I love creating things that make life better, more meaningful, and/or more interesting. Currently working on Giv.ee to remove the friction we all face when we are trying to connect with like-minded people in order to collaborate with them around the generative, meaningful things we all give to the world (from doing a garage project, to building a start-up team, to tackling wicked big problems together).
Past: product management & engineering at NBA Digital, Turner Sports & Turner Broadcasting.
“How do we stop manual workers from blowing themselves up when they are smoking next to 20 tons of highly combustible wheat-flower?” – Diana at age 12
I started learning how to build for the web by volunteering at internet cafes at age 13 in order to teach myself how to code after hours, because I didn’t own a computer. I haven’t stopped since then.
My mother founded a bakery when I was 7, the first of many related businesses she built, as soon as communism fell in our tiny river town in northeast Bulgaria. As a result I spent most of my childhood worrying about and tackling all kinds of weird problems. I think she “corrupted me” in a good way, because I don’t see problems the same way anymore. When I face opportunities to make things better, I tackle them and persist in all kinds of creative ways. Some side projects:
@Age 11: built a wooden car for five that got confiscated for road violations.
@14: started first web business.
@15: created a fraud protection setup for coupons for my family’s business by mixing different inks (unfortunately the system put someone in jail for forgery).
@18: mixed 3D/web side projects with a trigonometry‑driven animation and won 2nd place at Bulgaria’s National IT Olympiad.
@21 on: Started an informal mentoring/pro‑bono assistance network for female entrepreneurs.
@23 on: Started a “WhoSoldMyEmailToSpammers” collection plus various internal pet‑projects for each employer.
@27: Founded Giv.ee to give serendipity a hand by enabling everyone to find teammates for the initiatives they care about, do more, and tackle bigger challenges together.
Moving to the Bay area in June of 2013. So, please, ping me if you live there and want to get in touch.
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This blog is for and about the web, the people that build it, the ideas behind it, the design that represents it, and the engineering that makes it tick.
This blog is created to serve as a bridge between web business, engineering, and user experience. To inspire and inform each side about the challenges, opportunities, problems, and solutions that will lead to better work with the others. To discuss teams, business models, ideas, success stories, intra- and entrepreneurial strategies and tactics, leadership, marketing and monetization techniques and much more for people working in the field and those who are trying to innovate.
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Posted by: Diana Zink on Sunday, 27th Apr, 2008
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