Hi, my name is Brian. I'm a user-centered product leader, writer, and community builder in Austin, Texas. My core values are empathy, craftsmanship, continuous improvement, and trust.
My work is at the intersection between people, products, and processes—specifically the way the how of the work infuences the outcome of the work. I love live music, short novels, and talking to uncommon, friendly people.
Say hi at bb.place or @bb.
Let's talk about
- Building better teams
- Building better products
- Creating healthy, thriving communities
- Finding common ground and enlarging the circle of we
- Writing, editing, blogging
- Career development
- Any of my favorite things
- Any of your favorite things
I'm the VP of Product at Pingboard, leading product strategy and development. As part of the founding team, I also started and led design, data, content strategy, support, and people ops teams.
Previously, I was the Labs Product Manager at Return Path, leading experimental product development of web and mobile apps.
Before that, I was part of the founding team at Gowalla. As the Glue Guy, I managed multiple teams, development projects, and virtual good economies.
A few highlights
- Profiled for the @yet weirdos project
- Completed a Go programming course
- Learned Jobs to be Done and demand side innovation from Bob Moesta in a 3-day workshop
- Joined the founding team at Pingboard
- Wrote Uniquely Yours for the 16th issue of Offscreen Magazine
- Co-authored a paper presented at Web Science 2016: Social Machines in Practice: Solutions, Stakeholders and Scopes
- Profiled in Fast Company: Finally, A Social Network That Won’t Turn Us Into Addicts–But How Will It Thrive?
- Created Uncommon in Common, a front porch for the internet and one-of-a-kind online community with members in 25 countries
- Began my formal product management career at Return Path
- Consulted for Votizen, a political startup
- Got acquired by Facebook
- Learned Ruby on Rails from Chad Fowler and Dave Thomas in a 3-day workshop
- Went to SXSW Interactive 9 years in a row
- Joined the founding team at Alamofire, later Gowalla
- Interviewed about blogging by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Dallas Morning News
- Wrote a book for Jossey-Bass called The Blogging Church to help non-profits and churches use blogs to share their stories and start communities. Seth Godin wrote the blurb for it.
- Led my first team of web developers and designers
- Managed Linux servers and wrote code in my first technology role
- Became the 13,420th person to join Twitter
- Published my first blog post in 2001
- Graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Philosophy and Political Theory
- Learn more on LinkedIn