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Meet the Lollipuff Founders

By Bebefuzz

Many of you know me (Bebefuzz) as the public face of Lollipuff. That's to be expected. I do a lot blogging, customer service, and operations. What you may not know: I have a pair of amazing Lollipuff co-founders who toil away behind the scenes. I'd like you to meet all the Lollipuff founders...

Fei Deyle: Lollipuff co-founder

Fei Deyle

What's your background?

There's already a blog article about me, but to recap... by training I am an electrical engineer. I used to work as a sales director in the power industry. I absolutely loved my job, but the prospect of working full time on Lollipuff was just too alluring.

How did you get involved in Lollipuff?

I absolutely love Herve Leger. A few years back, I created a blog dedicated specifically to the brand. Due to the massive number of fake Herve's on eBay, the blog became a safe haven for people to buy and sell directly to each other. In the meantime, I became an expert authenticator for several different brands.

Tracking bids by email and Excel was time consuming, which resulted in a long waiting list. Plus, the blog was just Herve. I realized: If others (like eBay) aren't gonna solve this problem, I will.

What's your role at Lollipuff?

Most of my time is occupied by community management, customer service, operations, and marketing. But I do a bit of everything, including some graphics design and even writing some html code.

 
Travis Deyle: Lollipuff co-founder

Travis Deyle

What's your background?

I have a PhD in robotics (electrical engineering) from Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab. After that, I was a postdoc at Duke University working on "cyborg dragonflies." It's a bit too involved to discuss here, but you can read a bit more on my personal website or my robotics blog. I'm a pretty solid programmer and hardware hacker.

How did you get involved in Lollipuff?

Fei and I are highschool sweethearts. We've been together for 13 years and married for 4 years. Fei asked for some help programming the first version of Lollipuff, so I spent some nights and weekends helping her out.

Soon it became apparent that Lollipuff had a lot of potential. Being at something of a crossroads in my career (deciding whether to go into academia, industry, etc), this seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up, so I signed on. I'm really glad I did!

What's your role at Lollipuff?

I'm a Linux and Python (the programming language) expert, so I spend most of my time working on "backend" development and devops. In other words, I program and manage Lollipuff's servers. I also help with other things when needed: marketing, customer service, design, etc.

 
David Mohs: Lollipuff co-founder

David Mohs

What's your background?

I have a Masters in Computer Science, but I've been programming since I was 10 years old. In the past, I've worked at Sandia National Laboratories doing computer security, at ITA Software to build airline pricing software, and most recently at Google building mobile and web apps.

How did you get involved in Lollipuff?

Travis and I met a long time ago at Sandia. We talked a lot about programming and kept in touch over the years. Travis visited Boston for a robotics conference and stayed at my place. He kept talking about this website that he and Fei were building. He asked if I was interested. He said something like, "Do you really want to spend your days developing obscure features for Google+ (my current project at work), or would you rather come make millions of women happy and help us build something amazing?"

A few weeks later, I gave notice: I was leaving my posh gig at Google to help make Lollipuff a reality.

What's your role at Lollipuff?

I'm a full-stack engineer. I work on backend code (server stuff) and frontend code (like javascript in the browser). I also try to help out in lots of other facets of Lollipuff: marketing, customer service, operations, design, etc.


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