Otis is the founder and CEO of Goodreads.com – a social network for book lovers. Launched in late 2006, the site has since grown to over 1.6 million members, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised an angel round in 2007, and is otherwise privately owned.
Along with a passion for building websites, Otis is also a voracious reader. He started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more books, and watch less TV, and has found a large core group of people that love reading, and have helped drive the direction of Goodreads. He is an engineer at heart, and loves tinkering and listening to customers in order to make the best product possible.
Before founding Goodreads, Otis was a Software Engineer and Product Manager at Tickle.com. Monster Worldwide, the leading purveyor of online jobs, purchased the company in 2004. At Tickle, Otis was in charge of LoveHappens.com, a top ten online dating service. Otis credits all his knowledge of building successful online media websites to his experiences at Tickle. Otis graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he always believed he would one day build cars.
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