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Michael Owens
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Attended University of South Alabama
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Last week the American Petroleum Institute was sued for trademark infringement by Choose Energy, Inc.
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Search starts with the web. It's made up of over 30 trillion individual pages and it's constantly growing. Google navigates the web by crawling. That means we follow links from page to page. Site owne...
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A friend over at Orange Photography is raising money for the Children with Cancer charity to run in the Big Sur Marathon. Donate today and get some photographic goodness for donating to charity.
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We've gone and done it again. This time, we're making Cards Against Star Trek, a Star Trek variant of the popular Cards Against Humanity game.
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Major companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter, are in secret discussions to create a system that could banish child abuse images from the web.
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Toxic lies about culture are afoot in Silicon Valley. They spread too fast as we take our bubble money and designer Powerpoints to drinkups, …
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Designer / Engineer
Skills
Interaction Design, Product Design, UX Design, Human Factors, User Research, Information Architecture, Wireframing, User Flows, Prototyping, Responsive web design, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, Web Design, Web Standards, User interfaces, Visual Design, Front-end Web Development, Front-end development, Web App Development, Python, PHP, MySQL
Employment
  • Self-Employed
    Designer / Developer, 2004 - present
  • aboutLife
    Cofounder / CPO, 2013 - 2014
  • Magi
    Design Lead, 2011 - 2012
  • Hi5 Networks
    Senior Interaction Designer, 2010 - 2011
  • Envato
    Tutorial Writer (NETTUTS+), 2009 - 2009
  • Red Square Agency
    Designer / Developer, 2009 - 2010
  • Compass Marketing, Inc.
    Designer / Developer, 2008 - 2009
  • Foliopod
    Owner / Dev Lead, 2007 - 2008
  • Transcend Innovation Group
    Designer / Developer, 2007 - 2008
  • Notion
    Founder, 2012 - 2013
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Currently
San Francisco, CA
Previously
Mobile, AL - Chicago, IL - Wilmer, AL - Toledo, OH - Atlanta, GA - Gulf Shores, AL
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1657A Fulton St San Francisco, CA 94117
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Designer, Engineer, Entrepreneur focused on Health and Personal Data
Introduction
I have been working as a designer and/or engineer professionally in technology-focused companies since 2006, though I have been designing and developing websites since 1997, when I first learned HTML. My passion is for improving lives through technology.

I was most recently the Chief Product Officer of aboutLife. With a background in interaction design and full-stack software engineering, I drove aboutLife's product vision and execution for the first year and a half during which my cofounders and I successfully raised a multi-million dollar Series A round from great investors. Prior to aboutLife, I had been working on my personal data startup, Notion, building an app for discovering insights within your personal data.

I led the design team at hi5 Networks where I redesigned the virtual goods and social games systems used by 30M+ users monthly. While leading the team, I designed some of the company's most innovative products and features such as SocioPay, SocioPath, and Anonymous Social Gameplay. Additionally, I designed much of hi5's successor site, Magi, before moving on to start my own startup.

I have worked as a design and engineering consultant for such clients as Donna (by Incredible Labs, acquired by Yahoo!), AT&T (for their Speech API DevLab), TimePlay Entertainment, Marble Cloud Security, and several smaller startups such as Transcend Innovation, an educational startup in Chicago, and Twitpay one of the first social payments apps. I started in the industry as a one-person design and development shop for advertising/marketing agencies in Chicago and southern Alabama specializing in e-commerce and SEO.
Bragging rights
Raised $16,000+ in two weeks for children affected by Hurricane Sandy. Cofounded 3 companies. Raised a Series A from a top-tier investor. Led design at a top social network.
Education
  • University of South Alabama
    Philosophy & Biomedical Sciences, 2003 - 2006
    - Dual-Degree Honors Program (Philosophy and Biomedical Sciences) - Early Acceptance Program to the College of Medicine - Note: Attended from 2003 to 2006. Dropped out in 2006 to pursue computer technologies instead of medicine
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Birthday
May 5
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American Petroleum Institute Accused of Sabotage
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Last week the American Petroleum Institute was sued for trademark infringement by Choose Energy, Inc.

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Big news for a Monday morning: Onavo, the Israeli mobile analytics company, has just announced that it has been acquired by Facebook. Onavo

Internet giants planning to wipe out child abuse images - Telegraph
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Major companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter, are in secret discussions to create a system that could banish child abu

End Piracy, Not Liberty – Google
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Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills bef

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Magi
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Magi
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Great place to get a quick coffee and sit by the park while shopping in Hayes Valley.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed a year ago
Fantastic southern style brunch. Huge portions and delicious food.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Best deep dish pizza in the city. True Chicago style deep dish with a great wine selection.
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Fantastic brunch. A must go for San Francisco brunches. Outdoors seating is first come first serve.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Best coffee in the area. Serves Four Barrel. Try the #3 toast by Josey Baker Bread.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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