Mischa Nachtigal

It's 2017, do we still need personal websites?

It’s 2017, do we really need personal websites?

Normally personal websites point you to a résumé, a list of list of places their work has appeared or been published, a funny quip or two, all over the background of a *sweet* extreme sports thing they do, or did once.

Instead, I’d rather tell you about work I’ve done and why I’ve enjoyed it. Because what is a list of accomplishments these days without context? Just pixels. And we get enough of that between all the feeds, so sit back and hang out with me for a minute…

  • Let me tell you about the time I was part of the team at TED that started the Open Translation and TEDx Projects. While the thousands of translations and events that followed should be the premiere source of pride, I really just dig some of thebios I wrote, as well as making teammates laugh inappropriately on the day Michael Jackson died.
  • At Twitter, I was on the team that put together the #AskObama Town Hall. Whether you loved it or loathed it, I will always remember not sleeping for two days straight, having a suit that didn’t really fit, and collapsing at the end in a pile of joy/tears/sweat.
  • I also helped Upworthy ruin your Facebook feed from 2012 to 2014, but instead of apologizing for that, I’ll wax on about the little transcript button I pushed for that was the most requested feature in 2013. It gave a significant portion of our audience (15% of US Adults have some form of hearing impairment) a lot of joy, including the parents of the engineer who built the feature.
  • In between jobs, I’ve done a fair amount of consulting, from startups and venture capital firms, to artists and politicians. The most important thing I learned? Being a consultant sucks, for everyone involved.
  • Now I work for Pivotal, where I get to produce videos, edit a magazine, and bring together a unique community of customers, employees, and software experts.
  • I also sometimes make videos for laughs, which you can find at Down Round, one of which has gone “niche viral.”