A person or team who inspires or influences dreams to change the world, especially in a particularly meaningful endeavor.
I joined my first online community after my mom brought home a 386 and a 2400-baud modem from work. Since then, I've been drawn to communities that share a common desire to help each other. Threadloom is meaningful to me as a way to bring back mutual respect and personal dignity to the Internet. I'm excited to work with an amazing team that practices this daily in person.
My wife taught me to enjoy hiking, since I rarely hiked as a kid. The most awe-inspiring hike we've been on is Milford Track, but my favorite regular hike is Fall Creek Unit at Henry Cowell State Park. Our family likes to go on a medium-length loop that's well-shaded and follows the water, which is my favorite part of the hike. Sometimes, we'll make dams in the creek; other times, we'll just stop and listen to the flow of the water. My second favorite part is the bridges and fallen trees. And if the weather is warm, we'll stop by the visitor center and get Marianne's Ice Cream.
Forums: Tesla Motors Club, FlyerTalk, Slickdeals, r/meraki
My favorite projects are the ones that challenge the status quo and require creativity to think about solving problems in new ways. And I love working with thoughtful, caring people who constantly consider how to build the best product for our users. At Threadloom, I've got both! I'm excited by our team and mission to strengthen online communities and help people find others who share their interests.
I've always had wanderlust and jump at the chance to explore new places. It doesn't hurt that doing so allows me to sample beer and whiskey around the world. This photo was taken on my birthday at a brewery in Reykjavik, Iceland. One of my fondest memories is touring the country with my wife, watching the Northern Lights ripple overhead across a landscape of ice and snow.
Forums: Comic Book Resources, Slickdeals, r/whiskey
As an engineer, I enjoy being close to the product and trying to design the simplest solution to a problem. At Threadloom, I'm inspired by our values-driven, talented, and humble team. I'm excited to help build a company that is thoughtful about our role in our local communities, the vibrant online communities we work with, and society as a whole.
The photo is me on top of Haleakala at sunrise with my kid, who is now a high-energy toddler in every way. :) When I get to travel, I most enjoy finding hikes or ways to take in beautiful views. I love mountains, which I'm lucky to be surrounded by in the Pacific Northwest, and I celebrate them every sunny day we get!
Forums: Baby Bargains, LetsRun, Kitchen Knife Forums
My earliest online forum experience was a forum for a book series that I read as a teenager. These days, I love to pick up new hobbies and skills, so I'm constantly on forums to learn. One of my favorite parts of working at Threadloom has been getting to know the forum owners, admins, and mods that are responsible for cultivating these amazing communities, and learning how they do what they do.
We have two dogs that keep me active and entertained! I love taking them to new places where they can explore and exercise their curiosity. This picture is at a beach at Deception Pass in Washington State, one of our family’s favorite camping spots.
Forums: Styleforum, AVForums, Woodworking Talk
I love the innovative culture of a startup, and working with talented engineers who are humble and conscientious, yet courageous and determined. Outside of work and family time, I enjoy reading, watching the San Francisco Giants, mentoring youth, gigging as a live sound engineer, and planning family road trips to obscure small towns.
They say that baseball mirrors life because if you succeed 30% of the time, then you're already an elite player. San Francisco Giants is a classy sports organization that reaches out to children in underserved communities with the Junior Giants program, of which I have been a volunteer coach. The best part is making a difference in those kids' lives. It was an honor to receive the 2018 Willie Mac Junior Giants Coaching Award on the day this photo was taken.
Forums: Nextdoor, Goodreads, TalkBass
I enjoy applying technology to solve novel problems. To date, this has been mostly in the areas of search technology, social networks, and cloud computing. Today, my main focus is on building next-generation products and experiences at Microsoft. Before that, I was Vice-President of Product Engineering at Medstory, a search application for health information acquired by Microsoft.
While growing up, I would go skiing and snowboarding several times a year. I love the thrill of flying down the mountain and the visceral feel while carving an edge. Now, it's super fun to go with my three kids to play in the snow and hit the slopes.
Forums: Stack Overflow, Bogleheads, Slickdeals
I like building software that helps people get stuff done. I frequently find myself on forums looking for advice on the strangest things, like what to do if your kid left a hard-boiled egg in his track bag for a whole summer, or how to simulate a Peruvian highland climate in your home to keep the family chinchilla alive. I also like working toward a common goal with smart and humble people who respect the value others bring to a project.
I love the outdoors. While I'd love to live in the middle of the wilderness, I'll settle for a weekend hike or an overnight camping trip at a nearby county park with my husband and three children. This picture is me at Mt. Madonna, enjoying a moment of peace while hosting an overnight birthday party campout for a pack of 13-year-olds.
Forums: Chinchilla Club, Good Reads, Berkeley Parents Network
Forums were the first social network I was exposed to. I could connect with knowledgeable people across the globe. I eventually started building my own communities in areas that were interesting to me. After 16 years of sales and acquisition, I was responsible for over 100 active communities. The most challenging task of managing a community is to see it grow through curation of content. This is why I am thrilled to work as a part of the Threadloom team, to help admins in different verticals bring their best content to the forefront of the Internet.
One of my favorite things to do is to go on an hour-long hike where cell reception is questionable at best. Just as I leave Umstead State Park, I realize I haven’t gotten any notifications and the forum world I’m in didn’t collapse. It’s a reminder to get outside and enjoy the world around me.
Forums: Slickdeals, Gun & Game, FlyerTalk
While participating in a high school robotics club, I developed an appreciation for tactile, mechanical switches that eventually led me to the mechanical keyboard community. This was my first experience in forums, and I had a blast diving right in. Before I knew it, I was part of a private tour at a keycap manufacturing plant! At Threadloom, I strive to enable others to explore their interests and discover communities like I have.
In my off time, I enjoy riding and maintaining motorcycles. This photo of me is at Cape Flattery, one of the scenic pit stops I visited along a 1,000-mile motorcycle tour of the Olympic Peninsula – the kind of trip that I look forward to several times a year! I use forums to learn and have fun with others who share my passion for the sport.
Forums: Geekhack, Deskthority, PNW Moto
I started my forum journey with terminals without processing or rendering power. All you could see was text transmitted line by line from a mainframe computer. And you could only type ASCII characters. However, I enjoyed it so much that I skipped dinner, sleeping, and games. In exchange, we found friends, partners, and mentors. To me, this was the golden age of the Internet. That’s why Threadloom’s mission of connecting people around common interests is so meaningful to me.
I’ve been addicted to badminton for the past eight years. I feel really bad if I can’t play for more than a week.
Forums: BadmintonCentral, mitbbs
After graduating from Cal in the EE/CS program, I worked on DSP emulation at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, cache coherency at Sun Microsystems, Bluetooth/WLAN coexistence at Qualcomm Atheros, and custom memories at Novelics. When I'm not working, I love playing the piano and spending time with my husband and two kids.
I enjoy most puzzles, but my favorite is the megaminx. It's a type of rubix cube that I keep in my purse, and bring out whenever I have time to kill. It's deceptively simple to solve but still keeps me occupied for 20-30 minutes. It doesn't run out of batteries, require Wi-Fi, or disturb other people with random noises. My kids enjoy learning about it and solving their own patterns (solid center, star, etc.). It's even helped me meet people who were curious about it!
Forums: Stack Overflow, TalkCockatiels.com
I am pursuing a degree in Data Analytics from Washington State University. I am also an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha, where I served as president in 2018. Outside of school, I am an avid fast food connoisseur and enjoy golf, water skiing, and snow skiing. I enjoy data and efficiency, and want to contribute to a world where individuals gain access to more information and have the power to make the right decision every time.
Growing up as an only child, I gravitated towards individual sports. In middle school, I began to play golf regularly and became extremely passionate about it. I continued to play golf throughout my childhood and played competitively in high school. I enjoy golf because it lets me get outside and relax. My favorite course is Prospector in Cle Elum, Washington, and I’m currently a season pass holder at Palouse Ridge in Pullman.
Forums: Newschoolers, r/fastfood