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Meet the Team: Manny

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?

I’m Manny, a DevOps Engineer with Behance.  My team is responsible for the infrastructure that keeps Behance up and running.  We use a lot of different technologies to guarantee the best experience for the Behance community.  My recent focus has been on building software tools to automate the processes that tie all these technologies together.  Since we are a small team we don’t want to burden ourselves with redundant tasks; automating these tasks is key.

Manny

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?

Macvim: I deal mostly with text and code. Having a good editor is really important.  Vim has been around a long time and has many plugins to handle every task imaginable.  This version, for OSX, does everything I need.

Evernote: This is my “to do list” and my “brain dump”.  Everything that comes my way ends up here in some form or another.  This helps me keep things in order.

Ag – The Silver Searcher: Again, having to deal with so much text, Ag lets me search through all of it quickly and easily.  In my opinion, it’s by far the fastest plain text search tool around.

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?

We regularly have to roll out changes to our systems to fix issues or improve performance.  Whenever a change has to be made, there is always a risk that those changes may have an unexpected impact.  Recently, I’ve worked towards being able to simulate those changes before we make them on the live site.  This lets us test our new ideas in a safe place without worrying about affecting the site.

What are some startups that you’re a fan of?

Several of the startups that I’ve loved in the past, who have done great engineering work (like Netflix and Etsy) have grown too big to be called startups anymore.  I think they came from great roots and still deserve mention. On the horizon, I see “The Internet of Things” growing everyday. Google is even showing an interest now after their purchase of Nest.  A startup I’m watching in this field is Smartthings.  They are trying to make every device in your house smarter, providing feedback about what’s going on in your home. Since their system can be dropped into any home I think it has the potential to go really far. Another startup that I have to mention is HirePurpose. They are out of NYC and I have had the privilege of working with them before. They have a noble cause and are working with different military branches and government departments to make the lives of veterans better. I am really rooting for their success.

What do you listen to while working?

Recently, I’ve been a big fan of Spotify’s discover page.  It’s one of the places where I discover new music. When I want something more familiar, I’ll go back to my playlists. It’s become an eclectic mix, ranging from Celia Cruz to Porcupine Tree.  Though most recently, I think I’ve been listening to Rocket & The Ghost and the Bastille songs that get less radio time. Bastille’s cover of “Rhythm of the Night” is haunting and brilliant.

 

Meet the Team: Roxanne

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Hey there! My name is Roxanne and I am a Community Manager at Behance. As the voice of Behance both internally and externally, our team is always working towards a happy community through a number of communication channels. Being that we are the “first line of defense” and advocates for our members, most of my day is spent interacting with, and listening to members, helping to fix issues that may arise.

2. What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1.
TweetDeck. Managing a number of Twitter accounts can be challenging, but TweetDeck has become an integral way of incorporating technical support into Twitter. With its customizable columns, custom alerts, and translate tool, staying on top of member communications is super efficient.
2. Spotify. I love listening to music and sharing songs with co-workers. Spotify is absolutely awesome and its “offline mode” is perfect for your mobile device on the subway.
3. Stickies. The next best thing since real post it notes. And has come on every Mac computer since 1994!

3. What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
I am very excited about the new ProSite Beginners Guide. We teamed up with the designers to create an easy to follow outline for members who are new to website building. This step-by-step guide is a great way for our community to get excited about, and comfortable with, one of our great tools.

4. What do you listen to while working?
At work, I’m usually listening to something that gets the blood flowing, mostly Indie Electronic or Rap.
Favorites right now: Grimes, POLICA, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, A$AP Rocky, The XX, Icona Pop, Frank Ocean, & Hot Chip. Get at me! 

5. Can you name a few favorite blogs and sites?
Buzzfeed is my go-to for hilarious top ten lists and animated GIFs. Plus, their Beyonce-related posts are always spot on. Immaculate Infatuation is another one of my all time favorites; from one foodie heart to another. And lastly, I get my social media news and geek fix from Mashable.

Follow Roxanne on Twitter @RoxanneNaomi.

Meet the Team: Mell

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
I’m Mell, a Community Manager here at Behance. The community team is responsible for listening to and communicating with our members, so I spend my days promoting amazing work created by our members on social media and blogs, answering questions on our support channels, and working with our dev and design teams to pinpoint and solve issues that arise in the community.

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1.
Excel. Data is so important to evaluating and escalating problems, so Excel is my go-to for making sense of all the numbers behind our community. I don’t know what I’d do without pivot tables!
2. HipChat. I’m in constant communication with the community and development teams, and HipChat keeps me connected and cuts down a ton on redundant email and catch-up conversation.
3. ZenDesk. It’s the hub of all our support channels. I use it daily, so I’m always tweaking it to keep it organized and optimized for our team — I even went to ZenDesk boot camp last fall!

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
I set up a categorization system for all our support tickets so we can track more precisely what types of questions we get from members. It lets us keep tabs on potential problems and advocate for changes based on community feedback. Plus, it’s generally a great archive for tracking how our community reacts to changes.

What do you listen to while working?
Motown–Stevie and Smokey are favorites–and anything fun and high energy gets me in the right groove. I also listen to a lot of NPR podcastsAlison and I are always trading recommendations. This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgement are the perfect background. I’ll usually listen to an episode over again on the commute home to actually pay attention to the stories.

Who is one of your favorite creatives to follow?
I love seeing new projects from Michael Doret – each one has its own story behind the process of creation. My favorite is the Behind the Knicks Logo project – it combines sketches with an interview he did, so it’s basically an oral and visual history of a New York sports icon.

 

Meet the team: Alison

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
My name is Alison and I am Behance’s Business & Finance Manager. As Business & Finance Manager, I oversee Behance’s finances, our internal HR and some of our day to day operations. My job changes a lot; some days I spend securing visas, and some days I’m working on new products for the Outfitter, but it’s always interesting!

 

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1.
Action Method Online: AMO helps me stay super organized and is an important part of my daily routine. I like to keep my email inbox pretty empty, so I’ll turn emails to follow up on into Action Steps, to keep me focused on the more pressing tasks at hand. 
2.
Spotify: Listening to music on my headphones really helps me focus. Also, I’m kind of an obsessive playlist maker.
3. 
Hipchat: Hipchat helps me stay in touch with what everyone is working on throughout the day. It’s also great for when you’re working on a project with certain members of the team who are scattered around the office by letting you continue the conversation and keep things moving forward without shouting across the office at each other.

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
The Action Book Minis! Have you seen them? They’re great. Also, throwing Scott a surprise baby shower that was really kept a surprise, even though we snuck in balloons and his wife!

What do you listen to while working?
Whenever possible, I love listening to ‘This American Life’, but when I really need to focus, I listen to playlists on Spotify or off some of my favorite blogs. My go to record when I’m not sure what to listen to is ‘Tim” by The Replacements. It never gets old.

Name something you’ve learned since joining the Behance team that you weren’t expecting:
How much we all genuinely care about each other. I think one thing that makes the Behance team so great is that we’re able to be so close, and it’s part of why we’re so great at holding each other accountable. We celebrate things together, like birthdays and Behance milestones, and we’re there for each other if anyone needs anything. Which is why at work, you wouldn’t want to disappoint that person. We’re all passionate about Behance and the culture we’ve created, and I’m pretty proud of that.

Where did you grow up?
Florida. And I’m pretty proud of it. Ask me about the time my mom out-swam an alligator.

Meet the team: Clément Faydi

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Bonjour! I’m Clément, one of the three Lead Designers at Behance. As part of the “Product Team,” I’m involved in concepting new ideas and turning them into features and products. I am currently mostly focused on helping creatives discover more work and getting inspired. Things I do every day: discuss how to improve products, sketch wireframes, make them real in Photoshop, support our developers as they make their magic happen, and of course, what I’m most passionate about: moving things by one pixel.

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1. Photoshop – I know it’s obvious for a designer, but it’s definitely the software I use the most and certainly couldn’t live without.
2. Rdio – The best way to listen to music on the internet! Beyond providing me with more music than I could ever hope for, they are at the forefront of UI design, and always take minimalism to a new level. I love what they do.
3. Alfred- Because it allows me to open Twitter in 1/4 seconds.

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
I am super excited about the new Behance iPhone app that will launch very soon. We have incorporated some key features that will help creatives discover more work and showcase what they are working on to the world, from their phone. I’m also currently redesigning the way users find great projects on Behance and will hopefully be able to share a preview soon. Very exciting!

 What do you listen to while working?
Mostly jazz. I started playing piano when I was 8 years old and now find myself discovering a lot of subtleties I couldn’t hear before. I guess that designing makes me unconsciously listen to music in a very different way. Also, I really can’t focus on my work when hearing songs with lyrics!

What are some startups that you’re a fan of?
There are a lot of startups I follow, but I’ve lately been very impressed with what the guys at FiftyThree are doing. They always solve problems in a surprising, yet simple way, and that’s a very difficult thing to do. They recently launched a new tool called the “Mixer” for their app Paper and revealed their process and some of their secrets here. Quite magical, I love how obsessed they are.

Check out Clément’s ProSite, Behance portfolio, or follow him on Twitter.

Meet the team: William Allen

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Hi! I’m William Allen – I run Strategy & Operations here at Behance. I watch all the money coming in and out of the business, study our user analytics, push forward our marketing and advertising initiatives, and read through boring contracts. But mostly I get to learn from an amazing team.

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1) Evernote for organizing my thoughts
2) Sequel Pro for database analytics work
3) Excel – still the world’s best program for anyone who works with finance and data.

What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
We hold weekly analytics meetings with our design/product teams – and every week we learn something new. Proud to be able to put our amazing growth into charts!

What do you listen to while working? 
My colleagues talking – I never wear headphones. It’s remarkable what you can learn through ambient noise.

Can you name a few favorite blogs and sites?
Fred Wilson’s blog AVC, Felix Salmon, James Altucher, and on the political side, Andrew Sullivan.

Name something you’ve learned since joining the Behance team that you weren’t expecting:
That there are more variations to my name (like Bottom Line Billy, for example) than you could ever imagine.

Keep up with Will on Twitter at @WilliamAllen

Meet the team: Sarah Rapp

Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Hello! I’m Sarah Rapp – sometimes referred to as “Social Sarah” here at Behance (why yes, I do handle social Media here). As the Director of Community & Engagement, I (along with our 2 other Community Managers) think of myself as “the eyes and ears of Behance,” so everything I do relates to making sure our members are happy, and that we’re offering up the best, most engaging experience to them we possibly can.

Most days, this involves a lot of listening (through social channels, emailing with members, and analyzing behavior on our site) and making improvements based on what I hear. The other half is talking back to our community, in ways like: maintaining our social accounts (especially the mega-account @Behance), planning offline events and programs for them, blogging at the Team Blog, Newsletters, and much more!

I also squeeze in things like test-driving the latest social platforms and technologies & keeping tabs on our metrics. And always, collecting stories and anecdotes from our members to share with the world!

What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1) Sprout Social – this is what we use to Tweet from @Behance and the 6 or 7 other Twitter accounts we maintain. A few months back we did a big audit of all the best social media management tools out there, and Sprout is our pick – well-designed, with lots of visualized data about your fan base at your fingertips.

2) Mac’s “Hot Corners” tool – Not exactly an app, but this is my favorite Mac feature. I often have about
10 programs open at once, so each of my corners is programmed to do something different to help me
stay organized. With one move of the mouse, I can clear away all the open programs to find something
on my desktop, or go to another corner to get the birds-eye view of everything I have open. It annoys
the hell out of anyone who tries to use my computer, but it’s worth it!

3) Gmail Multiple Inboxes – I swear by this Google Labs tool that lets you reorganize your inbox to
create several inboxes on one screen. My top inbox is for new/”to deal with” emails, the one below that
is starred emails that need more attention, and below that I have emails all related to one project. It’s a
lifesaver.

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