PicMonkey makes creative tools for photo editing and graphic design because we want you to rock the universe. We want your images to show your creativity, your style, your spot-on brilliance.
We're a small team of experienced professionals — plus one monkey — who believe that our greatest competition is our last release. We live to beat ourselves at our own game, always topping what we've done with more features and more cowbell.
Ride with us as we take PicMonkey's photo editor, graphic design features, and collage maker to new heights. The fun has just begun, folks.
Oh, and if you're looking for a photo editor like Picnik or the people who made it, yup, that's us.
The Monkey is not a mascot. He doesn't like bananas or swinging from vines. He's like our chief innovation officer: he points us to the future and puts the shazam into everything we do. He's the one who goes into the back room and comes out hours later with, like, singed eyebrows and a demonstration involving toner cartridges and non-dairy creamer. And pretty soon we find ourselves crushing another cool photo editing feature you never knew you always wanted.
Most ironic mod: rigging an electric massage tool to wax and buff his muscle car
Significant brother: his hairless cat, Kojak
Moment of glory: winning a Karaoke contest at which he sang the periodic table of the elements
Will lecture for food: now taking bookings for “What others have learned from my speeches, lectures, and fireside chats around the world”
Jen Shetterly is no stranger to complexity, having designed some of Microsoft's most successful, most labyrinthine, most crazy-making products to work on. But the real complexity has been balancing the vagaries of a full-time work load with mothering her three children and still finding time for creative romps in photography, painting, and drawing. Shetterly is grateful to the fine ladies of “Real Housewives” who impart sage advice and helpful tips on a weekly basis!
Fave effects: Orton, Cross Process, Wrinkle Remover
Latest art project: design her own tattoo and decide where to put it!
You'll have to pry it from her cold, dead hands: Pepsi
Cooper got her start story editing and coordinating scripts at the Muppets. She produced kids and teen programs for NBC, ABC, and PBS. She moved to Seattle in the 90's to write and produce interactive television, online learning, and interactive fiction programs for Microsoft, and learn how to order complicated coffee drinks. At PicMonkey, Cooper makes words happen, and nervously awaits punishment for fake ones like “embetterment” and the scientifically lazy characterization of an ape referred to as The Monkey.
Roommates: two children, husband, and a dog who believes he is her husband
Past time pastime: dislocating her life at Seattle's onstage storytelling series “A Guide to Visitors”
Unnecessary degree, as it turned out: M.A., Instructional Technology, Columbia University
Tony nominating moment: putting out a fire onstage while staying in character in 8th grade play
Wolfe started her software career at Microsoft back when Al Gore had just invented the Interwebs. She honed her user experience design talents working on Money, Office, MSN, and Windows Live, among others, during her 13-year tenure. She rehabilitates stray animals and neglected houses, including every square inch of the 60's ranch she lives in with her (now) geriatric pets.
Most sleep-depriving avocation: night photography, a recent fixation
Fave effects: Boost, Cross Process, Holga
Handy chick initiation rite: installing a water pump in her car at age 16
First taste of altruism: delivering Meals on Wheels with her mom, when she was a kid
Hard-won advice for fellow feline lovers: cats don't dig acupuncture
Systems installations and software consulting for large financial institutions might not sound like a good onramp to digital photography, but Brenda Anderson had no idea she would end up where she is now. After 10 years in finance, she fell in love with a New Zealander, moved to his homeland, and pressed the restart button. She got into photography after they had kids, and became a Flickr group admin. PicMonkey is thrilled to have her onboard, remotely connecting to help people get the most out of their photos.
Often hears when the camera comes out: “Don't put me on the Internet, Mum!”
Favorite photo subject, after kids: New Zealand's colorful birds (with awesome names like Pukeko, Tui, and Kaka)
Celebrity sighting, in her genealogical tree: Celine Dion, 9th cousin
Best time on four strings: playing in her Ukelele orchestra, The South End Strummers
A good listener and a people pleaser, Jenn Wells was a natch for the customer service jobs that kicked off her career. Her first great job was working at the legendary Elliott Bay Book Company, where she developed her customer love mojo. Wells moved to TeachStreet.com, a tech startup that helped lifelong learners connect with independent teachers. When TeachStreet closed their doors, PicMonkey got the best community outreach specialist in this hemisphere. She's also an outdoor enthusiast and an urban culture vulture all rolled up into a foodie burrito.
Current photo project: printing all her photos from the past two years
Favorite backpack destination with a fairy tale name: the Enchantments, in Washington state
Why she never surfed in Hawaii: fear of eels and other creepy deep water creatures
Crawled under the B12 curtain to: defect from veganism, after years of allegiance
Maria Kaufman's love of sports and dance led her to a master's degree and work in the field of health promotion. In 1999, she wasn't quite sure she was sleepless enough, so she got a job at Amazon.com cutting her teeth learning e-commerce and getting an M.B.A. At Expedia, she created the ad platform for hoteliers, and then built up Picnik.com's ad business and moved with the team to Google. At PicMonkey, she's jazzed about developing native content with advertisers who want to charter new territory.
When the Tennessee accent comes out: phone calls with hometown friends and whenever she drops stuff
Most painful part of working in high tech: cutting herself making her own desk at Amazon.com
Cowboys she loves: her three children, Wyatt, Levi, and Ruby, not intentionally named to sound like characters in a Zane Gray novel
If it's life you're looking for, it's life you got. After pinballing between Detroit and Kentucky for two decades, Anthony said buh-bye to America and hey-heeyyyyy to adventure. We're talking Morocco. We're talking VW vans. We're talking giardia. After his misadventures abroad, Antoine planted himself in the tech industry, ultimately surrendering to the allure of our digital magic. Now he's our test engineer, making sure the Monkey monkeys just right.
Where he spends a suspicious amount of time: under his house
Most disappointing hitchhiking hiccup: turns out the English countryside isn't filled with cute cottages
When to mention his missed chance at owning a winery: never
"People tell me I'm very West Coast." He is. Mister Mellow hails from a mining town in northern California, where cheap earbuds are the best way to rebel from your audio engineer parents, and hanging out by the river is a thing of beauty. Once upon a time Travis fell into the depths of a Commodore 64, poring through pages of code, enchanting his elementary school peers with animated stories, and igniting a lifelong passion for graphics programming.
Newfound interest after having a daughter: synth-pop girlbands
Best joke made in a full Space Needle elevator: "More like Crowded Needle"
His secret lullaby: that sound in The Blues Brothers where they crawl out from the bricks
Ben's first experiences with engineering were at junior high LAN parties, or as he describes it: "melding minds and creating a proto-friendternet." He had fun with the physics of hardware systems before deciding on the freedom of software. After honing his skills at Amazon and takin' names at start-ups all over town, Ben calls PicMonkey home. As for his amazing work-life balance, he credits his even amazinger soccer team.
Thrilled to live a life without: alarm clocks
Level of willful masochism: traveling cross-country for overnight relay races
Ideal celestial landmark: beer volcano
Forget the concept of magical ability and its evil twin phrase, "I'm just not good at that." As a designer turned wetland ecologist turned designer again, Troy is art and Troy is science. He went from tromping through the Pacific Northwest as a wetland ecologist to branding "Halo 3" at Bungie and then designing "Taste Magazine" at PCC Natural Markets. In our band of scrappy go-getters, he's shown that with a buncha brains and exploration, he gets stuff done and gets it done right. Take a look around and see for yourself.
Title with a trophy to prove it: 1984 Grand Champion Dairy Goat Showman
First words to the EMTs after a 40mph cycling crash: "You guys got here fast!"
He woke up like this: on a beach to the sound of distant orcas
Anne has always found the path to the next adventure (especially navigating tourists through rocky mountain passes, but the dude ranch days are over). As a life coach, she empowered moms to keep their autonomy and challenge the notion that womanhood defines or limits them. Her work in education, corporate communications, and professional well-being make her a sensational talent. Anne's wonderfully human touch make her an incomparable ambassador to the PicMonkey community of affiliates, bloggers, users, and media experts.
Between hydroplane races and jet flyovers she found: a soulmate
Her nightmare word combination: "moist portion"
No comment on: the doughboy
Michelle's got the West Coast chill, the casual suspicion of established authorities that reinforces her big thinking and bigger ideas. But it was back east in Massachusetts that she learned how to code and make sweet graphics. And like many a hardworking prodigy in the '90s, her interest in games and gadgets led to Microsoft, where she worked on multiplayer collaboration and tablet SDKs before everyone and their nephew had a tablet. In no time she rocketed to the starclouds of the mobile gaming universe. Now she's here on planet PicMonkey, working on our top secret [REDACTED].
Can't stop won't stop: patching up the perfect pair of jeans
Magnificent owner of: an umbrella with a sword hilt
Just an ordinary head-to-head on the game platform she built: Gates vs. Buffett
Peter's one of those switcharoo types. He had a biotech career all planned out, until a freak lab accident turned him into Seattle's colossal, shape-shifting menace! (By which we mean a coding project made him stop and smell the sweet matrices of data manipulation.) He went to validate data for Google Maps by day and learned Python by night. Since then, he's been pedal to the metal on the road to greatness, from cancer research to Moz. On top of his impressive engineering skills, Peter's got a gift for exploring ideas, solving unsolvable problems, and rearranging your pens when you're not around.
Consequence of the curious life: standing chest-deep in a mudflat
Keep him away from: unfixed fixables
Demonstrated knack for upworthy headlines: "You won't believe what you click next!"
Duffy may be a Pacific Northwest native, but she's not foreign to leaving everything behind and going to unfamiliar places. Her world travels include stints in Hungary and teaching third graders in Cambodia, where she put her International Relations degree and packing skills to use (we still don't know how she survived for 14 months with only two suitcases). Now she's the human glue that keeps PicMonkey together, from ordering coconut cream birthday pies as the office manager to analyzing expenditures as a member of the finance team.
Fills her Pinterest boards with: all kinds of culinary inspiration, especially Vietnamese food she's made with her mom
Moonlights as: an urban treasure hunter, scouring the city and crawling into logs during her frequent geocaching missions
Favorite thing to knock over with a motor scooter: pay stations in Cambodia (but it really wasn't her fault; that machine had a mind of its own)
Lillis may not actually be a train conductor, but her knack for keeping projects moving and on track makes us think she'd be a really good one. She's fluent in exotic business languages like Marketer and Engineer, which saves us from drawing stick figures in order to get things done. Before joining the PicMonkey team, she put her uncanny ability to help teams interface to use at super-cool tech company Ratio, and Morse Best Innovation. And before that, she doled out all kinds of 'Merica knowledge as part of the communications team at Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello.
Murder weapon in "Clue" that causes flashbacks: rope, because of her days working at a rope manufacturer, where she learned a lot about something called splicing
Gets her dose of "chip chip Cheerio": from long slogs watching "Poldark," and pretty much everything on Masterpiece Theater
Furry childhood playmates: the black bears that frequented the backyard of her family's home in Juneau, Alaska
Coldham was first exposed to coding in the era of floppy drives, but he didn't really hear software's siren song until he built an ecommerce web page for a PC builder. After putting his engineering brilliance to work at Expedia, Egencia, and TravelPost, Coldham racked up cofounder credits at Trover and Front Desk, Inc. His days at PicMonkey are filled with strategic planning, firefighting, and figuring out how to do things better. Faster. Stronger. His days not at PicMonkey include roasting meat and spending time with his wife and his dog, Banana.
Fave flavor enhancer for popcorn: the latest blockbuster movie (yes he'll be in line at midnight)
Natural athletic ability: sarcasm
Gets his awe-inducing Tetris skills from: bagging groceries in high school
Steinberg believes that travelling is the best way to learn, and so it makes sense that she knows about a lot of stuff. After wrapping up her degree at the University of Oregon, Steinberg decided it was time to get out and go see the world. See the world she did - while volunteering with a non-profit, she racked up more passport stamps than James Bond. When she returned to her home state, she put her mad marketing skills to use at Koru and Simplicity Consulting. As PicMonkey's executive assistant to the CEO, she juggles everything from heading special projects to high-volume schedule keeping with circus-worthy skill.
Life and work mantra: Go with the flow
If she judged countries in a beauty pageant: Switzerland would take the crown, but Mexico would rank high for friendliness and Japan for grub
Known around the office for: flamboyant word inventions, including "hankabastada" to describe anything that is large
Why he can theoretically kill you: years of literal martial arts training
On Game of Thrones, he'd be: Melisandre, because no matter what happens, she stays warm
Secret superpower: having the best family
When it comes to cooking up killer UX designs, Sivertsen requires two things: a collaborative process and a huge stack of Post-It notes. She put her mad skills and secret crush on visual design to use crafting responsive design solutions at Getty Images, developing the MSN mobile experience at Microsoft, and flexing her graphic design muscles at Bellevue Arts Museum before joining the PicMonkey team. You'll frequently find her solving puzzles at the whiteboard and bug bashing with developers. When she's not at work, she loves honing her Italian skills and discovering new things inside Seattle and out.
Favorite phalange workout: creating sweet sounds on the accordion
Game you wouldn't want to play with her: Dance Dance Revolution, cuzza her dangerous moves from ballet and flamenco training
Drool as you watch: her unpack the crazy-good vegetarian food she brings to work for lunch
An alumni of Carnegie-Mellon University, where his father was a luminary during the formative years of computer science, Frits was ultimately pulled away from interests in classical piano, Aikido, and photography to follow in similar footsteps. He pushed boundaries on his own at Adobe, where he co-founded InDesign, operated as VP of Core Technologies, and helped develop much of the palette, drawing, and layout experiences that shaped the Creative Suite's user interface during his 18-year tenure. He moved on to become CTO of Popcap Games, and then CTO of Lynda.com before coming back to photography, here with yours truly.
So many places, not enough time: to pursue his passion, landscape photography, in destinations as far flung as Namibia, Iceland, and wherever sunrise pours over a hilltop
A piece of his heart lies: in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which is halfway between his birthplace, Holland, and his adopted home of Pittsburgh
Almost burst into flames: walking over an active lava field in Hawaii just to get a great shot
Mike has honed his hunger for data in numerous management roles, including at Nike and Lynda.com, where he led lifecycle marketing and content marketing efforts. The son of a teacher, Mike's one of those people who's into lifelong learning and never settling for what you think you know. At PicMonkey, his curiosity and affinity for helping others grok things make him an expert at leveraging data to reach and retain ever-broader audiences. He has also achieved notable success in converting Seattleites from Molly Moon ice cream to McConnell's, made in his hometown of Santa Barbara.
By day he's a marketer, by night: he coaches his son's and daughter's sports teams
He nearly drowned in Thailand and was almost kidnapped in Beijing, but his scariest moment was: the Dragon Challenge roller coaster at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Next educational target: improving his guitar skills
Describing Celeste, we're tempted to use words like "wunderkind" and "startling intellect," but we'll let you be the judge: recruited by Goldman Sachs while still in college, she moved to the East Coast to complete her degree and get her start in finance. Celeste has advised hedge funds and private wealth clients on investment strategies and taken on internationalization efforts at Microsoft - move that sent her to Munich, Hong Kong, and full-time to Beijing. At PicMonkey, she delves deep into the data of our past to forecast our future, and fortifies us against the vicissitudes of fate with sound, numbers-driven strategies.
Best advice for traveling and life: "What's important is not what you say, but what people hear."
Worst thing she ate while abroad: rabbit head. (It's a delicacy in China, so you can't turn it down!)
Best thing she ate while abroad: family-style hot pot, with raw ingredients combined in a big pot while you watch, and a man dancing with noodles to Michael Jackson. (Also in China.)
Dunn got a taste for accounting in high school and it's been a straight line to photo editing ever since. After his master's degree, he snagged a spot at Big Four accounting firm KPMG, where he specialized in state and local taxes for business. At PicMonkey, he helps make the business more efficient, and analyzes new markets. He would like you to know that accountants are not "number nerds" and, when you hear they are no fun at parties, it's because someone's confused them with bookkeepers.
Was super-human at age 5: when he was put on steroids for a food allergy and became taller, stronger, and faster than all the other kids
Can never go back to: drinking regular brew, since the Pacific Northwest made him into a beer snob
Does not understand: being called "Scotty-Potty" when "Scotty the Hottie" is just as euphonious
Kennedy's penchant for efficiency had its root in studying material science in college, but she found her true calling in digital marketing. She learned her craft at Zebra Technologies, where she managed a successful SEO strategy during a huge site overhaul, and at Rosetta, where she drove traffic for clients such as OfficeMax and Kraft. At Lynda.com, she used her ninja SEO skills to improve site-wide traffic, and advised on integration with LinkedIn.com. Helping people find what they want more quickly is what it's all about, says Kennedy, and she believes user intent trumps keywords any day of the week.
Knocked her. own. self. out: practicing for her summer job as a gun spinner at a Wild West theme park, during college
Doesn't mind watching paint dry: on one of her oil paintings, just a lil' thing she does in her overachieving free time
It's ridiculous she's not certified to teach ESL: because her chocolate lab, who speaks Dog, also understands and can spell the word "beach" in English
This self-taught imagineer started making his own games as a kid, then got pretty good at it and dodged a legal career in favor of the emerging gaming industry. Jonathan's interest in building worlds has injected a sense of wonder and whimsy into the core of planet PicMonkey. Besides being our fearless leader, Jonathan is a collector, a geek, a true listener, and a dad.
You'll definitely never hear him say: maybe
No love lost for: his Star Trek figurine collection, unfit for middle age
His pick for the best wood-paneled station wagon: Grand Wagoneer all the way, baby!