Otis is the founder and CEO of Goodreads.com – the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Launched in 2007, the site has since grown to 22 million monthly unique visitors and more than 10 million registered members who have added over 370 million books, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised a Series A round of funding from True Ventures at the end of 2009.
Along with a passion for creating websites, Otis is also a voracious reader and he started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more books. 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 Lead Software Engineer and Product Manager at Tickle.com. Monster Worldwide, the leading purveyor of online jobs, purchased the company in 2004 for $100 million. 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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