Howdy folks! Today is Friday so you know what that means – I am going to introduce you to a new member of the SoundCloud team! This week I am happy to introduce you to Jane Shin, our first community manager in San Francisco! She’s a true Californian who loves concerts and traveling! Listen to her audio interview below and read more below.
Hi! How are you doing today?
Heyo! I’m doing very well! Happy Friday everybody!
First, can you take a minute and let us know what you do at SoundCloud?
Sure thing. I’m a community manager along with the rest of the rad folks on the community team. I interact with our awesome users to share the latest on the ‘Cloud and make sure they’re getting the best experience they can. It has only been a few weeks, but I’ve already connected with some wonderful people who are doing what they love through SoundCloud. That gives me warm, fuzzy feelings inside and solidifies why I love what I’m doing here.
You are working from the San Francisco office is that correct? What do you love most about San Fran?
Yep! It’s a small but neat office that’s coming together. San Francisco is a beautiful place with something in store for everyone, so you won’t be disappointed or bored. I like the chill yet busy vibe of the city in general, and the overcast weather is pretty nice, too! Don’t get me started on the food…
This is a question I always love asking – How did you get introduced to the ‘Cloud?
This was about two years ago when my childhood friend Geo shared his sounds on the ‘Cloud as an up-and-coming artist. I remember thinking I hadn’t seen any other sound/music-sharing site as visually and functionally appealing as SoundCloud’s.
And this is an easy one – What are your favorite things about working at SoundCloud so far?
- It’s instantly clear that people love what they do here. I share that same sentiment. With that said, the people here rock. Everyone is super intelligent and funny. I can’t ask for a better set of teammates or a more inspiring environment to be in. As someone who wasn’t always in the tech/Internet scene (there was a time when I thought I would be a journalist!), I feel very lucky to be at a place where the learning and fun don’t stop.
- Enthusiasm for ping pong. I got schooled by Eric last Friday, even though he was playing easy. On the plus side, I am honing my skills and bringing my A-game back to San Francisco.
At the moment, what are your favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud?
Ack, this is hard. Too many talented sound creators are out there on the ‘Cloud. Johnny Ripper is gold. He has such beautifully crafted tracks that immediately remind me of the VIPs in my life.
For some lulz, SoundCloud’s very own Thom Cummings recorded a funny conversation he had with Siri. I think more people should record and upload their interactions with her.
One more! My friend Hannah is a talented illustrator who told me about this great podcast called Your Dreams My Nightmares, conversations with illustrators and art directors. The use of audio to provide insight into the visual world is very cool.
Lastly, do you have any fun facts you can tell us about?
I’m a concert nerd, and I have collected all the ticket stubs from shows I’ve been to over the years. They’re all kept safely in a book that I will continue to build and treasure forever. They may just be pieces of paper, but to me they’re records of all the good times I’ve had. If anyone needs a concert buddy, count me in!
Since that’s a photo of me from my July trip to Iceland, here’s a funny fact from that trip: Prior to it, I hadn’t driven in over 5-6 years since I can get around San Francisco without a car just fine. I also had never driven long-distance before. Lo and behold, I ended up driving the whole time on our road trip in South Iceland, covering roughly 600 miles or so. There are many other places I have yet to visit, but I can confidently say Iceland is one of the best places on earth.