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Jake Savin

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Passion for great user experiences! Past: social, podcasting, RSS, web services, digital media, DVD & audio, at startups, MidCos, and BigCos

Passion for great user experiences! Past: social, podcasting, RSS, web services, digital media, DVD & audio, at startups, MidCos, and BigCos

followers
following
4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Back End Engineering
  • Mobile Engineering
  • Product
  • UI/Design
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In

Advisor

Play-it Health
Play-it Health

Positions

Senior Technical Project Manager L4 Digital January 2015 - present
Technology Advisor Play-it Health September 2014 - present
Director Of Project Management Black Pixel August 2013 - July 2014
Senior Project Manager Black Pixel May 2013 - August 2013
Product Owner Hitachi Data Systems July 2012 - May 2013
Program Manager II Microsoft May 2006 - June 2012
Lead Developer UserLand Software April 2000 - May 2006
Software Engineer Mac Publishing, LLC November 1999 - April 2000
Software Engineer, Build Engineer Sonic Solutions January 1998 - November 1999
Software QA Engineer Sonic Solutions October 1996 - January 1998
Recording Artist (bassist) Roadrunner Records September 1992 - May 1996

Education

Reed College Music Theory and Composition, Psychology 1987 - 1992
Harvard University Physics (not for credit) 1985 - 1986
Pembroke Hill School math/sciences 1983 - 1987

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Marketing
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Web Development • Product management • User Experience Design • Software Design • Mobile Applications

Key Accomplishments

I'm a passionate user-oriented software professional with over 15 years of professional experience, and programming experience on personal projects going back to the early days of personal computers.

I've worked as an individual contributor in various engineering capacities in three startup ventures in consumer media, web publishing, and cloud infrastructure. And at Microsoft I worked as a PM on large scale consumer apps including Messenger and the communications apps for Metro/Win8.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

By biggest personal strengths are strategic thinking, communication, ideation, and maximizing the value of other team members.

I've also been privileged to have worked on multiple high-visibility products and technologies, across many industry segments. My very broad experience is uncommon, and can help avoid strategic and engineering pitfalls which are the death of many new products.

I have access to a professional network which includes some well-known people in the iOS/mobile, social network, and web publishing worlds, that could be very valuable depending on the project/product.

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1
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Scott Young
We worked together
I worked with Jake at UserLand. He was our best engineer/product manager. He can spot trends, works well in complex environments and knows h ... ow to build solutions that work.
Stuart Davidson
We worked together at Sonic Solutions
Every time I talk to Jake I come away with new insights about where the internet is going, and where the world is going. He's a guy who can ... roll up his sleeves and build a working system, talk to customers, manage a schedule, and generally make things happen; and all of that with a great sense of humor. Above all he's a creative thinker with deep insight into business and internet culture. In short, he's just the guy you want next to you in an early stage company.
Scott Young
We worked together  •  Software Applications, Silver Spring Networks. Previously Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Ensim Corp..
Jake is intuitive, balanced and intelligent entrepreneur. .
Kimberly Gandy, M.D., Ph.D.
They're my advisor: PlayIt Med  •  Duke/Stanford trained digital health entrepreneur. Health Engagement prototype gaining traction. Looking for cofounders to enhance & scale.
Jake is a highly personable, creative, and knowledgeable individual with experience in a wide range of IT areas including a wide range of ba ... ck end and front end development needs. His experience spans from coding through project management to large systems design. This unique insights into these many components can be invaluable for groups trying to evaluate the options for strategic direction in digital technology.

Kimberly Gandy, M.D., Ph.D.
They're my advisor  •  Duke/Stanford trained digital health entrepreneur. Health Engagement prototype gaining traction. Looking for cofounders to enhance & scale.
Kimberly is driven to deliver great mobile experiences in the medical space.