Shelfari's team has grown substantially in
the last seven days, so I thought it appropriate to introduce you our
new best friends.
As you may have known, Shelfari (Shelfari.com , our Facebook application, the blog widgets, and our upcoming OpenSocial widget) is built and supported by two men, both named Kevin. They work long hours, efficiently creating great products and releasing them to the world. Last week, we added three new full-time team members: Jason Hills, Aaron Colwell, and Mike Smuga to take some of that burden off their backs and help us move faster. You'll want to get to know them, so here's a blurb about each one.
Jason's specialty is in building the user interface of software and web sites, and will bring his wealth of experience to Shelfari. He joins us most recently from HouseValues, and previously cut his teeth on Microsoft Word, rode the startup road at Cozi, and lived through the dot-com crash and aftermath at Construx Software. Jason is also our company pilot. He builds planes (yikes!) and flies them around the beautiful Puget Sound. He is also enjoys ice climbing, racing cars, and skydiving. So, hopefully we'll have him longer than a life insurance actuary might predict.
Like a few of us at Shelfari, Aaron hails from RealNetworks, where he was a software developer for nine years (a certified eon in Internet time). Aaron worked with Real's top clients to customize server software and spent several years building RealPlayers for set-top boxes, phones, and a variety of hand-held devices. He helped launch the Helix Community, developed high-performance media delivery systems, and managed the RealLabs Systems Research Group. Josh and Aaron became friends during this period, and have stayed in touch since then. As you may have guessed, Aaron is the man who will ensure Shelfari performs better and better, and can support the mounting load you all keep piling on our servers. (Don't stop! We'll catch up soon.)
Mike left Microsoft after nearly seven
years to join our team. At Shelfari Mike will work with Tim to create
an incredible user experience that is second to none. At Microsoft he
worked as a program manager, focusing mostly on mobile phone products,
including Windows Live Spaces, Hotmail,
Messenger, and Windows Live for Windows Mobile. Kevin D worked with
Mike when Kevin was fresh out of school, and remembered how talented Mike
was and how great he was to work with. Mike will be reading over all of the
feedback, recommending what should come next for Shelfari's products, and
prioritizing how we will get it all done. So don't be shy. Tell Mike
what you want. He wants to deliver.
We're really excited to have these new folks packed into our Pioneer Square office, and expect to see a dramatic improvements to our products, which we already think is pretty great. (Hubris, I know. But what can I say?)