Rich Thornett

software developer · product director · indie entrepreneur · investor

In a Nutshell

Founder of Outer Join, the premier job board for remote work in data science, data analytics, data engineering, and machine learning.

I'm a long-time software developer and indie entrepreneur, and co-founder of Dribbble. I’ve spent over twenty years designing and developing software at blue chips and startups and have led efforts in product design and direction; software engineering and architecture; and hiring product teams.



Co-founder of Dribbble, a social network where designers share work, build a following, find inspiration, and get hired. It’s arguably the design industry’s most influential community, featuring premier jobs, top teams, and global meetups. What started as a side project with a friend became a bootstrapped, profitable business and one of the most trafficked websites in the world. I led the company for 8 years until we sold a majority stake in 2017.

I’ve also built software at IBM, Fidelity, PatientsLikeMe, NLG (acquired by World Travel Holdings), and Bitpipe (acquired by TechTarget), among others.


I live on Boston’s North Shore in quirky and historic Salem, Massachusetts with my supastah wife, Susanna, and our two obstreperous delightfully irreverent children. I’m passionate about: podcasts, communities, softball, and basketball. Once upon a time, I dunked.

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