in december, i signed with blend labs as their first ever product intern! i'll be spending my summer in san francisco working on their core product, and i'm super excited to work with such a talented team that is experiencing growth. i did my best to be extremely deliberate with my choice of where i wanted to go this summer, and found that blend was able to uniquely offer me a chance to work in product management with an extremely strong team, on a core product i find extremely interesting, and do a lot of real, high leverage work.
tools (to be) employed
designer && developer @ democracy2.1
in early 2016, i worked with democracy2.1, a non-profit working on alternative voting mechanisms for democracy, and synopia, a french political thinktank, to design and ship la vraie primaire, an independent primary for the 2017 french presidential election. the site was built on the democracyOS open-source framework, which provided the debate platform for the webapp. i, with one other backend developer, customized the framework, consisting of node.js, express.js, stylus, and jade. i also designed and built the bootstrap/angular homepage.
product && growth @ nearpod
for the past couple years, i have worked with nearpod part-time during the school year. i met the ceo and cofounder, guido, in his time as a stanford d.school fellow, and since then have worked on numerous special projects for him with the growth and product teams. with the growth team, i worked on optimizing the sales funnel for nearpod's freemium model for individual teacher accounts, while on the product side, i designed the first widespread high school design thinking curriculum, and am currently product managing the school or district administrator onboarding and management platform.
campus director @ kairos society
i first got involved with the kairos society on stanford's campus towards the end of my freshman year. while i personally find the global society pretentious and/or unnecessary, i love the community we've built in the bay area across stanford and berkeley campuses. i've met many very impressive people (especially those at cal) who i consider close friends through kairos, and building the community by recruiting new members and holding events is something i look forward to every week.
supreme commander @ treehacks
since my sophomore year, i have been an organizer with treehacks, stanford's national hackathon. i tend to pick up varying odds and ends, putting out fires everywhere from operations and logistics (highlights include setting up treehacks' first ever hacker registration process the night before), to design, to admissions (where we successfully admitted a group with a 50/50 gender ratio, one of the first hackathons to do so successfully!), to marketing and social media; i've recently picked up ownership of our twitter and medium accounts; i also manage the group's finances as the financial officer, with sole access to the bank account of several hundred thousand dollars.
trading intern @ jane street capital
i spent the summer of 2015, after my sophomore year, as a trading intern at jane street capital. the internship program was extremely rewarding, where i met a ton of extremely smart people, and i learned a ton about how traders think about the world. experiencing diversity of worldviews is incredibly valuable, and the trading mindset has been extremely powerful. while at jane street, i worked on a day to day basis on various trading research projects on equities and international exchange-traded-funds, finishing >20 over the course of the summer, some of which were profitable to the firm.
software intern @ bloomberg
designer @ stanford2025
as a freshman, i was lucky enough to get to work with the stanford d.school on their flagship project that year: @stanford. working with an awesome team of undergrads under nina church, we ran prototype workshops for the paced education concept, and pitched our findings to university administration via a massive exhibition/designed experience at the stanford d.school.
student @ stanford
i've been a student here at stanford since fall 2013, doing my bachelors in economics and masters in computer science, and planning on finishing in june 2017. i do my best to make the most of my time here, which to me means finding meaningful work outside school and building great relationships, not spending my time in classes.
water research @ michigan state
i worked on water research with the masten lab at michigan state university through the high school honors science program during the summer of 2012. this was a very transformative experience - it convinced me i did not want to go into academia. in particular, i studied the use of iron oxide columns in series with ceramic membranes to filter natural organic matter from water - the thesis was that use of these columns (which are much easier to replace than membranes) would reduce the rate at which membranes foul. this turned out to be true, and similar technologies are now used in parts of southeast asia.