Meet the Engineering Workforce: Jeff Clarke, Engineering Supervisor


Jeff Clarke joins our group with over 15 years of product engineering expertise, together with a number of years of constructing and main groups at Meta and Etsy. We sat down with Jeff to speak about what introduced him to Patreon, what excites him about his function, and his personal artistic endeavors.

Engineering for creators

Most of Jeff’s engineering profession has been rooted in merchandise for creators. Whereas at Meta, Jeff constructed cell functions for augmented actuality. At Etsy, Jeff and his group created merchandise for buyer-facing experiences, together with acquisition initiatives, landings, search, path-to-purchase, and cell apps.

“Like at Patreon, creators at Etsy are very enthusiastic about their enterprise. They’re people who find themselves attempting to make a residing making issues and wish the instruments that they’re utilizing to be easy,” Jeff says.

These earlier experiences, the suggestions from former colleagues now working at Patreon, and recommendation from his accomplice all led him to affix our group.

Creator-first tradition

Jeff and his group are constructing new instruments to develop the way in which Patreon helps our creators. “It’s actually thrilling to get direct suggestions from the people who find themselves utilizing our merchandise – to see how very important Patreon is to them and the way we are able to make their enterprise targets extra attainable. It’s actually an unbelievable present and is one thing I wasn’t in a position to get at different firms I’ve labored for.”

Certainly one of Jeff’s different favourite components of the function is with the ability to give creators extra time to be artistic. “Eradicating friction is a very necessary a part of what we’re constructing as a result of it is a creator’s livelihood. The extra we are able to do to scale back friction, the extra a creator can deal with their work.”

“We need to guarantee all of the merchandise we launch work collectively. We’re consistently asking ourselves how we are able to align the longer term states of merchandise in ways in which permit them to dwell collectively harmoniously, with out them being depending on each other,” Jeff says. “It’s all very thrilling, scary, and invigorating on the identical time. However it’s additionally why I really like coming to work every morning.”

Life at Patreon

Since Jeff began at Patreon, he says he’s seen how our firm values are embedded in every little thing we do.

Win Collectively: “I’ve seen that successful collectively is prime of my thoughts for everybody who works right here. Instantly, I witnessed how welcoming persons are with their time and their suggestions. Workers are keen to elucidate how issues work, and share how they suppose we could possibly be extra environment friendly, and the way issues might work higher collectively. It’s been a worth that I felt the second I walked within the door.”

Make it Occur: Along with robust collaboration, Jeff additionally appreciates the dedication and follow-through from different group members. ”We’re nonetheless a comparatively small firm with a small engineering group that has bold targets this 12 months. Whereas it’s difficult to perform a lot concurrently, I’ve been amazed by the way in which folks have labored collectively to determine artistic options. We’re all devoted to creating it occur and doing so in a thoughtful means, which is equally as necessary. It’s outstanding to see.”

Past the work

One motive Jeff gravitated towards Patreon’s mission is due to his personal expertise within the arts. After graduating from Columbia College together with his grasp’s diploma in theater, Jeff and some associates based an experimental theater firm.

“It’s a difficult solution to make a residing, I actually gave my mother plenty of grey hairs throughout that point,” Jeff says. “Regardless that that’s not my life anymore, I nonetheless have associates in that world and have plenty of empathy for the combat of the artistic class on this nation. That have offers me all of the extra motive to need these creators to achieve success. I’m honored to be a part of the method that does simply that.”

Though Jeff is constructing for all creators on Patreon, his favourite creator to maintain up with is Joseph’s Machines who makes sudden machines. “His work is so fanciful and distinctive, and it makes me smile each time I watch him.”


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