Before co-founding Vox.com, which became the largest politics site in its first year, I was the Director of Product at The Washington Post where I rebuilt all digital platforms with a focus on innovation.
I've won two SND President’s awards for my contributions to design, created dozens of editorial product teams, and my work has been named best of the year by Gannett and Editor & Publisher.
In my spare time, I obsess over discovering better processes and creating happier, more inclusive workplaces.
“The difference is that Vox is open to experimentation, it demands rapid iteration, and it puts technology-shaping people on par with word-shaping people. The difference is that, in many traditional newsrooms, changing the UI on a page ... would have taken multiple meetings where the tech side’s knowledge would likely have been undervalued. It’s a corporate ethos and a permission structure that means good ideas don’t have to get bottled up. It’s being the kind of place that would build Chorus in the first place. That is Vox’s edge, and you can’t buy that off the shelf.” — Nieman Lab
Dysfunctional newsrooms are characterized by a lack of communication that makes creating new things difficult. A few ways to make newsrooms better.
“We’re able to assemble and build products with little interaction with managers because of trust. And I think that starts with a different kind of communication.”
While most people are hyper-protective of their social media posting, I created a tool that will allow anyone to Tweet from my account while I was on vacation.
I give talks on emerging technology (blockchain, machine learning, voice assistants, 5G), the intersection of product and media, design thinking, and workplace culture. I’m always open to speaking opportunities. Hit me up.