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We’re a distributed team of creators & doers located across the globe.

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Harish Venkatesan

Founder/CEO

Last Skill Learned

Stand up paddleboarding โ€” my big takeaways were to balance, find momentum, and enjoy the (inevitable) falls.

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Daniel Shapiro

Founder/CTO

Favorite Skill Learned

It's a close tie between writing DAX formulas in Power BI and properly folding a fitted sheet.

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Patrick Multani

UX/UI Designer

Last Skill Learned

Reading with a pen in hand and seeking opportunities to employ systems at work and in life.

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Edgar Salazar

Software Development

Last Skill Learned

How to build my own PC and procure its components with very limited availability.

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Austin Basallo

Operations Lead

Favorite Skill Learned

Cliffdropping on my snowboard!

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Mandy Kerr

Director of People Ops

Favorite Skill Learned

My favorite skill learned has been a career in the learning and there is still more to learn! It is the ability to listen deeply and empathetically, then to use what has been heard to empower the team member's journey forward.

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Alexa Harrison

Content Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

Budget travel hacking.

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Emma Shimmens

Admissions & Communications Lead

Last Skill Learned

Paddleboarding! I've wanted to have a go for so long, and absolutely loved it. A few wobbly moments, but didn't fall in!

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Matt Shaw

Head of Engineering

Favorite Skill Learned

Playing guitar and creating various genres of music.

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Melissa McDougall

Community Support Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

My favorite skill I've learned is speaking another language. I've been able to make so many impactful connections as a result of speaking more than just English and I'm grateful for that experience.

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Emily Ho

Community Manager

Last Skill Learned

Making small animations in Figma using interactive components!

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Chris Ohman

Operations Associate

Last Skill Learned

The art of long-haul roadtripping.

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Emilyann Gachko

Admissions Representative

Favorite Skill Learned

My favorite learned skill (and one I continue to learn more about!) is training horses. Every horse is different, so there's always something new to experience.

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Timothy Moore

Curriculum Strategist

Favorite Skill Learned

Architectural drafting and sketching.

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Robbin Arcega

Learning Experience Designer

Last Skill Learned

Guitar! I learned fingerpicking from one of my younger brothers so I could play the first bit of "I Want it That Way" by the Backstreet Boys.

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Crystal Campbell

Mentor Lead

Last Skill Learned

Beekeeping.

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Jessica Campbell

Mentor Operations Lead

Favorite Skill Learned

Watercoloring! I picked it up randomly a few years ago and it has been really fun learning new techniques and honing in my craft.

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Zeynep Ozkasim

Support Lead

Favorite Skill Learned

Soccer - I can bounce the ball a lot :)

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Nicole Locklair

Career Services and Partnerships

Last Skill Learned

Still in the works, but learning how to raise a child in New York City.

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Nicola Bolton

UI Developer

Last Skill Learned

How to draw characters realistically in the hope that one day I will create a children's storybook.

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Joseph Cane

Support Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop - the first skill that I learned that allowed me to combine my love for art and tech.

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Rudi Goddard

Admissions Representative

Last Skill Learned

I recently learned how to read the Georgian alphabet, which is unique compared to any other writing system in the world.

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Sam Friedman

Designer & Illustrator

Favorite Skill Learned

Drawing! (been doing so for as long as I can remember)

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Katie Prutzman

Community Support Specialist

Last Skill Learned

How to add lighting effects to illustrations in Procreate and how to make milk foam tea at home.

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Rutendo Ndenga

Customer Support Specialist

Last Skill Learned

I learned team-building facilitation. It helped me to value teamwork, learn the dynamics that impact its success, and our uniqueness.

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Claire You

Support Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

Choreographing dance! Organizing bodies and movement in space teaches me to think decisively yet infinitely.

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Ben Judy

Flexion

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Mike Villa

Wizeline

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Lillian Bisset

UX/Product Design Leader

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Marc Alcobรฉ Tallรณ

Neugelb (Commerzbank)

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Anne van Diepen

Edenspiekermann

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Saygun Erkaraman

Automattic

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Jess Cohen

Eventbrite

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Jaskharan

Mettle

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Fran Polito

Hunters Atlas

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Slobodan Cuic

Symphony

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Shopify.com

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Walmart

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UX Designer at Amazon

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UX Designer at Microsoft

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UX Designer at SpaceCAMP

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Product Designer at Glassdoor

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Product Designer at Royal Caribbean Cruises

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UX Designer at American Express

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