About Me

Hi, I'm Doug and I like building awesome products.

Specifically, I'm passionate about building mobile, web, and consumer-focused products with major impact. While I'm not working on tech projects, identifying market trends, or learning more about the tech industry, you can find me reading, rock climbing, biking, playing a variety of sports, or brewing beer.

My Career

Microsoft Office

I currently work in Microsoft Office designing and developing collaboration tools to help people work together better. Take a look.

August 2013 - Present
Senior Program Manager

Graduation

In May 2013, I graduated from the University of Virginia with a Computer Science major and Engineering Business minor. Feel free to read my Thesis Portfolio, which includes my report on social entrepreneurship through a case study of Elon Musk.

May 2013
Student

Microsoft Business Solutions

During the summer of 2012, I designed, managed, and developed a cloud-based search feature for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

May 2012 - August 2012
Program Manager Intern

IBM Systems & Technology Group

I co-designed and implemented a visualization for an IBM Smarter Water system that retrieves and monitors hydrological and meteorological data. Check out our architecture whitepaper.

June 2011 - May 2012
Software Development Intern

For more details, take a look at my resume.

Special Projects

giv2giv

During college, I helped develop a web platform for giv2giv, a nonprofit organization, to make and monitor micro-endowment donations to charities of their choice. Learn more.

Vistandes

During college, I built an internal HR management system for Vistandes, a boutique vineyard and winery, in Mendoza, Argentina. Learn more.


What I'm Learning

I love learning and I'm always looking for ways to improve myself both personally and professionally. Here are some books and podcasts I'm currently hooked on and find entertaining and valuable. If you have suggestions for other awesome content I should take a look at, please let me know!

Books


Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

By Phil Knight

Pro Tip Learned: When you believe in your team's mission and are willing to persevere against all odds, you can be successful. Just be prepared for the long haul.

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

By Alistair Croll & Benjamin Yoskovitz

Pro Tip Learned: You won't know what metrics to focus on until you can describe your business model as simply as a lemonade stand's.

From Impossible to Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue

By Aaron Ross & Jason Lemkin

In the process of formulating my pro tip.

Food & Beer

By Daniel Burns, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, & Joshua David Stein

Pro Tip Learned: Take pride in your work and always be on the lookout to rethink how customer's experience your product.

Check out other books I've recently read and those up next.


Podcasts


Seeking Wisdom

By David Cancel & Dave Gerhardt

Seeking Wisdom is the most useful, engaging, and motivating podcast I've listened to. Too many learnings to count. Pro Tip Learned: You don't read to memorize. You read to unlock what you already know.

a16z

By a16z

Pro Tip Learned: Listening to smart people talk about topics you're unfamiliar with sparks ideas and creative solutions to the problems you're trying to solve.

StartUp Podcasat

By Gimlet Media

Pro Tip Learned: Starting a company is hard work, but you're not the only one going through it. Just keep grinding.

Good Beer Hunting

By Michael Kiser

Pro Tip Learned: Seeing how breweries create great products, develop a loyal fanbase, and iterate based on feedback, inspires my own approach to work.


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