I just accepted a full-time position at a small startup in San Francisco as a lead Developer and Product Manager. The company is called Old School Industries LLC and is a combination of two businesses: Quizlet and Collectors Weekly.
I’ve been working with the founders, Dave Margulius and Andrew Sutherland (student at MIT), for around 6 months remotely and on short term trips as a contractor, and have now decided to accept an offer with the team full-time. I’ll be responsible for developing new features on both websites, improving user experience, increasing monetization, and overall growing the businesses.
Quizlet.com is a studying website that lets students make flashcards online and study in a more effective and more fun way. The site serves over a million students each month, has over 750,000 registered users, and has over 50 million user-generated flash cards. As only the second developer on Quizlet, I’m excited to grow the website in huge ways and spend most of my time helping make studying better for a lot of people.
Collectors Weekly is a resource for all things collecting, antiques, and vintage. It’s a combination of great original content and providing tools to browse eBay in a better way (SuperBrowse example). I just helped launched its new geo-targetted events section and will spend about one third of my time developing new features for this site.
This is an exciting time and a big opportunity for me as I’ll be able to significantly impact the growth and success of the startup. It will also nice to be able to focus all my work attention in one direction rather than juggling many projects, as I’ve just graduated from UF and won’t be continuing freelance web work. And of course, moving to San Francisco from Florida will be a big change and I’m excited, although I’ll still get to fly back every so often. Wish me luck!