August 9, 2017
Juggle welcomes Jeremy Tong!
Drumroll, please…Juggle has hired its first official full-time employee. We are absolutely giddy about bringing a legit tech guru aboard. As a startup, you don’t know what you need until you need it, especially four moms who’ve never been involved in anything technical beyond using our iPhones and laptops to coordinate playdates and pin party ideas. When it came time to develop a prototype for our app, we looked to our incubator, Rev 1, for guidance. They introduced us to a great agency, Logic Labs, a startup themselves, who designed our MVP (minimum viable product) in order to test the market. We released the app with minimal features, and it met with great success. We knew all along that we wanted more—more features, a bolder, fresher look, expanded services. So, we got busy working on a bigger, better “Version 2.”
Version 2, and scaling this thing, requires lots more technical muscle. It has been a goal for some time to begin the process of bringing tech in-house. But it’s not an inexpensive prospect. It’s a catch-22, really. You want a more sophisticated app to have the ability to scale, but you need money to build that app; money you don’t start to make until you scale…unless you seek outside funding, which is a topic for another blog post.
Enter Venture for America (VFA), a fellowship program that connects recent college grads with jobs at startups, “creating a community of entrepreneurs committed to building companies that matter.” VFA offers young companies like ours the unique opportunity of being able to hire the best and brightest in the tech field. Like Jeremy Tong. Jeremy, take it away…
This is my first real job, but I can’t think of any place else I’d rather be. I joined Juggle because I wanted to begin my career at a place where I could feel inspired, work with awesome people, and add immediate value with my skills and background in technology.
Before joining Juggle, I attended Brown University where I majored in Computer Science and Economics. I have delved deeply into topics of web development, human factor design, and machine learning in my studies of computer science, but also in two previous summer internships at a big-data marketing startup and a sports analytics startup. On the other hand, my study of economics primarily focused on game theory and finance.
I’m perhaps most excited to learn from my four co-worker moms, about what it takes to run a business, but also just about living life as an adult. In addition, I love the flexibility of being able to work whenever and wherever I want, including my own bed—I’ve always been a big dreamer.
Outside of career aspirations, I have many passions including board games, sports, craft beer, hiking, and more. I’d say I pretty much like everything that’s not bean sprouts, peas, or country music.
Jeremy, we’re blushing. And we are so excited to have you on our team! #jugglefabfive