stonewall Died,” a short film that eventually won the Cannes Short Film Festival.
What tech/tools are essential to you?
How do you stay informed & on top of emerging trends?
My daily reads are The Verge, Fast Company, Kill Screen and USA Today. I do meetups and hackathons whenever I can. And I share stories, ideas, and news with my GA buddies on Slack.
What are your best technical or creative skills?
First and foremost, I’m a writer. For me, every big vision or cool app starts with clear, simple, bulletproof English. I’m also very sensitive to what I’d call the “cinematic” aspect of user experience, i.e., how users react to the content, timing and sequence of what they see on a screen. I’m a competent graphic designer but prefer to work with truly illuminated designers and help bridge the gap between the creative and business concerns of a project.
What’s next on your list to learn?
Why the interest in startups and the technology field?
We’re living in a world that’s engaged in a 24/7 digital conversation. The rules for communication, media, and human experience are being rewritten in code. Tech startups are the leading edge of this historic revolution, and I want to be a part of it.
Are you interested in working for a startup, mid-sized company, or a corporate giant?
I’m looking to work with talented, optimistic, hard-working people who respect both the necessity of risk as well as the value of discipline. I think those people can be found in every size and flavor of business, from garage hack startup to 800lb corporate gorilla.