Dare to Fail Gloriously

I make websites. Some in the past have made money, but most have failed. In fact, almost everything I have tried to do has failed. My goal now is to build things that get used in real time or fail gloriously. Take note of the amount of dumb ideas and how bad I am at interviewing. No matter how hard you try, you cannot fail 100% of the time. I am tracking all metrics live here and sharing my failings.
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Metrics last updated Feb. 22, 2024, 8:05 p.m. EST (Every 15 minutes).
Current Goal: 4,239 out of 4,400 Followers
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Views: 778,113 (+57 today)
Engagements: 14,741 (+0 today)
Followers: 4,239 (+12 today)
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Marketing Lessons so far

Why obsess about views, engagement, and followers on social media? Like it or not marketing is a skill. Many people who have gotten good at this skill actively use their money and influence to make our world worse.

  1. To get intial people to your website, post and comment on subreddits and hackernews discussions when it is relevant. (Learned at 1 follower)
  2. Many mods will see your website link as spammy even if the users like it. External website links get downranked in any algorithm. Use Videos, Images, and Text instead.(Learned at 8 followers)
  3. Don’t waste time putting a payment link if nobody is even using the website. Even better, get a payment before making the site. This is less fun however. (Learned at 36 followers)
  4. Only the most interested fans will sign up for your email list. Social media gives people with slight interest a noncommittal way to follow you. Also social proof. (Learned at 91 followers)
  5. You can get large amounts of new people to see your website/Instagram/Tiktok/Linkedin one time, but they will repeatedly check out your work on Twitter/Youtube. Convert everyone to those. (Learned at 175 followers)
  6. A quick crutch is to build on top of the effort of others. Ideally something interesting/viral that doesn't have enough attention. Or something from 10+ years ago that everyone forgot. Many top creators played games, interviewed someone, or reacted to other content when they started. As a bonus, you learn what truly creative & good content looks like. Beware of doing this too much. (Learned at 333 followers)
  7. The Tiktok/Youtube/Instagram audience typically wants to be entertained. The Twitter/Linkedin audience typically wants to be part of a conversation. Carefully think when you link to either one. (Learned at 385 followers)
  8. Find people with the type of followers you want. The more followers these people have than you, the better. Be early to comment on their posts with something relevant and interesting. Their early followers will check out your profile. (Learned at 425 followers)
  9. If a post is getting a fair amount of likes and reposts, test out paying to promote it. It seems many followers you get from ads tend to unfollow after a few weeks...suspicious.(Learned at 489 followers)
  10. Summarize breaking news. Everyone is too lazy to read. The earlier you do it, the better. You can post your summary several different times with different angles (funny, informative, etc) to see what sticks. (Learned at 520 followers)
  11. Get bigger accounts to repost, like, and comment on your posts. The easy way is by positively talking about something they are working on (ideally in a unique way) or being on their side in some controversy. The better way is by writing things they find relevant and interesting. You can even link to it in their threads. (Learned at 520 followers)
  12. Post several times a day to social media to get into the algorthim that suggests your content to others without them directly following you. This may take up to 6 weeks. Post a lot in general if not low quality. On Twitter, most influential accounts average up to 2 followers per tweet over time. Also buy Twitter Blue and the Instagram Checkmark. The added benefits to this is you start to form friendships with the other people who post everyday and interact with them. You also start to get a feel for what types of content works with your audience. (Learned at 1,048 followers)
  13. Videos are better than pictures which are better than text. Most people scroll by without the sound on so have captions. Almost no one will watch more than the first few seconds of your videos. (Learned at 2,451 followers)
  14. Every now and then have a post that summarizes everything you have been doing up to now. An underdog story with all the effort, nitty gritty, and failure involved to get somewhere is far more interesting than just showing a result. People also like to hear actionble tips on how they can replicate your progress themselves. (Learned at 2,560 followers - Thanks Farza)

What I'm Doing

Latest. OpenShelf

https://opshelf.com
A Low cost, open-source inventory robot for optometrists and pharmacists.

25. MeowMap

https://meowmap.nyc
A running list of all public cats for free petting in NYC.
Total Views: 194 (+2 today)

24. Neighborhood Detective

https://neighborhooddetective.com
A completely free one man detective agency that handles strange and mundane myseries around New York City. No crime cases.
Total Views: 540 (+9 today)
Total Revenue: $1,100 (unprompted tips)
Notable Cases:
  • Locate a Jen Doe to finish signing over a vehicle title they had sold.
  • Determine if a Jon Doe's long distance girlfriend is a catfish.
  • Why are lantern flies drawn to certain buildings?
  • Who is Carpetman and why is he doing that?
  • Mysterious religious wires surrounding Manhattan.
  • Is West Elm Caleb ghosting women?
  • Are there people living under New York?
  • Spy on mountaintop guarded cult headquarters. Tai Chi, Dancing, Newpaper, Massage parlor, and more involved.

23. Dare to Fail Gloriously

https://dare.fail
Live metrics of everything I am building.
Total Views: 17,296 (+11 today)
Total Users: 24 (+1 today)
Notable Traffic:

22. LazyReminder

https://lazyreminder.com
Reminders by email & text that keep following up.
Total Views: 1,657 (+1 today)
Total Users: 52 (+0 today)
Total Reminders: 92 (+0 today)
Total Follow ups: 412 (+0 today)

21. Elonman

https://elonman.com
Make webcomics with sound and movement. Also an original comic I made about a completely true story.
Total Views: 10,044 (+6 today)
Total Subscribers: 17 (+0 today)
Total Users: 222 (+1 today)
Total Interactive Comics: 157 (+0 today)
Total Users who made a comic: 73 (+0 today)
Notable Traffic:

20. Smarketman

https://smarketman.com
Paste react code (or any other code) into any other website. Good for changing multiple websites at the same time like I have.
Total Views: 1,706 (+15 today)
Total Users: 170 (+8 today)
Total Libraries: 6 (+0 today)
Notable Traffic:

19. Personal Blog

https://mrsteinberg.com
Posts about startups and creativity that I write every 2 weeks since 2018.
Total Views: 28,832 (+2 today)
Total Subscribers: 17 (+0 today)
Notable Traffic:

What I did

Success Rate: 16.67%

18. Phone Scan Tool - FAIL

See if you can be doxxed just from your phone number. Left the company and they shut the product down.
Reason Ended: Lost Website
Notable Traffic:

17. Style Stealer - FAIL

Steal parts of other websites you like and put them into your own. Ended up not being super useful but open sourced the tool from it at https://jamespsteinberg.github.io/styleformatter/.
Reason Ended: No Users
Total Users: 0

16. Ready Return - FAIL

Drop off your packages at local stores instead of the post office.
Reason Ended: Never Launched

15. XueDianNow - FAIL

Remote tech support for Chinese Parents.
Reason Ended: No Users
Total Users: 0

14. ZipX - SUCCESS

Import whatever you want into 18 different South East Asian countries. Once covid started, sold plane loads of masks and hand sanitizer to large customers like the French postal service, Hong Kong government, Hong Kong University, US Customs, and DHL. I was promoted to CEO of the company that acquired mine within a year.
Reason Ended: 2 year Golden Handcuffs Ended.
Total Revenue: $50,000,000
Notable Traffic:

13. Trusu - SUCCESS

Import whatever you want into Hong Kong. Due to major accounting mistakes and running the company on my personal credit cards (whoops!) I was 90k in credit card debt and planning on foreclosing the company and declaring personal bankruptcy the same month we got acquired. At one point I recall having a major fight with my roommate at the time over him rounding down 30 cents on a bill we split.
Reason Ended: Acquired
Total Users: 2,000
Total Revenue: Don't recall the total but $30,000 / month
Money Raised: $185,000 (Y Combinator)
Notable Traffic:
Fundraising Fails:
  • Trusu at Expa Labs (02/16/2017)
  • Trusu at StartX (12/08/2017)
  • Trusu at Northeastern University Idea Ventures (02/09/2018)
  • Trusu at StartX (02/23/2018)
  • Terra Accelerator (06/04/2018)
Acquisition Fails:
  • Trusu at Flippa.com (08/05/2018)
Trusu was a single dollar from hitting the reserve amount in auction. This meant it would have had to legally sell for as little as $3,201 instead of getting acquired and spinning out - eventually generating more than $50 million in revenue as ZipX.

12. Sharesheet - FAIL

A simpler version of Google sheets for your phone. Google sheets isn't THAT bad on your phone.
Reason Ended: Never Launched

11. Hypothesize - FAIL

Run complicated statistical methods on data you have without knowing any statistics. I had to stop when my cofounder and roommate started to believe he was Jesus and I was Judas. He got committed to an insane asylum for a bit and is better now.
Reason Ended: Cofounder Dispute

10. Minty Hand - FAIL

Drag and Drop to create Websites/Mobile Apps from inside a mobile phone app. Recently I found Onuniverse.com launched something similar to what I was thinking.
Reason Ended: Never Launched

9. Video Producer - FAIL

Make videos and commericals for hire.
Reason Ended: No Users (first one churned)
Total Users: 1 (and then 0)
Total Revenue: $300

8. Pedal - SUCCESS

Mobile app for buying gym day passes. The technology, 300+ gym contracts, and contact at Airbnb was interesting enough for us to get acquired for a little.
Reason Ended: Acquired
Total Users: 0
Fundraising Fails:
  • Summer Founder's Program at Pejman Mar Ventures (03/01/2016)
  • Pedal at Angelpad (03/07/2016)
  • Pedal at Techstars Barclays Accelerator (03/14/2016)
  • Pedal at Y Combinator (03/23/2016)
  • Pedal at GGV Capital Stanford (03/28/2016)
  • Pedal at Microsoft BizSpark Program (03/31/2016)
  • Pedal at StartX (04/02/2016)
  • Pedal at ASES VC3 (04/27/2016)
  • Pedal at Expa Labs (05/19/2016)
  • Pedal at Shark Tank (06/02/2016)
  • Pedal at StartX (08/19/2016)
  • Pedal at Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (08/23/2016)

7. Shotput - FAIL

API for warehouse fullfilment and shipping. Customers were the top ~10 Kickstarters / Indiegogo campaigns at the time. All went bankrupt except 2 smaller campaigns. Walmart.com, Tuft & Needle, and Soylent expressed interest but profit would have been too low for any of them. We ended up charging 10 cents a shipment to a bunch of startups with a until my cofounder's personality and behavior became too erratic for me to stay.
Reason Ended: Cofounder Dispute
Total Users: 15
Total Revenue: $8,000
Money Raised: $1,700,000 (Y Combinator, Justin Kan, and others)
Notable Traffic:
Fundraising Fails:
  • Shotput at Y Combinator (06/17/2014)
  • Shotput at Rough Draft Ventures (08/20/2014)
  • Shotput at Dorm Room Fund (10/01/14)
  • Shotput at Y Combinator (12/08/2014)
  • Shotput at Techstars Barclays Accelerator (05/02/2014)
  • Summer Fellowship Program at Lightspeed Summer Fellowship (01/30/2015)
  • Shotput at Newark Venture Partners Labs (02/01/2015)
  • Shotput at Start-up Chile (02/02/2015)
  • Shotput at Dynamo Accelerator (02/14/2015)
  • Shotput at Techstars - Disney Accelerator (04/10/2015)
  • Shotput at Techstars Seattle (04/12/2015)
  • Shotput at Techstars Chicago (04/14/2015)
  • SV Startup Castle (05/19/2015)
  • Shotput went to the Pebble office and didn’t get them as a customer (06/01/2015)
  • Shotput went to the Soylent office and didn’t get them as a customer (06/20/2015)

6. Bad Piggies Games - FAIL

Microacquired a flash game website for $3,000. It was originally making money from Google Adsense, but every month the users would halve until basically all were gone.
Reason Ended: No Users
Total Views: 123,152
Total Revenue: $2,700

5. Muvaza - FAIL

Learn a new language with kids books that get increasingly more difficult.
Reason Ended: Never Launched
Fundraising Fails:
  • Muvaza at Techstars Boston (11/24/2011)

4. Taggm - FAIL

Chat groups put on top of Google maps.
Reason Ended: Never Launched

3. Photon Duck - FAIL

A consulting business started with friends where we made websites for other people. Friend 1 was too busy with schoolwork (we were in college) and I fired them. Friend 2 lost interest until I told the customer we are shutting the company. I had lost interest as well. Friend 2 then finished the project and fought with me for more % of the money.
Reason Ended: Cofounder Dispute
Total Revenue: $3,000 but lost 2 friends

2. Complete your Goal - FAIL

People submitted a single goal they wanted completed and we would text and remind them to make progress on it. We forgot about it for about a year until we realized the hosting server company shut it down along with all the code and users. We didn't use git or backup the database or anything whoops. I will remake this again soon.
Reason Ended: Lost Website
Total Users: 1000

1. Gamecrush Group - FAIL

A website called Gamecrush was paying women to play video games with men online. The idea was to provide the video gaming (by me) and a script of witty things to say. Dumb idea.
Reason Ended: Never Launched

Failure Resume

A list of every opportunity I have ever been rejected from. Many of the same companies were applied to over and over.

Failed Software Developer (2010 - Present)

I have an ongoing extensive failed career in software development with over 10 years of failed experience.

  • CCIS lab proctor at Northeastern University (12/23/2010)
  • Software Engineer at Boston Dynamics (01/31/2011)
  • Software Engineer (Intern/Co-op) at Facebook (02/02/2011)
  • Developer at Goldman Sachs (03/20/2012)
  • Intern at Microsoft Research Team (02/03/2013)
  • Intern at iCeiRA Lab (02/04/2013)
  • Developer Intern at Google (02/04/2013)
  • Intern at Bluefin Robotics (02/12/2013)
  • Software Engineering Intern at Rethink Robotics (02/12/2013)
  • Software Engineer at Tesla Motors (02/15/2013)
  • Internship at NASA OSSI (03/04/2013)
  • Internship iOS Engineering at Wooga (03/06/2013)
  • Intern at Cyphyworks (04/02/2013)
  • Intern at Suitable Technologies (04/03/2013)
  • Internship at Willow Garage (04/03/2013)
  • Intern at American Android (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Barrett Technology (04/04/2013)
  • Software Engineer at Liquid Robotics (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Bot & Dolly (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Bossa Nova Robotics (04/04/2013)
  • Summermonky at Zen Robotics (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Meka (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Otherlab (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Intuitive Automata (04/04/2013)
  • Intern at Industrial Perception (04/12/2013)
  • Developer at Zipcar (04/23/2013)
  • Software Developer at Magic Leap (11/03/2016)
  • Any job at Augmented Pixels (11/03/2016)
  • Software Developer at Meta (not Facebook) (11/03/2016)
  • Software Engineer Generalist at AltspaceVR (11/03/2016)
  • Software Developer at Auro Robotics (11/08/2016)
  • Growth Engineer at Gigster (11/10/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Tinder (11/15/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Airbnb (11/17/2016)
  • Senior iOS Engineer at GrubHub (11/18/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Addepar (11/21/2016)
  • Software Engineeer at Data Minded Solutions (11/22/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Loadsmart (11/22/2016)
  • Engineer at The Human Diagnosis Project (11/22/2016)
  • Full Stack Software Developer at SimplyInsured (11/22/2016)
  • Full-stack Software Engineer at Kinetic (11/29/2016)
  • Software Engineer - Java at Zipcar (11/29/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Snapchat (11/30/2016)
  • Lead Engineer at Drive Sally (11/30/2016)
  • Mobile at Humon (11/30/2016)
  • Full Stack at The Human Project (12/01/2016)
  • Senior Fullstack Software Engineer at UberRUSH (12/02/2016)
  • Solutions Engineer at Facebook (12/02/2016)
  • CTO at ScoutDay (12/08/2016)
  • Developer at Namely (12/08/2016)
  • Back-End Engineer at Applico (12/11/2016)
  • Senior Software Engineer at Blink Health (12/12/2016)
  • Fullstack Developer at TransferWise (12/12/2016)
  • Full Stack Software Engineer at Etsy (12/13/2016)
  • Back-end Developer at Mana Partners (12/13/2016)
  • Software Engineer - Search, Learning and Intelligence at Slack (12/13/2016)
  • Senior Full-Stack Engineer at Republic (12/15/2016)
  • Full Stack Engineer at Swipecast (12/15/2016)
  • Full Stack Engineer at VROOM (12/16/2016)
  • Software Developer at Cadre (12/16/2016)
  • Senior Software Engineer at MM.LaFleur (12/16/2016)
  • Full Stack Senior Engineer at Datatron (12/17/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Troops (12/20/2016)
  • Senior Full Stack Engineer at Give Lively (12/22/2016)
  • Software Engineer, Full Stack at Segovia (12/22/2016)
  • iOS Intern at Arthur Health (12/22/2016)
  • Software Engineer at Amber Garage (12/22/2016)
  • Software Engineer - iOS position at Square (12/26/2016)
  • Developer at Intent Media (12/27/2016)
  • Developer at AlphaSights (12/27/2016)
  • Java Middleware Genie at Omniscience (12/28/2016)
  • Senior Software Engineer at Tattle (01/03/2017)
  • Software Engineer at Noodle Pros (01/04/2017)
  • Backend Engineer at Dash (01/05/2017)
  • Senior Software Engineer - iOS at Warby Parker (01/05/2017)
  • iOS Engineer - NYC at Aura Frame (01/05/2017)
  • Full Stack Developer at Eager.to (01/05/2017)
  • Software Engineer at Fogcreek (01/06/2017)
  • Software Engineer - Alexa Knowledge at Amazon Alexa (01/16/2017)
  • Software Engineer at Squarespace (01/18/2017)
  • Full-Stack Engineer at Bombfell (01/26/2017)
  • Partner Support Engineer at Intent Media (01/26/2017)
  • Software Developer at Mark43 (01/27/2017)
  • Software Developer at Trade.it (02/06/2017)
  • Software Engineer at Google (02/16/2017): Even got several friends' referrals for this one.
  • CTO at Loyalsnap (02/23/2017): The CEO rejected me then used the code I wrote in the interview in production. When I pointed this out and said an estimate of the hours I worked on that if he wanted to use it, he told me I would have to sue him to get it. 20 minutes later he venmo’d me the amount and said don’t sue him.
  • Software Engineer at LookSee Wellington (03/13/2017)
  • Senior Software Engineer, Media Engineering at MLB Advanced Media (06/14/2017)
  • Software Engineer at Perpetua Labs (06/19/2017)
  • Lead Engineer at Lorem Technologies (06/19/2017)
  • Full Stack Engineer at 1/0 Capital (06/21/2017)
  • Quant Developer | Python Engineer at Global Atlantic Financial Group (06/28/2017)
  • Solutions Engineer at Facebook (07/11/2017)
  • Full Stack Engineer at MobilizeAmerica (11/04/2017)
  • Senior Full Stack Engineer - Mongo/Node/JS/React at Cherre (11/07/2017)
  • Software Engineer at New York Times (06/12/2018)
  • Software Developer at Luxury Market (06/13/2018)
  • Web Developer at Luxury Market (06/13/2018)
  • Any job at Digital Ocean (06/13/2018): I sent the CEO ideas for one-click deploy apps hoping he would hire me to make them.
  • Lead Full Stack Engineer at Bowtie AI (06/14/2018)
  • Software Engineer at Republic (06/15/2018): Halfway through the interview the CTO suddenly remembered me and ended it.
  • Full Stack Developer at Paragon One (06/16/2018)
  • Software Engineer at Moved (06/16/2018)
  • Developer at WayBetter (06/16/2018)
  • Senior Developer at Remesh (06/19/2018)
  • Software Developer at HyperScience (06/19/2018)
  • Software Engineer at Kickstarter (06/21/2018)
  • Full Stack Engineer at Ribbon (07/04/2018)
  • Javascript Developer at Higher Learning Technologies (07/05/2018)
  • Mid-Level Backend Engineer at Hinge (07/09/2018): Hinge ghosted me
  • Full Stack Engineer at Cala (07/09/2018)
  • Back-end Developer at Animoto (07/11/2018)
  • Full Stack Developer (Python / Django) at Backstage (07/14/2018)
  • Software Developer at Latch (07/23/2018)
  • Senior Developer at MaestroQA (08/06/2018)
  • Chief Technical Officer at Youthia (10/22/2018)
  • CTO at Harness (10/24/2018)
  • Software Dev / Technical Product at Bubble (11/07/2018): I don't know how this happened, but at one point in the interview they asked me why I didn't try to bring down China from the inside when I was living there.
  • Senior Developer at Relay (11/24/2018)
  • Software Engineering Lead at Headway (11/26/2018)
  • Growth Engineer at OpenPhone (12/11/2021)

Failed Product Management (2016 - Present)

In 2016, I expanded into failing in Product Management as well. Making my start by failing to get the role of Director at IDEO at the age 26, a position to manage over 400 people.

  • Director at IDEO (03/02/2016)
  • Technical Product Manager at Blackstone (11/16/2016)
  • Product Manager at Bain & Company (11/17/2016)
  • Technical Product Manager at Google (11/17/2016)
  • Product Manager at IDEO (11/17/2016)
  • Architect at Horizons School of Technology (11/23/2016)
  • Product Manager at Zapier Product Manager (12/13/2016)
  • Mid - Senior Product Manager at AOL (12/19/2016)
  • Product Manager at Meetup (12/26/2016)
  • Product Manager at Everwise (01/26/2017)
  • Product Manager at ClassPass (01/26/2017)
  • Product Manager at Teachable (01/02/2017)
  • VP of Product at NewtonX (01/26/2017)
  • Product Manager at Glamsquad (01/26/2017)
  • Product Manager at Life Coded (01/26/2017)
  • Product Manager at FutureCo (01/26/2017)
  • VP of Product at WayUp (01/26/2017)
  • Product Manager at Enigma (01/26/2017)
  • API Product Manager at Quovo (02/16/2017)
  • Senior Product Manager at Applico (06/12/2017)
  • Project Manager at Nasdaq (06/12/2018)
  • Product Manager / Digital Go-To-Market Leader at IBM (06/12/2018)
  • Workplace Strategy Insight Technologist at WeWork (06/12/2018)
  • Product Manager at Google (06/12/2018): My 4th attempt at Google.
  • Associate Product Owner, Product Development at Forbes Media (06/12/2018)
  • Technical Product Manager at Adobe (06/12/2018)
  • Product Manager at Slack (06/13/2018)
  • Product Manager at Vestwell (06/13/2018)
  • Project Manager - Product at CBS Showtime (06/13/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Meetup (06/13/2018)
  • Director of Product at Decoded (06/13/2018)
  • Product Manager at Peloton (6/14/2018)
  • Product Manager at Fiverr (06/14/2018)
  • Chief Analytics Officer at Homer Logistics (06/14/2018)
  • Product Manager at Microsoft (06/15/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager – Digital Apps at Peloton (06/15/2018)
  • Program Manager, Uber Eats Engineering at Uber (06/15/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Plated (06/16/2018)
  • Director of product at Moved (06/16/2018)
  • Product Engineer at Experiment (06/16/2018): They weren’t hiring but said I could dig dinosaurs if I moved to Seattle!
  • Product Manager at Transfix (06/16/2018)
  • Product Manager at Agility Talent (06/16/2018)
  • Product Growth Manager at Kenshoo (06/16/2018)
  • Product Manager - Fintech at Fusion Staffing Partners (06/16/2018)
  • Product Developer – Standard DataFeeds Technology at FactSet (06/16/2018)
  • Product Manager—Client Portal and Mobile App at KLA Staffing (06/16/2018)
  • Ecommerce Product Manager at Warby Parker (06/17/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at OnDeck (06/17/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Daily Harvest (06/18/2018)
  • Product Manager at Bonobos (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at National Center of Learning Disabilities (06/19/2018)
  • Technical Product Managerat Beeswax (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at theSkimm (06/19/2018)
  • Digital Product Manager - Corporate Solutions & Retirement Services at UBS (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at Twiage (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at Bravado (06/19/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Yext (06/19/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Jump Ramp Games (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager, Operations at CheapOair (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager - Student Success position at Barnes & Noble College (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at Education Dynamics (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager – Contributed Over-the-Counter Price Data at Bloomberg (06/19/2018)
  • Manager, Product Content at Viacom (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at 1stdibs (06/19/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Enigma Public (06/19/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Yext (06/19/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Merkle (06/19/2018)
  • Product Development Manager, Mens - Tommy Hilfiger at PVH Corp. (06/19/2018)
  • Product Manager at Squarespace (06/19/2018)
  • Education Product Manager at General Assembly (06/19/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Kforce (06/21/2018)
  • Product Manager at SeatGeek (06/21/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager at Flatiron Health (06/26/2018)
  • Product Manager at Fund That Flip (07/04/2018)
  • Technical Product Manager at WorkMarket (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at Workbrige Associates (07/05/2018)
  • Director, Product at FundRx (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at SLING (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at Parachute Health (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at Workbridge Associates (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager, Student Success | Noodle Partners at The Noodle Companies (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at Aaptiv (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at Namely (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager, Innovation at Freshly (07/05/2018)
  • Product Manager at Datadog (07/05/2018)
  • Associate Product Manager(Video Products) at Disney (07/05/2018)
  • Product Owner at Leaflink (07/05/2018)
  • Technology Product Manager at TVID Biz (07/08/2018)
  • Product Manager, TpT for Schools at Teachers Pay Teachers (07/09/2018)
  • Product Manager, Data Products at BuzzFeed (07/09/2018)
  • Product Manager at Density (07/09/2018)
  • Technical Project Manager at Dots (07/10/2018)
  • Product Manager at Codeacademy (07/10/2018)
  • Lead Product Manager at Amino Apps (07/11/2018)
  • Product Manager at Porter & Sail (07/11/2018)
  • Product Manager at Debtsy (07/11/2018)
  • Senior Product Manager at Citi (07/11/2018)
  • Product Manager at Shift (07/11/2018)
  • Technical Product Manager at Dart Technologies (07/11/2018)
  • Product Manager at Vigilant (11/17/2018)
  • Product Manager at Virtual Health (11/17/2018)
  • Product Manager at Facebook (11/02/2021): My 4th Attempt at Facebook. Their name changed to Meta halfway through the interview process leading to many broken links and confusion.
  • Product Manager, Instacart App (Senior - Principal) at Instacart (11/14/2021)
  • Venture | Senior Product Manager, Fund Infrastructure at Angellist (11/14/2021)
  • Product Manager, CX Integrations at Zoom (11/14/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager, Search & Recommendations at Upwork (11/14/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager at Zillow Group (11/14/2021)
  • Product Manager - Subscriptions at Quora (11/14/2021)
  • Growth & Onboarding Product Manager, Restaurants at Square (11/14/2021): The interviewer told me my history is impressive and I would be bored at this job and I should try to start another company.
  • Product Manager at Okta (11/14/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager at Coinbase (11/14/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager – Social & Marketplace Commerce at GoDaddy (11/14/2021)
  • Technical Product Manager at Reddit (11/14/2021)
  • Technical Product Manager, Parsec at Unity (11/14/2021)
  • Product Manager at Webflow (11/14/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager - TikTok Creative Tools at ByteDance (11/14/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager, Twitter Blue at Twitter (11/14/2021)
  • Technical Senior Product Manager, Core Platform at Shopify (11/14/2021)
  • Group Product Manager, Notifications & Personal Productivity at Slack (11/14/2021)
  • Product Manager at Better (11/16/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager, Consumer at Chime (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager (Platform) at NerdWallet (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager - Merchant & Logistics at Wish (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager at Nav (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager at New York Times (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager at Robinhood (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager, Merchant Experience at Extend (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager at Lambda School (11/16/2021)
  • Product Manager - Demand Growth at Cameo (11/16/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager - Seller Onboarding at Fast (11/16/2021)
  • Technical Product Manager, Studio Innovation (Animation Studio Technology) at Netflix (11/16/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager at Noyo (11/30/2021)
  • Product Manager at Loyal Health (11/30/2021)
  • Product Manager at 0x (11/30/2021)
  • Product Manager at Fleetio (12/01/2021)
  • Product Manager at Mavrck (12/01/2021)
  • Software Engineer at Truework (12/01/2021)
  • Software Engineer at Nuna Health (12/01/2021)
  • Generalist Product Manager at Found (12/01/2021)
  • Technical Product Manager at Streamlit (12/01/2021)
  • Technical Product Manager - Cloud Platform at Olo (12/01/2021)
  • Technical Project Manager at World Resources Institute (12/01/2021)
  • Product Manager at Groundspeed Analytics (12/01/2021)
  • Product Manager at Newfront (12/01/2021)
  • Technical Product Manager at Aquabyte (12/01/2021)
  • Product Manager at CitizenLab (12/01/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager - Audiobooks and Gated Content at Spotify (12/03/2021)
  • Product Manager at Found (12/03/2021)
  • Senior Product Manager at Crowdbotics (12/14/2021)
  • Product Manager at Morty (12/15/2021)
  • Product Manager at Smarking (12/21/2021)
  • Product Manager at Bloom Institute of Technology (01/27/2022)
  • Product Manager at Revelry (06/16/2022)

Business Development, Research, and Venture Capital (2011 - 2022)

I failed to branch out several times into different careers such as Research and Venture Capital, failing to give me unique skills in my career.

  • Research Intern at Athena Capital Advisors (08/17/2011)
  • Wealth Management Intern at Merill (11/15/2011)
  • Consultant Intern at McKinsey (01/12/2012)
  • Long Term Internship at BNP Paribas - Global - Paris - Global Equities and Commodity Derivatives - Quantitative Research Assistant Programme (01/24/2012)
  • 20 under 20 (10/15/2012): Too old for the program at 21 years old
  • Long Term Internship at BNP Paribas - Global - Paris - Global Equities and Commodity Derivatives - Quantitative Research Assistant Programme (01/30/2013)
  • Quantitative Research Assistant Internship at BNP - Global Equities & Commodity Derivatives (02/06/2013)
  • Forensic Technology Intern at Stoneturn (02/15/2012)
  • Business Analyst Intern at McKinsey & Company (02/13/2013)
  • Apprentice at Repair Cafe (11/07/2014)
  • Marketing Manager at Book in a Box (03/09/2016)
  • Business Development Associate/Manager at Blippar (11/03/2016)
  • Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (11/17/2016)
  • Associate at Goldman Sachs (12/27/2016)
  • Research To Startup Program at Qater Science & Technology Park (03/27/2017)
  • Video Production Intern at Some Random Guy on Craigslist (04/05/2017)
  • Junior Associate at 500 Startups Canada (06/09/2017)
  • Venture Capital Associate at Interplay Ventures (06/10/2017)
  • Associate at G2VP (06/10/2017)
  • Venture Capital Associate Intern at Quest Ventures (06/13/2017)
  • Business Development Associate at Techstars NYC (06/13/2017)
  • Associate, Venture Capital at GE (06/13/2017)
  • Associate at Madison Paige Capital (06/13/2017)
  • Venture Associate at Flyover Capital (06/13/2017)
  • Associate at Brand Capital (06/13/2017)
  • Venture Capital Associate at Spruce Capital Partners (06/13/2017)
  • Ventures Associate at Plug and Play Tech Center (06/13/2017)
  • Venture Capital Associate - Energy/Tech at Spencer Ogden (06/13/2017)
  • Business Development Associate at HubBot (06/13/2017)
  • Venture Capital Analyst Intern at Asgard Capital (06/13/2017)
  • Analyst at Angellist (06/14/2017)
  • Associate Venture Capital at Interplay Ventures (06/24/2017)
  • Investment Associate Internship at Snow Ventures (07/06/2017)
  • Senior Analyst/Associate at Runa Capital (07/06/2017)
  • Associate at Early Stage VC Firm (07/13/2017)
  • Venture Associate at Hub:raum (07/13/2017)
  • Chief of Staff at Swipecast (08/16/2017)
  • Content Strategist at Youtube (06/11/2018)
  • Developer Advocate at Twitter (06/12/2018)
  • Venture Associate at Primary Venture Partners (06/15/2018)
  • caling Innovation at Varidus (07/08/2018)
  • Associate at Venture/Science (07/10/2018)
  • Venture Analyst at Communities Capital Partners (07/10/2018)
  • Venture Associate at Two Sigma Investments (07/10/2018)
  • Research Analyst at Rad Report (07/10/2018)
  • Analyst at Disruptor VC (07/11/2018)
  • Venture Associate at Ventureout (07/24/2018)
  • Scout at Spearhead Cohort 2 (09/07/2018)
  • Benefit Consultant at Aflac (10/01/2018)
  • Venture Platform Manager at SeedInvest (11/16/2021)
  • Startup and Investor Relationship Associate at Upward Cities (11/20/2018)
  • Venture Capital Fund - Associate at Communitas Capital Partners (11/26/2018)
  • Scout at Spearhead (12/09/2019)
  • Technical Specialist at World Resources Institute (12/03/2021)
  • a16z START (04/25/2022)

Actor/Comedian (2010 - Present)

In my free time, I am a failed actor. Failing to get the roles in many small films.

  • Emcee at Rogue Burlesque (03/10/2010): Attempted stand-up in front of 8 burleque dancers for this.
  • Preppy Ex Boyfriend in Untitled L.A. Pilot, Punk Teens (04/25/2016)
  • Contestant in Radical Body Transformation (04/27/2016)
  • Young Peter in Before The Dark (04/29/2016)
  • Villager in Lack (04/30/2016)
  • Extra in Alone (05/06/2016)
  • Brett in The Adventures of Serena Berg (05/10/2016)
  • Contestant in The Grand Hustle (05/10/2016)
  • Male Lead in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (05/20/2016)
  • Person in Peter and the Starcatcher (05/21/2016)
  • Contestant in Reality Show Pilot Dream Job (06/03/2016): Chosen but the pilot was never picked up
  • Lead in European Indie Film (01/03/2017)
  • Gameshow Contestant in The Wall (08/02/2017)
  • Derrick Reed in Haunted (08/07/2017)
  • Background in Major Comic Book Feature Film (08/08/2017)
  • Background in Major Comedy Feature Film (08/08/2017)
  • Contestant in Love Online (08/10/2017)
  • Model in Amika Shine Spray (08/04/2021)
  • Best Friend in She Said Yes! (08/04/2021)
  • Joey Peaches in Hello, Beautiful (08/07/2021)
  • FBI tech Agent in Jersey Bred (08/08/2021)
  • Homeless Man in Brief Exchanges (08/08/2021)
  • Charlie in Evil Lives Here (08/10/2021): Practiced a southern accent for days
  • Beck in Terminally Chill (08/15/2021)
  • Coffee Aficionado in Taste-Test Ad (08/18/2021)
  • Zeb in Streets & Avenues (08/19/2021)
  • Weird Doug in Comedy Tech Commercial (08/19/2021)
  • Young Business Professional in New York City Innovation (08/20/2021)
  • Person in Mantle (08/20/2021)
  • Hildred Castaigne in The King In Yellow (08/29/2021)
  • Biff in This is Not a Hangover (09/01/2021)
  • Professional in NYC Birthday Clowns (09/03/2021)
  • Flight Attendant/Aspiring Artist Living in L.A. in Upcoming TV Pilot (09/04/2021)
  • Street Human in 2041 Homo Electronic (09/05/2021)
  • Person in The Bandit (09/05/2021)
  • Pawn Shop Owner in Slick (09/07/2021)
  • Aaron in Dream Girl (09/08/2021)
  • Durand in Moral Dilemma Game Show (09/12/2021)
  • Stand-up Comedian in Waiting For the Punchline (09/14/2021)
  • Vampire 2 in Strangers in the Night (09/14/2021)
  • Rich Gallery Goer in Euphoria Style Industry Drama (09/27/2021)
  • Male Crew in the project Cargo Drifting (09/28/2021)
  • Male in New Sport Betting App (10/15/2021)
  • Extra in Saturday Night Live (03/31/2022)
  • Joke Writer for Jimmie Lee The Jersey Outlaw (03/31/2022): Ex: Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well my sex life is insane!
  • Host in Oatly Commercial (04/16/2022)
  • Businessman in The Greatest (04/21/2022)
  • Tyler in Bigfoot Indie Feature (04/21/2022)
  • Chip in MLS Fans (04/26/2022)
  • Quentin in Hello, Beautiful (05/07/2022)
  • Podcast with my friend Charles (09/01/2022)
  • Cyptocurrency Expert Witness in multimillion dollar lawsuit against Coinbase (03/08/2023)I know very little about crypto but sounded fun. Lawyer said I would get torn apart in the cross examination.
  • Punderdome Contestant (04/14/2023)

School Fails

  • The head of my University Computer Science Department, Professor Matthias Felleisen, said I am not in the top 10% of all students he has met when asked by my cofounder.
  • Rejected from my high school's Gifted Program. Although most of my friends got in.
  • My Speech Team coach Mr. Craddock, never let me represent the school for state 3 years in a row competing against 2 others.
  • Tied 6 times for 1st place on Speech Team, but never received one on my own.
  • Business Professional of America (BPA) never placed at State or went to nationals.
  • Most notably, I never even got 3rd place at BPA State even with only 3 people competing as I got disqualified for not handing in my code to place.
  • My Science teacher, Mr. Zimolzak told me I shouldn't take off a 3 days of school to go to State for BPA even though my friend was because I am not as smart and my grades were low.
  • Rejected from hosting my high school's Variety Show. 3 people applied in total and the other 2 were chosen to co-host it.
  • Rejected from my grade school Accelerated Program. Although most of my friends got in.