Pi Day 2008 was my last day working at Google, meaning this week marks my second year working at Polyvore! What an amazing 2 years it’s been.
The last few months have been particularly exciting…
Eddy & I are engaged! He proposed in a purikura photo booth in Tokyo on December 21st, 2009. The moment was captured on film, but you can’t see my face because I’m wearing a ridiculous fur hat (it was cold!). We’ve been together for 5 years. :-)
Polyvore has a new CEO. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy joined our team! She has a ton of impressive credits to her name, including that she ran Google Asia Pacific & Latin America, founded Yodlee, was the first bizdev person on Google Maps (bringing our Google Maps alum count to 5!), and has been on the cover of Fortune. I’m looking forward to learning lots from her. I’ve been lucky to have had some great mentors over the course of my career.
Style Advice is launched! Polyvore has a new feature that lets people ask & answer style questions. So far it’s doing great — the average response time is 8 minutes, and it goes up to about 4 minutes during the daytime. Questions range from “How do I wear harem pants?” to “How do I bring 80’s style into the 21st century?” to “What should I wear in a zombie invasion?” Huge kudos to Liz Xu Wilson for singlehandedly building this feature. Liz was the tech lead of My Maps and is one of my favorite people to work with in the entire world.
Polyvore was on TV. A big first for us! CBS Philadelphia did a great piece on Polyvore. They even interviewed one of our community members, a woman from Philadelphia named Shedgy who makes beautiful 50’s and 60’s inspired outfits. You can watch the clip at CBS3.com.
I gave talks at two conferences. I hate public speaking. I get terribly nervous and awkward onstage (some of the Google Maps team may remember my terrible speech at Geo Developer Day). But in the spirit of facing your fears, I’ve been trying to force myself to do more public speaking. I spoke at the Chictopia10 social media conference at New York Fashion Week, and I gave a talk at a Stanford Women in Business conference. Both had small friendly audiences, and both went well.
It’s hard to believe that Polyvore has come so far over the last 2 years! Not so long ago we were 5 people working out of Pasha’s house. Now we’re one of the largest fashion sites on the web and have managed to attract a huge talent like Sukhinder. There’s nothing more rewarding than working on a product you love with a community who loves you back, on a team that’s like a family. A huge thank you to Pasha, who I would follow to any other company, even if only out of curiosity. :-)