Interview with Bryan English...
If you are a blogger, you want people to read what you write. If you are an 8th grade blogger, you want to learn and "meet" cool people with unique skills. I am so thrilled and honored with the progress we are making.
Today's interview is with Bryan English. Bryan is another guy who works at Gumroad. He is a software engineer/maker and apparently he makes a mean cup of coffee. Either way he did a great job with his interview and I hope you enjoy.
Q. What is it like working at Gumroad?
A. It's rather exciting to be on the team this early in its history and having a part in nearly every aspect of the product. Since there are only three of us right now, it feels sort of like a bunch of friends building something for fun, but also like we're working on something big and important. I'd recommend this sort of work environment for anyone.
Q. Why is Gumroad special?
A. We enable users to sell and promote their digital content as easily as setting their status on Facebook or Twitter. We're enabling direct online commerce in some new and exciting ways. Also we have a really awesome (yet really small) team.
Q. What computer do you use and why?
A. I use a 15" Macbook Pro, with 8GB of RAM and a 256 SSD. The SSD is awesome! I don't think I can ever go back to rotational media. It's just so much faster. I could use a Linux machine, since I spend most of my work time on the command line anyway, but OS X is UNIXey enough and the Macbook Pro is such a well-built device that I'm pretty happy with my machine.
Q. What is your dream car?
A. To be honest, I'm not much of a car person. I've never owned a car, and might never own one. If I had to choose, I'd probably go with something like a future model of the Tesla Roadster. Unfortunately, the current line of Teslas are far too limited in range. I'm open to suggestions on this one.
Q. What in your opinion is the key to great design?
A. I'm not a designer at all, but I think great design for a product is all about making it stay out of the user's way. It should make it as easy as possible for the user to get something done. This is pretty much the only thing that really matter to me if I'm judging whether something is well-designed.
How jive was that? Now for Bryan's desktop background I made something that I thought really suited him.
This is what it looks like...
If you really like that wallpaper, click this link.
That is a Gumroad link that will allow you to purchase this desktop background. The wallpaper is 99 cents and all proceeds will go to the charity of Bryan's choice.
Thanks so much everyone!
And thank you Bryan,