For my first post Pencil, I wanted to interview Sydney
As one of the creators, I’ve seen lots of interviews Sydney has conducted and written, but thought it was about time that the community learned more about him (outside of his ‘About Me’ post)
How did I get in touch with Sydney?
I first met Sydney during my Sophomore year at University; in fact, he helped me get my first internship in the healthcare industry through his first startup TalentTrail
It all started with TalentTrail
TalentTrail, a platform that connected employers with employees, aimed to redefine the recruiting process for students
It was a great experience, but he decided on a new direction
After noticing that TalentTrail’s value prop, the matching process, diminished with scale, Sydney and his partner, Ryan Choi, decided to play around with a new idea. After awhile… Pencil was born
Always trying to solve problems, Sydney kept working
After experimenting with a couple of different ideas, Pencil, which started as a side project, became exactly the project he was looking for.
Pencil is a solution to the ‘old’ way of writing blog posts
By combining concise text with rich graphics and pictures, Pencil aims to convey more by saying less. And it’s working.
But how does it work?
Sydney believes that the key to Pencil, or any website, revolves around the community that it serves. He, therefore, aim to continue planning updates and features that focus on serving its users
And it's because of that mentality, that Pencil is growing
Not too long ago, Pencil was featured on Product Hunt, a website that lets users share new products for others to discover. After being successfully hunted, Pencil grew substantially.
And it still is.
Thanks to a bunch of users committed to producing quality, consistent content. I’m looking at you @jeremiah, @lelper, @geeky_yang, and many more.
The community deserves some props
But of course, even more props has to go to @Sydney and his partner Ryan, who continue to put in tremendous amounts of work to keep the site in its best working condition, for users like us.
What led Syndey here?
With a father who specialized in pathology, and a mom who worked as a medical technician, Sydney surreptitiously escaped the field of health… right down the street to tech
Growing up with chess
As seen in his "About Sydney" post, he started building communities back when he was young; working with a lot of people engaged in the chess community
He kept moving, and kept growing the communities he loved
Extending his experiences with working with chess organizations into many other facets of his life
It's led him to where he is today
Between creating TalentTrail, a community of people looking for employment, and Pencil, a community of people looking to share their experiences, it’s clear that we’re in great hands
We're looking forward to the next chapter
Thanks for helping empower us to tell our stories, chapter by chapter, in ways we weren’t able to before; don’t change, Sydney