Hi. I’m Jennie.
Greetings from the San Francisco Bay Area.
As of July 2013, I’ve departed the mothership and I’m embarking on my next adventure. Armed with a handful of computer science degrees, I spent a three-and-a-half-year stint as a product manager at Google, where I juggled people, decisions and deadlines and occasionally travelled the world. I shipped Google Play Games at Google I/O earlier this year, and I’m working on some personal gaming, data and hardware projects right now to scratch all my pent-up creative itches.
My passions include fitness and learning. I am an active Crossfitter, train in Olympic weightlifting and impulsively run obstacle races for fun. I’ve also been dabbling in improv comedy for the last 10 years.
Before I moved to Silicon Valley from my tea-drinking homeland, I founded a startup in Edinburgh aimed at understanding the world’s emotions, based on my PhD research into natural language processing technology. Funded by 4iP, our most successful product was FestBuzz which catalogued the crowd’s opinion of Edinburgh Festival shows using Twitter and a dash of magic.
I’m a long-term gamer and have worked in several roles in the games industry, as well as playing competitively. I founded a series of videogame meetups and took part in national and international gaming competitions as a major FPS clan leader. I helped ship City of Villains and Guild Wars: Factions. I’m also a veteran GDC volunteer and ran the IGDA Summit volunteer program.
(The TED talk was “Improvising Happiness”, a 3 minute TEDU spot at TEDGlobal 2011. How can improv make you happier? I’ll tell you over a brew.)