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
5 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 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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