BLAKE ANDERSON

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF


I'm Blake Anderson, and I'm doing my best.

Over the past 11 years I've helped startups craft ideas into apps that are loved by millions. I do that through product strategy, design, and engineering.

When I'm not working, I like to spend my free time running long distances on mountainous terrain.

You can find me in San Francisco, California most of the time.

 

THE COME UP


I grew up in a town of 1,000 people in southwest Nebraska. My Dad raised cattle and my Mom worked at our little school. There were no computer classes, software professionals, or tech companies for 100s of miles. Luckily, one of the 32 channels on our local cable programming was TechTV, which provided a small glimpse into the tech world. I was hooked. I convinced my Mom to buy me a "Teach yourself C++ in 24 hours" books—and that's how I got started as a programmer.

After school I moved to Boulder, Colorado to chase the startup dream. I joined SnuggHome, a home energy auditing startup, as a full-stack engineer and employee #5. I departed SnuggHome to join Snapjoy, a new YC grad, and revolutionary photo management software company. I was employee #4 and developed all of the native apps. Snapjoy was acquired by Dropbox, which brought me to San Francisco. At Dropbox, I helped develop their photo products, including the stand-alone app, Carousel. Ready to get back into early-stage startups, I joined ClassDojo as employee #8, helping the company redefine technology in the classroom.

EXPERIENCE

2013-2020 ClassDojo
Head of Mobile Eng
2012-2013 Dropbox
Mobile Engineer
2011-2012 Snapjoy
Native App Engineer
2010 SnuggHome
Full Stack