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.
- Founder, Outer Join
- Mentor and Limited Partner, Earnest Capital
- Advisor, FutureMe, Creative Collective
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.
Interviews & Talks
- 2016.10.04 CodePen Radio Dribbble podcast
- 2015.06.23 InVision Inside Design: Dribbble article
- 2015.06.09 DNSimple Rich Thornett on Bootstrapping Dribbble article
- 2015.03.19 Refresh Boston 1 on 1 with Rich Thornett Watertown event
- 2014.12.10 General Assembly Fireside Chat with Dribbble Founders Boston event
- 2014.03.23 Thoughtbot: Giant Robots Not Ruining Design (Rich Thornett) podcast
- 2013.08.04 Bubble Conf Interview with Dan Cederholm & Rich Thornett Amsterdam event
- 2013.06.19 Fresh Tilled Soil Dribbble Founders Q&A Watertown event
- 2013.05.14 HUGE Evolving Design Communities Brooklyn event
- 2012.07.23 One Minute With Rich Thornett article
- 2012.06.08 ValioCon In the Pink: A Labor of Love San Diego event
- 2011.11.10 The Changelog: Founders Talk Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett–Dribbble podcast
- 2011.08.04 Creative Bloq Rich Thornett on Dribbble article
- 2011.06.07 DIBI Conf MongoDB: Using NoSQL with YoSQL Newcastle upon Tyne event
- 2010.10.09 Ruby on Rails Podcast Dribbble: Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett podcast