We're happy to introduce Jesse Gibbs, our Head of Product, who has been with Rollbar two years this May . In addition to leading the product team, Jesse is the day-to-day product owner for new feature development in the Rollbar web app.
After growing up in Tahoe, Jesse studied Computer Science at UC Davis. Originally majoring in Physics, he took an Intro to CS course because it was a requirement and soon realized he preferred programming to physics. In addition to his BS, Jesse has an MBA from UC Berkeley, which makes him a great fit to lead Rollbar's product development.
After graduation, Jesse worked as a developer on issue-tracking and test automation software and ended up as the Product Manager because no one else was doing it. At first, he was informally making decisions about what to make and how to do it. As the team grew and roles were formalized, he was asked to be the PM. He found he really enjoyed doing product management; he Likes the fact that you get a full sense of what it takes to build a product and sell it. As he said, "You’re talking to customers, engineers, sales people, marketers, and customer support. I like getting the big picture. It uses a lot of different parts of your brain, and scratches the problem solving itch. If you enjoy talking with people then you get a lot of that too. It brings a lot of new challenges."
Jesse enjoys working in companies where developers are the end users, because he can relate to them and likes solving their problems. He also loves that developers will take pieces of a product and build off of it. After a few years of working on products that weren't developer-focused, Jesse was excited to come to Rollbar since he would get to move back into working on products for developers. In addition to being a developer-focused company, Jesse liked the company culture, which he describes as pragmatic, laid back, and friendly. For the future, Jesse is really excited to both improve the product for our core use cases and to expand it to help both our current as well as new types of users to use Rollbar for critical day-to-day work.
Outside of work, Jesse enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife and their dog Charlie(@charliethechiyorkiepm on Instagram).
We are excited that Jesse decided to join us in our mission of making software development easy!
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