Jeff Clarke joins our workforce with over 15 years of product engineering expertise, together with a number of years of constructing and main groups at Meta and Etsy. We sat down with Jeff to speak about what introduced him to Patreon, what excites him about his position, and his personal inventive endeavors.
Engineering for creators
Most of Jeff’s engineering profession has been rooted in merchandise for creators. Whereas at Meta, Jeff constructed cell functions for augmented actuality. At Etsy, Jeff and his workforce created merchandise for buyer-facing experiences, together with acquisition initiatives, landings, search, path-to-purchase, and cell apps.
“Like at Patreon, creators at Etsy are very captivated with their enterprise. They’re people who find themselves attempting to make a dwelling making issues and need the instruments that they’re utilizing to be easy,” Jeff says.
These earlier experiences, the suggestions from former colleagues now working at Patreon, and recommendation from his accomplice all led him to affix our workforce.
Jeff and his workforce are constructing new instruments to increase the way in which Patreon helps our creators. “It’s actually thrilling to get direct suggestions from the people who find themselves utilizing our merchandise – to see how very important Patreon is to them and the way we will make their enterprise targets extra attainable. It’s actually an unimaginable reward and is one thing I wasn’t capable of get at different firms I’ve labored for.”
Considered one of Jeff’s different favourite elements of the position is with the ability to give creators extra time to be inventive. “Eradicating friction is a very necessary a part of what we’re constructing as a result of it is a creator’s livelihood. The extra we will do to scale back friction, the extra a creator can give attention to their work.”
“We need to guarantee all of the merchandise we launch work collectively. We’re consistently asking ourselves how we will align the longer term states of merchandise in ways in which permit them to reside collectively harmoniously, with out them being depending on each other,” Jeff says. “It’s all very thrilling, scary, and invigorating on the similar time. However it’s additionally why I like coming to work every morning.”
Life at Patreon
Since Jeff began at Patreon, he says he’s observed how our firm values are embedded in every thing we do.
Win Collectively: “I’ve observed that successful collectively is high of my thoughts for everybody who works right here. Instantly, I witnessed how welcoming persons are with their time and their suggestions. Staff are prepared to clarify how issues work, and share how they assume we could possibly be extra environment friendly, and the way issues may work higher collectively. It’s been a price that I felt the second I walked within the door.”
Make it Occur: Along with robust collaboration, Jeff additionally appreciates the dedication and follow-through from different workforce members. ”We’re nonetheless a comparatively small firm with a small engineering workforce that has bold targets this yr. Whereas it’s difficult to perform a lot concurrently, I’ve been amazed by the way in which individuals have labored collectively to determine inventive options. We’re all devoted to creating it occur and doing so in a thoughtful approach, which is equally as necessary. It’s outstanding to see.”
Past the work
One cause Jeff gravitated towards Patreon’s mission is due to his personal expertise within the arts. After graduating from Columbia College together with his grasp’s diploma in theater, Jeff and some pals based an experimental theater firm.
“It’s a difficult technique to make a dwelling, I definitely gave my mother lots of grey hairs throughout that point,” Jeff says. “Though that’s not my life anymore, I nonetheless have pals in that world and have lots of empathy for the combat of the inventive class on this nation. That have provides me all of the extra cause to need these creators to achieve success. I’m honored to be a part of the method that does simply that.”
Though Jeff is constructing for all creators on Patreon, his favourite creator to maintain up with is Joseph’s Machines who makes surprising machines. “His work is so fanciful and distinctive, and it makes me smile each time I watch him.”