My name is Katie Smillie. I’m a California native living in Brooklyn. I enjoy building things that make people smile. Recently, I’ve taken a stab at time travel over at dearfuture.me. I also hacked together a small project that helps you learn more about yourself by answering a daily question with a friend. I was formerly a product manager at Kitchensurfing and at Miso, and was a product marketer at a social ad startup. Prior to that I was a tech researcher at Forrester. I am passionate about user research and wrote this blog post about why startups need to do more of it. In what feels like a past life, I also worked on political campaigns for two amazing women, this one from Washington State in 2004 and this one from Massachusetts in 2006. I still strongly believe that we need more females in elected office (among other places). I graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2005 with a bachelors in Economics and Political Science. I was also a sprinter on the track team. I appreciate the symmetry of opposing forces. I balance my competitive side as a runner with a spiritual yoga practice, healthy eating with periodic days of binging on these donuts, and frugality with spontaneous travel. Sometimes, I know my way around a kitchen.