How To Build An App That Resonates
"I tend to sit around for days, sketching ideas on paper and then bouncing them off other people in a high-velocity way. And once you know something is good, the time between implementation and execution is not that long."
"One of the key parts is transitions. All good apps have really good transitions, which enable the app to tell a story. I'd take Path's plus button as an example. It's an attempt to use animation to delight people, to make an action seem attractive."
"Our idea at Path is that you'll share more when it's with people you care about. We came out with Path 2.0 in December, which has new features to help share your location and who you're with, thoughts, music you're listening to, even when you wake up and go to sleep."
Tricks parents into paying for summer classes at Stanford; instead, spends summer scouting Silicon Valley mentors
Graduates high school; moves to San Francisco to work at Digg with Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka
Attends the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for a year; continues work for Digg remotely
Leaves UNC to join Path team Matt Van Horn, Dave Morin, and Dustin Mierau right before Path 1.0 launches
Path 2.0 launches after intense redesign period
Illustration by Alison Cowles
A version of this article appears in the June 2012 issue of Fast Company.