We love solving problems intelligently, in clever, faster ways through technology and creativity.
We look for people who have a strong, innate desire to make an impact, who step up to take ownership and search for ways to make things better.
Startups live and die by their ability to execute. We look for people who focus, prioritize and make things happen.
We like to work with open-minded people who enjoy collaborating with others. We have zero tolerance for politics, divas and jerks.
Jianing was most recently a software engineer at Yahoo, where he worked on Yahoo Trip Planner. Jianing has a degree in computer science from Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is unsure if he will ever finish the PhD he started at Carnegie Mellon. Working at Polyvore is just too much fun.
Fun fact: Jianing is an avid rock climber.
After getting his BS from Tsinghua University and MS from Duke University, both in computer science, Guangwei worked at Oracle for four years. He joined Yahoo in 2005 and left in 2007 to co-found Polyvore with Pasha and Jianing.
Fun fact: Guangwei is Polyvore's reigning ping pong champion and has the superhuman ability to eat enormous quantities of food without gaining any weight.
Jess is Polyvore's CEO. Prior to co-founding Polyvore, Jess was a product manager at Google, where she worked on Google Maps and launched features like My Maps and draggable driving directions. After four years at Google, Jess became hopelessly addicted to making Polyvore sets and decided the only cure was to join the Polyvore team. Jess has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Jess enjoys drawing
and owns over 1000 comic books.
Kenson is Polyvore's first non-founder engineer. He was most recently a software engineer for Google, where he worked on search quality for Google Maps. Prior to that, he studied computer science at the University of Waterloo.
Fun fact: Kenson loves all manner of video games and ethnic food.
Nadia heads up our Community group. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in communications, Nadia worked at Nordstrom and Google. As a Google AdWords Account Manager, she managed key retail accounts and helped grow the Online Sales & Operations team from 50 people in Mountain View to hundreds of people around the world.
Fun fact: Nadia is currently looking for a storage space large enough to hold her shoe collection.
Katherine is our Senior Director of Brand Sales. She grew up in the South and hightailed it to New York immediately after graduating from the University of Georgia. She used to work for The New York Times, where she sold advertising to beauty and fashion accounts. She prides herself on finding the best places to shop and eat in the city.
Fun fact: Katherine is mildly obsessed with crossword puzzles, French Bulldogs and world travel.
Although Eric received an economics degree from the University of Virginia, his true loves are puzzles and computers. He has been happily solving computer problems for his entire working life.
Fun fact: Eric enjoys soccer, great food and the Oxford comma.
Cindy grew up in California and never wants to move away. She studied computer science at Stanford University before working on mobile web sites and search at Yahoo.
Fun fact: Cindy works out so she can eat more ice cream.
Lydia has a BA in history and an MA in museum studies. She put her researching, examining, categorizing and cataloging skills to good use working in various museums and archive centers throughout the Bay Area before transferring those skills to the online world, first at Yahoo and now at Polyvore.
Fun fact: Lydia is obsessed with medieval culture so much so that she decorated her daughter's nursery with a medieval theme, has been known to buy clothes at Renaissance Faires and hopes to one day live in a medieval castle.
Jocelyn likes to sew, draw and eat desserts. Before Polyvore, she was a lead designer at Google in areas including search, maps, consumer and Asia-Pacific products. She holds a degree in computer science from MIT.
Fun fact: Red pandas are ridiculously cute.
Nicole has lived in her favorite city, San Francisco, for 15 years. She grew up in rural Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in telecommunications. Before joining Polyvore, Nicole spent 10 years in the affiliate marketing space managing key advertiser accounts and performance-based marketing campaigns. She credits her Barbie dolls for her early obsession with fashion.
Fun fact: Nicole plays bass in the notorious all-gal AC/DC tribute band AC/DShe.
Alan graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelors degree in computer science. Immediately after graduation, he married his wife Gaoder and moved to Japan for a year, while she taught English with the JET program. Prior to Polyvore, Alan was a developer at SmartyPig.
Alan enjoys anime and Japanese culture and loves tinkering
with anything electronic.
Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in communications from Purdue University and launched her corporate retail career in Louis Vuittonâs San Francisco offices. She has worked as an assistant buyer in a small boutique, which led her to New York Fashion Week and gave her an insiderâs view of French and American designers.
Fun fact: Lauren started organizing her wardrobe at age three and found it ironic that her elementary and high schools required her to wear uniforms every day.
Joshua studied computer science at the University of Waterloo. After graduating, he joined Microsoft in Seattle, where he helped deliver Microsoft Office. He later returned to Canada and joined Oanda, an online foreign exchange company working on hedging algorithms.
Fun fact: Joshua went back to Canada for his soulmate. After they were married, he got her to move to the US with him.
Jessie joined with over seven years of experience in online social media. She's done everything from representing site-specific niche websites like Fodors.com and Zagat.com to working on value-exchange advertising at SocialVibe. She has always been obsessed with fashion and style, so Polyvore is the perfect marriage of her passions. She is active in her community in Manhattan, trying to make her city and world a better place.
Fun fact: Jessie's obsessions include acquiring miles, getting new stamps in her passport, the UK and traveling in general. She feels the unnatural need to purchase fine leather goods online (especially purses). Her favorite TV show is 90210.
Rachel holds a degree in computer science, but has found it best to leave the coding to the professionals. Her product management roles, including previous positions at PayPal, Plaxo and Yahoo, have centered around building great user experiences. In her free time, Rachel practices her photography
and, whether at work or at play, loves making people smile.
Fun fact: Rachel's iPod contains more songs by Weird Al Yankovic than any other artist.
Brittany graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in communication. Prior to Polyvore, she managed digital advertising campaigns for San Diego Magazine and launched The Bride Suite blog for Exquisite Weddings magazine. She is thrilled to be back in Northern California and can't wait to start exploring the Bay Area.
Fun fact: Brittany loves mini dachshunds, hot yoga and Cypress Grove's Midnight Moon cheese.
Jennifer previously worked in the Oracle Text group and at the
startup Sawteeth. She graduated from MIT with a degree in computer
Fun fact: Jennifer's favorite leisure activities include reading,
watching reality TV and puzzle hunting.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Kat explored different career paths,
experimenting with corporate tech, streetwear and magazines before
finally landing in her spot at Polyvore.
Fun fact: Kat loves rap music and potlucks and is always down for an adventure. Her spirit animal is Hello Kitty.
Chrystal is a Bay Area girl and went to UC Irvine to study international studies. Even with its beautiful beaches and weather, Southern California couldn't keep Chrystal from returning to the Bay Area after graduation. Since her return, Chrystal has put her passion for working hard to good use, making awesome dreams into reality at start-ups like Ning, Bread and now Polyvore.
Fun fact: Chrystal is surprisingly good at go-karting. Take Chrystal karting and be prepared to eat gravel and smoke.
Michaela is new to the West Coast after growing up in New Jersey and living in New York. While in New York, Michaela studied at Columbia University and called Greenpoint, Brooklyn home. Michaela comes to Polyvore from Buddy Media, where she managed many key accounts. Sheâs been a Polyvore member since reading about the site in The New Yorker, and she canât think of a better place to be!
Fun fact: Many people are surprised to learn that Michaela loves science fiction and fantasy.
Julia has created content for a wide range of clients and media outlets including AOL, Entertainment Weekly, In Style, E! and others. She has been an editor, a writer, a social media guru and (surprise!) a strategic planning/financial analyst. Julia graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in economics, from Georgetown with an MSFS, and was a Fulbright Scholar specializing in international finance.
Fun fact: Julia's first job out of graduate school was designing sets for a straight-to-video action-adventure film. Because of this, she knows how to use a gun. Disclaimer: a prop gun.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Ashley graduated from Penn State with a BA in advertising, then quickly ran to the one city where she never thought she would live: New York. It didn't take long for her to fall head over heels in love with the city, and it has kept her there for the past six years, working first in Sales at Redbook magazine, then Marketing and Events at Seventeen magazine and most recently in Promotions at Vogue magazine. New York has made Ashley even more obsessed with stylish fashion, diverse culture and delicious food. She doesn't foresee the love affair ending anytime soon.
Fun fact: For a while, Ashley lived in Australia, where she went skydiving, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting on boogie boards--yet she is deathly afraid of cotton balls.
Years ago, Greg fled the ferocious geese of the Venice, Los Angeles canals to move north. He has since studied economics at UC Davis and city planning at UC Berkeley. He has also spent more than six years on the publisher side in the affiliate marketing space, developing and growing mutually beneficial relationships. Greg is a true people person who enjoys drawing animals and any activity that involves running, jumping or climbing.
Fun fact: Greg's dad built the second biggest catamaran on the West Coast on a vacant Venice lot in the early 1950s. His father and mother met on that boat. Aptly named Dreamer, it sails today thanks to lots of love...and duct tape, glue and fiberglass.
Mandy joins Polyvore from The Huffington Post where she was a Product Marketing Manager, strategizing ways to monetize editorial and custom content. She was also pivotal in the integration of HuffPo programs into the AOL structure. Prior to that, Mandy worked at The New York Times, where she was in Product Marketing and Advertising Sales.
Fun fact: Mandy is mildly addicted to Tasti D-lite, desperately wants a dog and often refers to the day before the first college football game as the real Christmas Eve.
Brent grew up in the arctic wonderland of Calgary, Canada. Before he left for warmer climates, he served as the Director of IT and Infrastructure for iStockphoto, growing the infrastructure from a single server into a world-class site that redefined the stock photography market. After that, Brent worked for Saatchi Online, building their infrastructure on the cloud.
Fun fact: Brent worked remotely for a couple years, and lived in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Malta and LA, before settling in the Bay Area.
Cheryl is Polyvore's CFO, responsible for Finance, People Ops, Recruiting, Legal, IT, Facilities and Administration. Cheryl has held similar roles as CFO of numerous Silicon Valley startups over the past 12 years. Cheryl's last gig was CFO of AdMob, which was sold to Google in May 2010. She most recently headed up the integration of AdMob into Google for the year after the acquisition. Before Cheryl's shift to tech startups, she was SVP and CFO of the Lexis-Nexis Group. Cheryl began her career at PwC, where she held senior management roles in the High Tech Audit and the M&A groups for 10 years. She is a CPA and holds a BBA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Fun fact: Cheryl loves Halloween and is the President of the Picky Eaters Club.
Christine is a Georgia native, but feels right at home as a pseudo-Yankee in her current city, New York. She has long been obsessed with fashion, technology and media and joined Polyvore to marry these passions. Christine has a slightly unhealthy love of oysters, karaoke, Chick-fil-a, colored skinny denim and ankle boots.
Fun fact: Christine was born a natural performer. When she was six years old, her father took her to see Annie at the Fox Theatre. Christine thought she was Annie and ran up to the stage to claim her rightful spot, screaming the words to Tomorrow at the top of her lungs.
Before Polyvore, Janet was a designer at Google where she worked on Google Maps and Google Places. She holds a computer science degree from University of Waterloo. Janet loves to travel, eat French macarons and play German board games.
Fun fact: Janet is still searching for a hairstylist she likes after living in California for five years.
Gerad is a creative techie with a passion for photography, the outdoors, music and gardening. Gerad likes to spend his weekends and vacations backpacking and hiking in the mountains while capturing magical moments on his camera.
Fun fact: Gerad dreams of guiding nature-oriented, back-country hikes and giving photography lessons in the mountains some day.
Stephanie is a Bay Area Girl, born and raised on the Peninsula. She joins Polyvore from Google. Before that, she was at AdMob, from the very early days through the sale to Google. If she's not working or chasing around her two toddlers and puggle (who she is convinced is also a toddler), you'll most likely find her gardening, on a jog or spending time with friends and family.
Fun fact: Stephanie plans more parties in a year than most people do in a lifetime.
Lisa is a Bay Area native born and raised in San Jose. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University and her MBA from Santa Clara University. Lisa loves to travel and spend time camping and hiking in Yosemite, which she considers her home away from home.
Fun fact: Lisa drives over 1,600 miles every Labor Day weekend to see Dave Matthews Band in concert at The Gorge.
Mike is Polyvore's Controller. He grew up in the South Bay and has made his way 50 whole miles north, to his current home of San Francisco. He got his bachelorâs degree from Creighton University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Most recently, Mike worked at Electronic Arts and has previously held finance positions at Infoblox and NetScreen.
Fun fact: After college, Mike and three friends co-founded Gamut USA, a mountain bike component manufacturer that is still going strong today. Mike also loves Nebraska Cornhusker football.
Amy joined Polyvore from Vogue where she was Art Director. She has a degree in architecture from Kansas State University and a master's in industrial design from Domus Academy. Amy has a love of all things well-designed and organized. (Her favorite Vogue project was disassembling an entire Lexus and laying every part of the car onto a warehouse floor for an installation. The car parts were then recycled to create pieces of fashion.) If she isn't in NYC thinking about typography or finding new restaurants, she is most likely sitting on a beach in the Caribbean.
Fun fact: Amy loves baseball and is a diehard Yankees fan. She is also training for (and completely terrified of) the 2012 NYC Marathon.
Gina recently graduated from Marist College in New York with a degree in fashion merchandising. There, she completed internships at Vogue, Accessories Magazine, Nordstrom and, most recently, at Polyvore, which she found to be the perfect fit! Gina loves world traveling, trying new things and overusing "!" in anything she writes!
Fun fact: Gina loves to travel and plans on visiting every continent. On her most recent trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, her good friend wished her luck on "finding a southern gentleman to bring home." Gina had to inform her that she was visiting the Democratic Republic of Georgia, not the state.
JoAnne studied linguistics and library and information science at SJSU. She spent more than 14 years websurfing at Yahoo before joining Polyvore. People have commented on how much she touches things while she's shopping, which could be why the Exploratorium is her favorite museum.
Fun fact: JoAnne has participated in two Guinness World Record activities: largest group yodel and largest group line dance.
Rob called South Lake Tahoe home, throughout his childhood. He graduated from UC Davis with a bachelorâs degree in managerial economics and is currently an MBA candidate at Santa Clara University. He loves all sports, every board game imaginable and anything else that he can turn into a competition. Within Polyvore, his nickname is "Fluffy" :-) Watch out, or he may "fluff you up"!
Fun fact: Rob does not remember ever crying. The last time Rob's mom remembers him crying was when he broke his collarbone by falling off of a slide at the park at age three. What could Rob's tears could do? Eliminate poverty? Cure cancer? The world may never know.
Brett heads Recruiting at Polyvore. He has a bachelors degree in geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology from Rutgers University. He hopes to one day leverage those academic geological skills in a manner that actually gets him paid. In the meantime, however, he is super psy.ched to be digging for software engineers, as he has done in the past for Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook. In his free time, you will find him alpine rock climbing/mountaineering/telemark skiing, wherever there are mountains. He is also trying to stay upright on his new wheels, and first bike ever, a Harley.
Fun fact: Brett was an avid cook throughout his college years and now owns an extensive cookbook collection; he has successfully made almost every recipe in The French Laundry cookbook.
After earning a bachelors degree in math and computer science at Carnegie Mellon, Kurt worked at SGI for four years doing VRML and trying to promote 3D for the web. Next, he spent spent eight years in the R&D group at PDI/Dreamworks, creating the software used by artists in movies from Shrek to Kung Fu Panda. He then worked at OnLive Inc. for four and a half years doing their 3D user interface. Kurt hasn't had a haircut for decades.
Fun fact: Kurt is a Junkyard Mega-Wars Champion and avid tinkerer.
Amy is a born-and-raised New Yorker who knew she wanted to work in advertising at a young age. After winning a high school marketing competition for creating her own brand of ice cream, she was determined to turn her passion into a career. Prior to Polyvore, Amy spent the past nine years developing promotions for advertisers at People magazine, CondÃ© Nast Digital and Hearst.
Fun fact: In 2003, Amy starred in a reality dating TV show, where she did not meet her husband. Sheâs also an 80s music fanatic and loves karaoke.
Caitlyn works in our Community group. She graduated from San Jose State with a BA in communications, which she put to use on the Jedi customer service team at startup Shopkick, before joining Polyvore. She brings her passion for the community to Polyvore. She is also an avid outdoor festival attendee, craft brew connoisseur and anime watcher.
Fun fact: Caitlyn loves cats and is learning the art of fire spinning. She does not combine these interests.
Ryan started programming when he was five, making the Logo turtle bow to his whims. Since then, he has gone on to learn more than most people want to know about computers, operating systems and algorithms. After freelancing for a few years in Maryland, he moved to the Valley in 2006 and hasn't looked back. Previously, Ryan spent some time on the front-end and infrastructure teams at Plaxo. Most recently, he was the Operations Lead at Reputation.com.
Fun fact: Ryan is a connoisseur of macaroni and cheese. His favorite is his mom's (of course!), followed closely by Wisconsin Mac & Cheese from Noodles & Company.
Rebecca is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from New York (although if you ask her, you'll learn she's actually from LA), where she last worked as a TV and pop culture editor at MTV. She's written and produced punchy entertainment and lifestyle content for a slew of magazines and sites, from Seventeen to Shape and Daily Candy.
Fun fact: Rebecca is eccentrically passionate about visiting thrift stores, antique shops and other fragrant flea markets whenever she travels. Or when she's not traveling. Basically any time. Why? Is there a flea market open?
Keeyong moved to the Bay Area after graduating from Seoul National University and working for Samsung Electronics in Korea. He specializes in web search, big data processing and internationalization. He has worked for several companies after Samsung including Yahoo.
Fun fact: Keeyong likes to watch all kinds of documentaries, especially those about crime and war.
Michael has a degree in philosophy because he has a driving need to know how things work, including all of human existence. He's programmed for machines large and small, from mainframes to Apple Newtons and most sizes in between. When not writing code, he dances ballet with his daughters and hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Fun fact: Michael once hiked across the Grand Canyon. It turns out it's a long way down and a longer way up.
Arnie is Polyvore's Chief Revenue Officer. He has built online marketing businesses since 1999, having served as CEO of Adly, as EVP of product and technology at Fox Audience Network and as lead product manager for Yahoo's search marketing business. Arnie has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from USC.
Fun fact: Arnie believes that every gentleman should own at least one pink shirt. Arnie owns six.
Deepa has her BS in business administration from San Jose State. She was most recently part of the recruiting team at Facebook. Her favorite animals are elephants. She practices yoga regularly, is a voracious reader, and loves to cook and travel.
Fun fact: Deepa was born in India, and her name means light in Hindi. Deepavali, the festival of lights, is one of the most celebrated holidays in India.
Before Polyvore, Cindy was the Visual Designer at Kontagent, a social analytics startup. She plays in the world of UX, but started out in advertising. Cindy holds a degree in advertising/art direction from the Academy of Art University. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially shopping with her daughter Olive, who is also her personal stylist.
Fun fact: Cindy is intrigued by mullets and thinks they will make a comeback.
Stephanie has a degree in economics (after making the switch from computer science!) from UC Irvine. She loves shoes, purses and clothes, and can't find enough room to store it all. On weekends, she enjoys exploring new food venues. She's recruited at both Netflix and Facebook.
Fun fact: Stephanie recently traveled alone for the first time - - - to London and Dublin, and had a BLAST. While there, she satisfied her thirst for Tudor knowledge.
After getting a BS and MS in computer science from Seoul National University, Baisub started his career in the Bay Area as an EAI backend engineer at TIBCO. He worked on comparison shopping engineering at Become.com and Nextag.com, then moved to the mobile internet space at Access and Palm Source among others. Now he's a wannabe fashion mobile evangelist!
Fun fact: Usually careful and timid, Baisub sometimes ends up trying out new projects like a 70-day backpacking trip in Europe, starting a career in the US without much English and co-founding a company. He's currently working on a 180 square foot lawn-seeding project, and next up is a summer RV car-camping trip.
ChingFong was born and raised in Taiwan. After getting his MS and PhD degrees from University of Texas at Austin, he moved west to the Bay Area just like everyone else during the dot-com gold rush. Prior to Polyvore, he worked at Yahoo on web search and at Shanda Innovations in online advertising. He loves traveling and hiking at national parks.
Fun fact: ChingFong once climbed the iconic Mt. Fuji to see the sunrise. The Japanese say, "You're a fool if you never climb Mt. Fuji, and an even bigger fool if you climb it more than once." He couldn't agree more.
Vickie is a Bay Area native, and a die-hard Cal fan. While cheering on her team, she managed to earn degrees in business and economics. She comes to Polyvore by way of Microsoft and, most recently, TrialPay, where she built products that helped publishers convert their users into paying customers. Vickie enjoys fantasy basketball, polka dots, yoga and single malt Scotch, in no particular order.
Fun fact: Vickie has held season tickets to Cal football since her freshman year in 2002, which is starting to look like a pretty impressive streak.
Sometimes the humans joke that Joe is a robot. At least, he thinks they're joking. He can be pretty oblivious. Sometimes the humans call him Joblivious. He thinks they mean it endearingly. He once was a potential math teacher. He's pretty good at math. Ask him about cardinalities.
Fun fact: Joe has a lovebird, a white rabbit, a cactus and British citizenship.
Lori is the Director of Revenue Operations at Polyvore. She began her digital media career at Yahoo where she owned programs and strategy for all paid promotion on the front page. Prior to Polyvore, she led business development at Bunchball across several key partnership categories, and was the General Manager at Betawave, a vertical ad network targeting youth and moms. Lori graduated from UC Berkeley where she majored in economics and psychology.
Fun fact: A Bay Area native, Lori remembers the days when Cupertino had apple orchards instead of Apple campuses. She dreams of returning to those simpler times someday and running a coffee shop in Lisbon, Portugal. Until then, she is diligently working her way through Level 1 of Rosetta Stone Portuguese.
Vishwa is an aerospace engineer turned software engineer turned product manager. Most recently, he was at WePay, managing their web and mobile products. In addition to an aerospace engineering degree, he holds an MBA, but does not want to talk about it. As a father of two girls, he is an expert at playing princess. He dreams of a scotch-and-golf trip to Scotland.
Fun fact: Does being bitten twice by monkeys count as a "fun" fact?
Matthew was born and raised in Baltimore where he started his first business at age eight and got his first job as a software developer when he was 15. He studied computer science at Georgetown University before moving to San Francisco to work for Yahoo Fantasy Sports.
Fun fact: Matthew makes a mean glass of water.
Sheila is the Head of Communications at Polyvore. She is a seasoned professional with a creative and sophisticated approach to all facets of communications. She was most recently Head of International Communications at Yahoo! and held other Global Product and Technology Communications roles there. Prior to that, she spent time at Symantec, AOL, Access Communications and Cisco Systems. Sheila loves to listen to good music, eat at delicious restaurants and play hide-n-seek with her kids.
Fun fact: One day, Sheila aspires to be the winner of a chicken nugget eating contest.
Andrea studied screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, then got her MA in poetry writing at San Jose State - ideal (if accidental) preparation for her eventual careers as a bookseller, a teacher of English composition and, finally, a web surfer at Yahoo. At Yahoo, Andrea's favorite projects included writing about web trends for the Buzz Log, forecasting search trends and creating such curious directory categories as Travel Buddies and Props - a category inspired by her own habit of taking photos with a travel totem named Mr. Hunter.
Fun fact: Andrea has synesthesia, which means that she sees numbers and letters in color ("Polyvore" is a blue and white word for her) and that listening to music is like being immersed in a vivid, colorful, alternate dimension.
Rodolphe was born in LA, but raised in the Bay Area. Educated 100% in California, he got a BS in cognitive science at UCSD and an MA in learning, design and technology from Stanford. He came to Polyvore after doing all manner of webstuff for ClickAway, Zindagi and, most recently, Ifeelgoods. He lives with his wife (Anne) and two cats (Admiral Jenkins and Megatron).
Fun fact: Rodolphe has worn both of his cats as hats. Neither cat enjoyed it.
Susan is a native New Yorker, but is allergic to snow, so she trekked out west to attend college at the University of Arizona. After graduating, she briefly lived in SF before moving to NYC to work for an architecture and design firm. She soon realized that she had left her heart in San Francisco, and has been in the City by the Bay since 2005. Susan previously worked at eBay within their Distributed Commerce team, managing strategic merchant and publisher relationships. She's a serious shopaholic and bargain hunter and is up for any shopping challenge.
Fun fact: Susan loves random '80s movies (especially ones with montages), enjoys building IKEA furniture and has an unhealthy addiction to cilantro. She also hopes to become fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Jon was born and raised in the wild west (of Canada), and holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Before Polyvore, Jon worked on embedded processors at Broadcom and graphics processors at NVIDIA and AMD. In his spare time, he enjoys downhill skiing, reading and discovering new food.
Fun fact: Jon is a board game enthusiast and frequently travels with a stash of games in his car (you know, for emergencies).
Deyan received degrees from Tsinghua University, China and UC Santa Cruz in electrical engineering and computer science. Prior to Polyvore, he spent most of his career in the EDA industry, solving interesting problems of extraction and routing for IC chip designs.
Fun fact: Deyan enjoys snowboarding, boat-fishing , running and hiking. The most exciting hiking trip he has done is to Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States.
Hongjie is originally from Ping Ding Shan, China which is very close to the famous Shaolin temple in Jet Li's kungfu movies. He graduated from Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an (a must-see city due to the terracotta army there) and came to the US in 2007 for his master's degree at the University of Florida. Yes, he is a Gator. Hongjie worked at a few fun companies including Grooveshark, AT&T YP and and, most recently, Stumbleupon as a mobile software engineer.
Fun fact: Hongjie is a hardcore sport-fighting fan. He practiced muay thai kickboxing, boxing and taekwondo for a lot of years and, recently, started to learn jujitsu. When he is not in the gym, he loves driving long distances to some random nowhere place. Hongjie loves the water.
Jiaming has a BS from Peking University and an MS from Kansas State University, both in computer science. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area in 2000. Jiaming worked for Cisco for two years on IP phones, then Adobe for nine years on quite a few key Adobe products, including many versions of Acrobat and Photoshop. Most recently, Jiaming was a staff engineer at Paypal, working on Point Of Sale.
Fun fact: Jiaming likes to watch American TV dramedies. She also loves animated films from Studio Ghibli. She would like to watch TV shows and movies while on her treadmill so as not to be a couch potato. Jiaming also loves to go to beach, and one of her dream jobs is to play a cartoon character at Disneyland.
Shou is from Brooklyn, New York. Before coming to Polyvore, he worked at Yahoo, Raptr and Wicked Loot Studios. He has his BS in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Fun fact: Shou served in the Navy and worked on the flight deck of a destroyer. He also reads Reddit -a lot!
Scott is Polyvore's VP Engineering. He is a backend/systems engineer at heart, who accidentally became a manager while at Google. Most recently, Scott was the SVP Engineering at Bazaarvoice, where he grew the eng team from 25 to 150 and helped IPO the company. Before Bazaarvoice, Scott held many different leadership roles including engineering manager at Google. Scott is a Boston native and die-hard sports fan, who adopted Austin as his home since 2005. He's an avid gamer, part-time wannabe rock star and father of three young kids.
Fun fact: Scott plays lead guitar in Driver. They recently went on tour with Patrice Pike from Sister 7. If he could have dinner with one person alive or dead, it would be Dave Grohl. One of Scott's prized possessions is his Dave Grohl guitar.
Jen was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri. She got her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in SF for the past eight years. She has worked at LocalResponse, Google, AdMob and AOL, selling and running sales teams.
Fun fact: Jen loves running and has run eight marathons as well as a handful of triathlons. These days, she sticks to shorter runs since she just had her second kid.
Elaine worked at Nokia and GREE before joining Polyvore. She enjoys data-related stuff. Her interests include data analytics, data mining and backend data storage. She spent a few years at school in the LA area, but she definitely loves the Bay Area much more than LA.
Fun fact: Elaine loves cats, dogs and horses. She often goes to Half Moon Bay to feed two horses that live near the Ritz Carlton.
Allison ran away from pharmacy school to the deliciously dark side of business and marketing at Ole Miss, where she also managed the women's vollyeball team. Following a six-year stint at SAS as an account manager for the media and entertainment practice, Allison found her perfect fit: Polyvore. Her new account-executive job feeds her love affair with NYC along with her passion for fashion, social media and technology.
Fun fact: Allison loves fall in NYC, pumpkin spice anything and vacations to her family farm in Tennessee (hometown population: 783). She also has a mild obsession with red-bottomed shoes. While it has nothing to do with her alma materâs colors, a good Loub does come in handy for cheering on her fave SEC boys. Hotty Toddy!!!
Born in Louisville, KY and transplanted to the Bay Area at age 10, Kelsey grew up in two very different (yet equally awesome) cities where she developed a love for both college football and Apple products. In 2009, she headed up to Vancouver, Canada to earn her degree in international relations from the University of British Columbia and then made her triumphant return to the Bay to find a job in tech/marketing. With two years at Speck Products under her belt, Kelsey is excited to be at Polyvore! Paid to Pin, she's technically working when not working. Kelsey also enjoys hiking, wine tasting, winning, arts and crafts and hockey.
Fun fact: Kelsey loves miniature things, especially those that retain proportionality to their full-sized versions. Here are some examples: baby shoes, mini Coca-Cola bottles, dry terrariums, doll house furniture and Li'l Sebastian.
Cedric grew up in rural Alberta where his closest neighbors were a mile away. His love of technology drew him to Calgary where he studied network engineering at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. By day, Cedric is a mild-mannered systems guy. He enjoys Yoga Nidra, cycling and electronic music festivals.
Fun fact: Cedric always wanted to be a beatnik, but could never grow a goatee.
Rex was born in Taiwan and came to the US for his computer science and engineering degree from UC Davis. Prior to Polyvore, he was a software engineer at Pronto Games, Buongiorno, and GREE. He likes playing basketball and watching anime in his free time. His favorite NBA team is the LA Lakers, and his favorite anime is Fist of the North Star.
Fun fact: Rex won a dodge ball championship when he was in the military.
Born in Key West, FL, Danielle grew up in a military household and relocated to Mountain View at age 12. Despite living on the East Coast during her early childhood and attending college in LA, she considers herself a Bay Area native and wouldn't call any other place home. Danielle recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology, and is excited to begin her recruiting career with Polyvore! She's had a lifelong passion for fashion, enjoys traveling and is addicted to Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
Fun fact: Danielle is obsessed with bargain shopping and has no problem spending hours hunting for the perfect find.
Born and raised in China, Daniel came to the US in 1998. After earning a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Daniel joined Lamar University as an assistant professor. After January, 2008, Daniel worked as a search engineer at Microsoft/Bing and at A9.com (Amazon product search) for roughly three years each.
Fun fact: Daniel loves to watch sports games and plays soccer Sunday afternoons.
Kyle studied digital media and minored in computer science at East Tennessee State University. He started out doing web UI/UX design then became interested in an opening in the programming department where he worked. He loved the puzzles and problem-solving that came along with the job. He most recently worked at Groupon where he worked on the interaction tier team in charge of creating the front-end platform adopted by all Groupon web app teams.
Fun fact: The majority of Kyle's college tuition and expenses was paid for by winnings from playing card and video games competitively.
Tiffany is a Silicon Valley-raised tech lover, IPA enthusiast and hospitality and tourism graduate of Cal Poly. Prior to Polyvore, Tiffany worked at the mobile application company shopkick where she served as office ninja, EA, and manager of transmitter operations. Outside of work she loves to engage in verbal jousts with strangers, bake for public consumption and think about exercising. Just before joining the Polyvore team, Tiffany drove from SF to Ithaca, NY in five days.
Fun fact: Tiffany's been on two reality TV shows.
Originally from Sacramento, CA, Katelyn got her start in software at age 13, and has worked on a variety of computer products including video games, web browsers, virtual worlds, and compilers.
Fun fact: Katelyn used to do studio mixing/recording for albums and radio shows.
Kong is a Bay Area native and a graduate of Sonoma State University. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young, working in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Kong also held technical and operational roles at Gap, Inc. and Electronic Arts, and is a licensed CPA. Although he maintains a hip and cool exterior, he is a serious accounting nerd on the inside.
Fun fact: Kong has an affinity for sneakers, particularly classic Jordans. He is also a hard-core Raiders fan, but not the scary kind.
Eujin obtained her BFA in photography from art school and was previously digital editor at Dwell. She lives for restored film prints and plans on mastering Chopins Etude Op. 10, No. 3.
Fun fact: Eujin has never seen snow.
Ann hails from Southern California, but put roots down in the Bay Area after graduating from UC Santa Cruz. With her super-practical creative writing degree, Ann is ever so happy to have landed in tech and is obsessed with the evolving role of content on the Web. Prior to Polyvore, she worked in web search and e-commerce by way of Yahoo, Blekko, and eBay.
Fun fact: If you combine Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, you would get Ann's spirit animal.
Yue grew up in Shanghai. She completed her MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of South California, but loves learning and continues to take online courses. In her spare time Yue enjoys life by eating, singing, and hiking.
Fun fact: Yue is upping her street cred by learning hip-hop.
I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. I came to the States after high school and graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in graphic design. In my spare time, I like online shopping and looking at fashion bloggers' look books. At Polyvore, I can do both things all day!
Fun fact: Karina plays basketball and listens to Korean pop.
Born and raised in China, Song moved to the US after he graduated from Shanghai JiaoTong University. He visited several other states before he figured out that California is the best place to live. Prior to joining Polyvore, he worked at Cisco in system software engineering.
Fun fact: Song loves reading history books: history of the world, history of China, history of finance, etc. He believes "history always repeats itself."
Step into my office...
Winners of our Puzzle Hunt offsite
Celebrating the site's birthday
Polyvore member couerdcouers7 visiting our NYC office
Our dino-friendly HQ
Ping pong tournament
Our toughest interviewer, Alfie
Hosting a Tech Talk on Lean Startups
Puzzle Hunt team colors
Impromptu snack hour of lardo and cured meats
Blindfolded beer tasting at Happy Hour
'Alfie filing our important papers
Cupcakes at our SF Community Meet Up
Gold medal winners of The Polyvore Olympics
Pub Night with trivia
April Fool's at Polyvore
#ThatAwkwardMoment where you all wore the same pants
Team birthday cupcakes
Tech talk on design
Puzzle hunt offsite
Hosting a tech mixer
The Good News Gong
Usability testing with community members
Chocolate selection from The Chocolate Garage
Lunch outside on a sunny day in Mountain View
Upgrading our "hardwear"
Just say "cheese" (and wine) at the weekly Polyvore happy hour
Getting ready for NY Fashion Week
Halloween... Polyvore style
Celebrating Orange October
I always feel like somebody's watching me! #aprilfools
Tie Thursday at Polyvore
Standing under the Yellow Umbrella Award
Birthday flowers in our NY office
Just a little friendly in-house competition at the Great Polyvore Bake Off
What's a party without karaoke?
Team USA taking first place at the annual Polyolympics!
Another average day at the office... #strikeapose
Setting up the NYC office for a special photo shoot...
Pillow fight in honor of our launch into the home vertical!
Making the launch official with new team swag...
The Comms team learning how to letterpress on their off-site!
Another gorgeous day in California...
The plants have eyes! #googlyeyes
When a problem comes along, you must stick it!
Polycakes for Happy Hour #polyvoremeetup
Gerad and his entry for the Bake Off, eggnog stollen. Mmm!
Office #OOTD with Susan and Brittany!
Layer up! California winter is finally here!
We love Polyvore #custom products!