Jeff Clarke joins our group 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 function, and his personal artistic 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 group 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 enthusiastic about their enterprise. They’re people who find themselves making an attempt 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 group.
Jeff and his group are constructing new instruments to broaden 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 important Patreon is to them and the way we will make their enterprise targets extra attainable. It’s really an unbelievable present and is one thing I wasn’t capable of get at different firms I’ve labored for.”
One among Jeff’s different favourite components of the function is having the ability to give creators extra time to be artistic. “Eradicating friction is a very necessary a part of what we’re constructing as a result of this can be a creator’s livelihood. The extra we will do to scale back friction, the extra a creator can give attention to their work.”
“We wish 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 enable them to dwell collectively harmoniously, with out them being depending on each other,” Jeff says. “It’s all very thrilling, scary, and invigorating on the identical 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 all the pieces we do.
Win Collectively: “I’ve observed that profitable collectively is prime of my thoughts for everybody who works right here. Instantly, I witnessed how welcoming individuals are with their time and their suggestions. Workers are keen to clarify how issues work, and share how they suppose we might be extra environment friendly, and the way issues might work higher collectively. It’s been a price that I felt the second I walked within the door.”
Make it Occur: Along with sturdy collaboration, Jeff additionally appreciates the dedication and follow-through from different group members. ”We’re nonetheless a comparatively small firm with a small engineering group that has bold targets this yr. Whereas it’s difficult to perform a lot concurrently, I’ve been amazed by the way in which folks have labored collectively to determine artistic options. We’re all devoted to creating it occur and doing so in a thoughtful method, 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 mates based an experimental theater firm.
“It’s a difficult method to make a dwelling, I actually gave my mother a number of grey hairs throughout that point,” Jeff says. “Although that’s not my life anymore, I nonetheless have mates in that world and have a number of empathy for the combat of the artistic 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 sudden machines. “His work is so fanciful and distinctive, and it makes me smile each time I watch him.”