Hi, my name is Joel Rojo
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Who I Am


Joel Rojo

I'm an infinitely curious
designer, engineer, and entrepreneur.


I dropped out of Harvard to start my first venture at 18 and worked at Google's Creative Lab team when I returned to finish my degree. After graduating with a degree in Sociology & Computer Science, I launched and ran a tech startup and taught at Dev Bootcamp, the first-ever immersive coding school. Now I work with Google's experimental startup incubator, Area 120.

Born and raised in South Texas, I consider myself a digital nomad, primarily spending time between Austin and LA. I'm an avid yogi, mountain biker, surfer, and amateur musician, and my love for the art of the craft (design, code, music, film, food) is limitless.

Joel Rojo

What I do


Design

Development

Strategy

Graphic
& Visual

User Interface

JavaScript
& React

Python
& Ruby

User Experience

Product
& Brand

What I've done


  • All
  • Design
  • Development
  • Management

Where I've Learned


  • Google, Area 120

    Nov 2017 - June 2018

    Designer & Engineer

    Area 120 is an experimental program within Google to help small teams rapidly build new products in an entrepreneurial environment.

  • Dev Bootcamp

    May 2016 - Dec 2017

    Campus Director & Lead Instructor

    Dev Bootcamp is the first short-term, immersive bootcamp that transforms beginners into full-stack web developers in 19 weeks.

  • CODE2040

    April 2015 - April 2016

    Entrepreneur-in-Residence

    A program powered by Google for Entrepreneurs that is designed to empower Black and Latina/o entrepreneurs to take their companies to the next level while cultivating diversity in their own communities.

  • TicketKarma

    Oct 2014 - Dec 2015

    Co-Founder

    A last minute ticket marketplace for good people that brings simplicity, trust, and community to the secondary ticket market.

  • BrightCo

    July 2013 - March 2014

    Director of Product

    New York based early-stage startup that offers brands, organizations and investors access to the world’s most talented young entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives.

  • Indeed

    July 2012 - July 2013

    Labs Product Hacker

    Internal R&D team of the Indeed Product team that helps envision the future of Indeed's products via rapid prototyping, iteration and invention.

  • Springpad

    Sep 2011 - Aug 2012

    Technical Producer

    Led production in complete rebranding and redesign for a top consumer web and mobile app with over 1 million users.

  • Google

    Summer 2010 & 2011

    Creative Lab & New Business Development

    Two-time Google BOLD intern focused on marketing and business development for Chrome and Google+.

  • West Campus Living

    Dec 2007 - Dec 2012

    Co-Founder

    A real estate brokerage that leveraged web technology to become the market leader in the UT Austin area.

  • Harvard University

    Sept 2007 - May 2012

    Sociology & Computer Science

    Studies focused on the intersection of science, technology, and society.