I was the Founder and CEO of posterous.com, which was acquired by Twitter in 2012. Before that, I was a software engineer at Apple.
I love building products for normal people. I’ve never owned a PC. I’m inspired by great companies that put users before profit: Apple, Audi, American Express, Amazon, Costco, and many others.
I was born in London, England but grew up mostly in Torrance, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. My parents were restaurant owners, so I grew up working in all aspects of the business. I was a waiter, delivery guy, and I balanced the books.
I graduated in 2002 from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science. Despite plenty of opportunities to start a company, I instead took a job at my dream company, Apple Computer. Apple was still a struggling company, but I followed my heart. I worked at Apple for 6 years as an engineer on Final Cut Pro. I helped build the real-time playback engine and scaled Final Cut Pro to HD.
I moved to New York City and while there I started Posterous to make it easy for me to share photos from my iPhone to my blog. I built the first version myself, for myself. I never thought it would turn into a company. I met my wife, Kate, in New York and we moved back to San Francisco together after Posterous raised angel funding.
As the CEO of Posterous, I grew the team to 21 people. I managed an incredible group of folks and helped set the company’s product direction. I also helped the company raise over $10M in funding. Posterous was used by millions of people around the world through our website, mobile apps, and via email. We were acquired by Twitter in 2012.
I admire and am inspired by companies like Apple, Audi, Amazon, American Express, and Costco. I don’t believe you have to sacrifice on quality of product/service or user privacy to build a successful company and make money.
In my spare time I enjoy cars, poker, food, wine, photography, traveling, and spending every single minute with my wife.
Quotes to live by:
Apple’s goal isn’t to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products. We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence we’ll make some money. But we’re really clear about what our goals are. We try not to bring out another product that’s just different. ‘Different’ and ‘new’ is relatively easy. Doing something that’s genuinely better is very hard.
– Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc.
Me and Steve: