What is your position with MyCase?
Senior User Experience Designer.
How did you end up working for MyCase?
I was head of UX and Marketing at a financial technology startup in Santa Monica called CARD.com. At the time, I was telecommuting from San Diego and traveling up to Los Angeles every other week. I was the first employee, and when I left we had 40 people and I had 15 people directly reporting to me. When Sara, my wife, and I found out she was pregnant, I decided that I needed a job with less stress and less travel.
I was looking for a growing technology company in San Diego with an amazing culture where I felt like I could help make an impact. MyCase was a natural fit, since it had both the startup culture, but also the backing of a more established company. And it was in its growth phase where it had already had a lot of success, but it’s future looked bright. It was a great match.
What does your job entail?
Working closely with the Product team and Engineers, I help design and user-test new features and improve the usability and design of the existing product.
This involves helping the engineering team with UX best practices as they are building features. I also design page flows, mock ups and prototypes, while getting feedback from users.
Additionally I try to think of how other parts of the business, like marketing or VAS, might be aided through UX improvements.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The commute to Sorrento Valley. 🙂
What’s the best part of your job?
The people I work with are awesome. We have a really fun office filled with a lot of very smart and capable people.
Where are you originally from and how did you end up in San Diego?
I’m originally from New Jersey, went to school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and bolted to San Diego right after school. The snowy gray Michigan winters pushed me to find the sunniest place in the country. I’ve been here for 13 years.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like hiking, kickball, running, and snowboarding. But most nights you can find me working late night on some design project or playing guitar.
Do you have any unusual hobbies?
I’m a singer/songwriter with songs on NASCAR, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, and PGA Pro Golf. I used to play as both a solo artist and co-founded the band Holding Air Hostage, playing at venues including The Belly Up, The House of Blues, live on TV on San Diego’s KUSI news, 102.1 KPRI and at the Sunset Sessions where Jason Mraz and Melissa Etheridge also were performing. These days I don’t really perform anymore, except for my one year old. 🙂
Tell us about your family/pets, etc.?
My wife Sara and I have a one-year-old son, Jackson. We also have a tabby cat Napoleon and live in a small craftsman home North Park, San Diego. If you want to hear something interesting, ask me about my pool.
Do you have a favorite saying or quote and if so, what is it and why?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” -Albert Einstein
I’m inspired by imaginative people, new ideas and passion.