Brett van Zuiden

We can give people superpowers.

Great products can take someone totally beyond what they thought they could do, which is why creating them is so much fun.

Growing up, I dreamed of becoming a "door-to-door inventor" — I imagined talking to people about the problems they had and then designing devices to solve them. I never quite shook that dream, and am fortunate that my journey so far as a software engineer, startup founder, and product manager has let me do this at scale.

Outside of work, I cook, dance, hack on a number of side projects, and play soccer and piano. I currently live in San Francisco.

  • Product Manager at Clever

    I am incredibly fortunate to be able to spend my days working on software that helps students learn and teachers teach. I am humbled to be working alongside such a talented and thoughtful team.

    • Currently lead one of our innovation teams, building out a new line of business for Clever.
    • Previously led Clever's school-facing product work, growing our active users from 100,000 to 4.5M over 18 months.
    • Built, launched, and scaled Clever Badges, Clever's highest NPS product, now used by 10% of U.S. K-2 students.
    • Started and ran a product leadership program to mentor and train coworkers in product management.
  • Head of Product Management at IFTTT

    I worked with a team of 12 fantastic engineers and designers to build and grow IFTTT’s consumer products on iOS, Android, and the web. I headed up IFTTT's product roadmap, growth, metrics & user research, and day-to-day process.

    As the first product manager, I established the role of product management at IFTTT, and built out the initial team.

    • Built out a flagship product (Do) from initial conception to public launch.
    • Increased success rate of the web onboarding flow by 43%.
    • Coordinated a major brand update and simultaneous launch of 8 new apps across iOS and Android.
    • Doubled the clickthrough rate and halved the unsubscribe rate of our email engagement efforts.
  • Founder and CEO at Filepicker.io

    As the CEO, I drove the product, business, and technical direction of the company; as a founder, I did everything from UX design, fundraising, and hiring to coding the iOS product, content marketing, and customer support.

    • Grew the company to 13 people and an AMR of $600,000 with over 1,000 customers.
    • Participated in the YCombinator batch of Summer 2012.
    • Raised $1.8mn from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors.
    • Reached profitability in 18 months.
    • Sold to Xenon Ventures in spring of 2014.
  • S.B. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT

    GPA: 5.0/5.0. Minors in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics.

    • McGovern Award for significant impact on entrepreneurship - MIT, 2012
    • Top 5 Graduating MIT computer scientists - ThePhenomList, 2012
    • Whitelaw Prize for Originality of Design - MIT, 2010