We are the team behind Roof, and we see ourselves as a little village. To us, a village is a group of people who come together around shared objectives and standards. Our village is defined by togetherness, accountability, and exploration.
We believe understanding different perspectives is a pivotal part of problem solving. We encourage ourselves to take creative risks, ask questions, be open to learning, and be willing to teach.
Togetherness is also the core of our app. Our goal with Roof is to create an application that fosters collaboration and fruitful human interaction.
We encourage ourselves to take creative liberties while being accountable for both the successes and setbacks of our decisions. We believe creative people thrive when they are in charge of an outcome, so we give ourselves a great amount of individual ownership over our projects.
We encourage ourselves to explore the world, learn from the people around us, and push our individual creative boundaries both while at work and away from it.
Everyone has a roommate story. Making Roof with my friends and college roommates has made for a pretty good story itself, and I'm loving every minute of it. I build and design our iPhone app and our business. I also do music things, eat clementines, and hang out in sunny places.
I've always loved to create, but while I used to only create nouns, software development with Roof has introduced me to the creation of verbs. Apps are unique, because unlike other products, they bring new action into the lives of their users. I'm happy to promote more sharing and communication in the world, and I'm thrilled to be working with people who share my excitement about the creation of verbs. When I'm not programming, I like to get as far away from my computer as possible - you'll find me hiking, camping, or reading a book outside.
I study graphic design at the NC State College of Design, and work as a marketing consultant for Raleigh's favorite storytellers: Myriad Media. Roof is my number one creative outlet and the reason I look for interesting ways to sleep as little as possible. It's been as much a learning experience as a creative outlet, providing me the opportunity to let my passion for changing the way people live guide my growth as a creator. Outside the Village, I spend lots of time crafting leather goods, taking pictures, and trying to thin out my bookshelf.
When Joao was developing the first ideas for Roof, I was living in the bedroom directly above his in our house in Chapel Hill. We moved into the house in Fall of 2013, and after some trial and error in the first months, a few passive aggressive notes, and some conflict resolution, we eventually lived in what I would call the quintessential college home. We were always making food together, playing poker, and working on our own individual projects. While Joao coded on the couch, I was generally writing comedy sketches, or editing short films. I’m happy to be writing for Roof, and helping to build it’s voice so that people can focus on the more fun parts of having a home together, like gambling and making snacks. I’m also a creator at Danger Friends, and tweet really dumb stuff on Twitter.
When I first heard about Roof, Joao and I were both students at UNC Chapel Hill. While I was wrapping up my B.A. in American Studies, Joao was working on a way to make living with others easier. As someone who had experienced a number of living situations (from living with my best friend during my Freshman year of college, to living with a larger group of people whom I didn’t know beforehand during my Junior and Senior years of college), the simple, yet useful concepts behind Roof spoke to me. Flash forward several years later and today I’m a writer and branding specialist based out of NYC. I’m psyched to be writing content for the Roof Village alongside my creative partner and best bud Miles. In my free time, I like running, yoga, reading, journaling, doodling, cooking and whipping up cocktails.