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: Slickdeals, r/whiskey
I enjoy being close to the product and trying to find simple solutions to complex problems. 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 oldest child who is now old enough to hike on her own. :) 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: TalkBass, FlyerTalk
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
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
The internet has always been a place where I’ve gone to explore my interests. Often I found myself most engaged with perspectives founded in personal experience and backed by data. This led me to study data analytics at Washington State University. As a recent graduate, I’m excited for the opportunity to begin a career where I can help people make informed choices and explore the things that they are passionate about. Outside of the office I enjoy spending my time golfing, on the water and skiing. In fact, I got my first introduction to forums on Newschoolers, a free-skiing forum.
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
I am a perpetual student and love doing things that challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone. The journey to mastery is exhilarating; I strive to be a Renaissance woman. I love creating and building products that have a positive impact on the world and it’s even better when I’m working with fellow unapologetic do-gooders.
When not trying to save the world, I can be found escaping in a good book while surrounded by my babies (human + feline).
My first online community experience was from bulletin board systems, where my brothers would download shareware games (Duke Nukem was the best). This is how I got into computers, and eventually software development. I really enjoy working on products that have a positive impact on people.
When I need to temporarily escape from reality and relax, there's nothing better than playing video games. I've grown up around video games almost my entire life, from playing Combat on the Atari 2600 to battle royale games on the PC. I also enjoy playing Roblox with my kids.