This Friday, join Women 2.0 for Founder Friday San Francisco at Zoosk’s office in San Francisco – hosted by Ruchi Sanghvi (Co-Founder, Cove – acquired by Dropbox) along with special guest Beth Budwig (UX Manager, Zoosk).
By Kristin Bradley (UI Developer, Zoosk)
“A Zoosk engineer promised me I would learn more in my first year than in the previous four years of my career… and it turns out he was right.” – Beth Budwig, Zoosk UX Manager (pictured, right).
Here are a series of short interviews with some of the great women working in Zoosk’s Engineering department.
Beth Budwig – UX Manager
Kristin Bradley – UI Developer
Sue Anna Joe – UI Developer
After deciding not to pursue a degree in graphic design, I completed my college career with a Bachelor’s in Communication and Journalism. In the early 2000s, however, I returned to my creative interests and began my career in graphic and web design as a freelancer. I eventually accepted a position at a web agency as creative director. In that capacity, I expanded my skill set to include work with content management systems, project management, customer training and search engine optimization.
What do you do at Zoosk?
I build the DOM structure and CSS for new web platform features, fix layout bugs, and offer feedback on new features. I also suggest ideas for improving the existing user interface. Each quarter, I report customer usage of browsers, operating systems and screen resolutions as well.
What first attracted you to working at Zoosk?
The culture at Zoosk dovetails well with my own values. Among these are open communication, a customer-centric approach, high standards and a work/life balance.
What do you like most about your job?
I love building a product used by millions of people worldwide. Our customers deserve a fun and engaging experience, and I love playing a part in their enjoyment of our product.
What do you like most about working for Zoosk?
My favorite aspect about Zoosk is the people. Our teams are comprised of outrageously smart, professional, and dedicated nerds who take their jobs seriously but still know how to enjoy themselves.
Sara Navidpour – Software Engineer
Women 2.0 readers: What is your favorite part about working in a startup’s engineering department? Let us know in the comments!
About the guest blogger: Kristin Bradley is a UI Developer at Zoosk. Prior to Zoosk, she worked for Involver as a frontend web developer for custom Facebook social marketing applications for brands including Levi’s, Nike, Lilith Fair and jetBlue. Before moving to San Francisco, she lived and worked in Japan for 6 years. Born in California, she grew up mainly in Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, majoring in fine and applied arts with an emphasis on visual design. Follow her on Twitter at @kristinlb.