I'm currently pursuing an MS in Computer Science from UCLA (previously at UCLA CS undergrad).
Below are some projects and internships I've worked on along the way.
🦄 Unicorner 2020-presentDiscovering the greatest early stage startups
Unicorner is a startup newsletter that sends an up-and-coming startup to your inbox every Monday morning. Started in 2020, our goal has always been to make learning about startups simple. Our two-minute rundowns are read by thousands of curious entrepreneurs-to-be across the globe. We also run startup events!
Check out our Product Hunt page for an uncomfortable yet informative explainer video we shot in my friend's office.
🏦 Mercury 2023(Not a) startup bank
I did full-stack engineering for Mercury during the summer between my undergrad and graduate studies. Mercury is a leading banking solution for early-stage companies. Especially following the SVB fallout, Mercury found itself as a top choice for startups.
Two major things led me to Mercury:
During most of my time there, I led the engineering for our organization avatar functionality.
💊 GoodRx 2021Enabling healthcare savings
I joined GoodRx in 2021 as a product management intern. It was a special time for the company. Following its IPO in 2020, GoodRx was committed to extend its mission towards improving healthcare at large. There were a lot of new initiatives being started, and I was fortunate to be placed at the inception of one.
Alongside the full-time PM, I co-led the launch of GoodRx Rewards. The goal: incentivize user engagement with our mobile app using daily rewawrds for "checking in" and taking your medication.
Some of my responsibilities:
🇦🇲 SmartGateVC 2021-2023When culture meets tech
When I say culture, I don't mean it in the sense of work culture. I mean it literally: SmartGateVC is an early-stage deep-tech VC firm founded in my home country of Armenia. I joined the team as a community and program manager at a critical moment in early 2021. We had just won a competition from the city of Glendale, CA to build a new accelerator program serving the area. We had $500k and a space to make it happen.
There I was: SmartGateVC's first U.S. employee. I helped the team launch Hero House @ HyeRise, a 7,000 sq. ft. co-working space and innovation hub serving the greater SoCal area. In the year that followed, I helped organize events, develop startup programs, and build a community of thousands of tech professionals in the LA area.
In the summer of 2022, I also launched and headed the Armenia Tech Trip, a 10-day-long exploration of Armenia's booming tech ecosystem. I managed nearly all aspects of the trip, including marketing, applications, scheduling, and sponsorships. We visited over 30 different institutions.
👥 Covalent 2020-2021Building bonds in a remote era
Covalent was built out of necessity. Picture a team of college students, two months into the pandemic, all participating in a remote accelerator program. We needed a good way to connect and learn more about each other.
Introducing Covalent, an all-in-one virtual team-building solution. I led a team of eight students working in engineering, design, and marketing roles. I laid the groundwork for most of the engineering myself before handing it off to the rest of the team.
Stats: 1,000+ unique players, 300+ games started
Technologies used: Next.js (React.js), Node.js, GraphQL, AWS (Amplify, Lambda, S3, DynamoDB)
Vibes: absolutely immaculate