Frank Harris

Hi! I’m VP Product at Betterment. Previously, I led Product at Cover, was a Group Product Manager at Etsy, User Experience Designer at Google, & User Interface Designer/Engineer at The Washington Post.


Cobbler's children have no shoes

Feb 02, 2014

I purchased nearly 13 years ago. I was a junior in college, and focused on getting a job and graduating, in that order.

It would be 8 months later before I would launch my first site. Then months before graduation, it transitioned to a portfolio site bolstering my much sought after experience (emphasis mine).

The portfolio site ended up getting me a job at The Washington Post — mostly because the hiring manager found the domain intriguing and felt the site was worth a cursory look.

Since then, I’ve worked at Google and Etsy building web products delighting and infuriating at times passionate users. But, I never found the time to maintain my personal website beyond a simple "Welcome!" page or until more recently a redirect to my profile page.

For the last decade, each year I would renew my domain and daydream about content. Sometimes it would be in blog form, other times music or pictures. I researched technologies and even switch web hosts seasonally thinking that was the missing piece, but knowing full well it wasn't.

I never planned on keeping the domain for as long as I have but at this point it seems like a shame to give it up.

Late last year, I left Etsy to do a startup with some good friends. I now have less time than I've ever had before, but in a weird way it seems like the perfect time to collect my thoughts regularly, so I don't go insane.

Here goes nothing.