About Us

The Company

We launched WonderHowTo in January 2008 with our own money, and later, with professional backing from General Catalyst. Given our backgrounds in television programming, motion graphics, and software development, early on we chose to pursue instructional topics we were most curious about. With an original taxonomy of 476 categories, sometimes we wandered pretty far off the reservation. But we always kept exploring. More recently, we have chosen to narrow our focus into fewer verticals we found genuinely intriguing, inherently dynamic (and not evergreen), and ripe for future innovation.

To create even greater focus and expertise, in early 2017 with approximately 12 million monthly uniques, we launched the WonderHowTo Network. Four new sibling verticals, covering not just How-Tos, but the latest news, reviews, rumors, and insider information on the areas we find the most interesting. We would love to hear your feedback. Help us make these verticals...wonderful.

The Team

Stephen Chao
Co-Founder / CEO

Co-founder with Mike G. I majored in Latin at Harvard. Spent two gonzo years hunting stories for the National Enquirer. My eyes were opened by the tireless curiosity of the case study method at Harvard Business School. Before the era of massive fragmentation, I ran Fox Television and USA Network. At WonderHowTo, our glorious burden is to explore those verticals we find...wonderful.

Mike Goedecke
Co-Founder

Hi, my name is Mike and I am one of the founders of WonderHowTo (with Stephen Chao). My passion is filmmaking, directing and shooting to be specific. I got my MFA from USC film school. I'm on the set whenever I get the chance. I love Art and Design and have had my own company for 20 years creating commercials, network branding and short films.

Bryan Crow
CTO
@BryanTheCrow

Got started coding by hacking together a home-brew simon game for the SEGA Dreamcast VMU at 15, and more officially by studying CS & IT Management at CTU. Now 1 start-up sold, 2 kids, 5 domains, and 25 programming languages later, I'm proud to have grown the WonderHowTo network of sites from zero to over 2 billion pageviews.

Jennifer Welsh
Editor in Chief
@MicrobeLover

As a young girl, I spent most afternoons in my mother's research lab sorting instruments, eventually growing flasks of cells and testing out compounds that could potentially be used to treat cancer. Our dinner table discussions prominently featured the word "apoptosis" and drove my passion for everything science and tech. I parlayed this love into an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, then into a job running the cell culture and antiviral drug toxicity testing wing at a biotechnology startup in San Francisco. When I got sick of the smell of ethanol and the buzz and blue glow of the sterilizing UV lights, I enrolled in the University of California, Santa Cruz's Science Communication program to learn about writing and journalism, and to develop my passion for new media and blogging. After stints at WIRED, The Scientist, Discover Magazine, and LiveScience, I spent a few years at Business Insider, where I built the science vertical from scratch and helped launch the ephemeral standalone site Tech Insider. In 2016, I joined WonderHowTo to start building our network of sites focused on science and technology, drive editorial operations site-wide, and open our New York City offices.

Justin Meyers
Managing Editor
@burkinfarct

Writing has always been my passion, I just haven’t always known it. As a young child, I’d draw my own comic books with elaborate storylines because I thought I could do better than everyone else. In high school, I was the only kid who could get away with profanity in assignments because I didn’t just use it to be cool. When I became a commercial/industrial electrician, I’d complete crossword puzzles at lunch and write short film ideas at night. During my 4+ years as a US Army 11B, I fell in love with David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. and penned multiple novellas in my limited spare time that I believed would make great films one day. In college, I had the habit of turning three-page essays in 15-pagers because everything was just that fascinating to me. I earned my screenwriting degree at Columbia College Hollywood where I dabbled in film editing, cinematography, and photography, and found out that I excelled at script editing/doctoring. I began working for WonderHowTo part-time in 2008 curating videos for every topic imaginable, eventually hosting my own Scrabble blog, until I settled in naturally to a full-time editor position specializing in Macs/iPhones, my preferred tools of the trade. These days, I run Gadget Hacks’ iOS department and help maintain quality across the whole WonderHowTo network.

B.J. Mendelson
Associate Editor
@bjmendelson

I've been crafting great content and distributing it around the web, successfully, since 1998. That would lead me to consulting for Fortune 500 companies, all while attending classes at SUNY Potsdam. In my travels around the globe as a public speaker on all things marketing, I was given the nickname "The Mark Twain of Social Media" by numerous media outlets. Today I write comic books at night and edit the news for WonderHowTo by day.

Bruce Gain
Driverless Editor
@brucegain

My early childhood memories date back to my obsession with cars and tech. After studying how my parents drove the family car as a toddler, I could wait no longer to take the wheel of my father's V8-charged Ford Fairmont at the age of 12. (I escaped arrest, in part, by sitting on pillows so the police did not notice my short height when they passed me driving on roads and highways.) I shortly thereafter learned how to create very rudimentary games on a Commodore 64 and to program in Basic in the early 1980s. After earning a BA in English from West Virginia University with a heavy course load in chemistry, I discovered much to my delight I could observe cutting-edge tech firsthand and get paid for it after landing my first writing commissions with Omni and Popular Science. I have since worked in the capacity as an in-house editor or writer for a number of publications, including Electronics Buyers News, Sailing World, Variety, Technology Review, and Automotive News. I also very briefly enrolled in and dropped out of law studies at the Sorbonne University School of Law in Paris (École de Droit de la Sorbonne) in the interim. And, today as the editor of Driverless, I have a front-row seat for the development of self-drive vehicles as they begin to have profound changes in transportation, machine learning, and mass employment as machines begin to operate cars, trucks, and buses better than humans can.

Dallas Thomas
Gadget Hacks Editor
@DHTIII

I've always been a tinkerer — from taking apart toys as a kid, to working on cars for a living in my 20s. Almost compulsively, anytime I come across something new, I have to examine it from all angles and get a thorough understanding of how it works from the inside out. As you can imagine, that drive became an obsession when I got my first smartphone, and ever since then, I've been soaking up and exploring everything the mobile industry has to offer. I've gained a respectful appreciation for Apple and iOS over the years, but deep down inside, my true love is and probably always will be Android.

Jason Odom
NextReality Contributing Editor

After years of developing PC games with publishers like Activision and Take 2 as well as teaching game development, I moved into augmented reality and more recently, specifically HoloLens development. When I am not writing or doing Next Reality work, I am creating HoloLens mixed reality applications with C# and Unity.I have a passionate focus on finding new and unique but natural approaches to UX.

Kody
Null Byte Editor
@NullByteWht

Science and technology have always captivated my attention, driven by a desire to understand and interact with systems in the world around me. This desire to understand and build launched my career as a researcher and entrepreneur, focusing on operations, business development, and market intelligence research roles at Uber and other less abrasive logistics and transportation network companies in LA’s tech industry. After establishing deep ties in LA’s fashion district, I came to share my experience through advising fashion industry startups on cybersecurity and technology projects through partnerships with industry nonprofit organizations. I'm a wireless security researcher, ethical hacker, urban explorer, professional photographer and computer science student. Communities like Null Byte and local hacker spaces are responsible for a significant amount of my information security education over the past four years. At Null Byte, I get to talk to some of the smartest, most interesting people in the information security industry, and give back to the community to help keep the experience of learning ethical hacking wonderful.

Cynthia Wallentine
Invisiverse Contributing Writer

With a BS from the University of Utah, I have a real interesting in the developing edge of science and the microbial world. On the writing side, I have worked in corporate, legal, media, and higher education settings. Science, photography, mythology – my interests and windows to the world.

Sheryl Wood
Invisiverse Contributing Writer

I love to write about all things science — when I'm not flower gardening. A proud UConn grad, with a BS in Medical Technology, I worked in the research field for over 30 years on projects ranging from alcohol and drug interaction to the immunological aspects of rheumatoid diseases.

Amboy Manalo
Contributing Writer

As a kid, I always had a knack for making classmates break into laughter while class was in session — earning myself 1000-word essays as punishment on almost a weekly basis. I now realize just how far this hard-learned skill has taken me throughout my life, from earning an undergraduate degree in History from New Jersey City University, to my current job as a writer. My aim is cover all the aspects that make iOS and Android devices so wonderful to use — without sounding biased or pretentious.

Anthony Corrado
Contributing Writer

East Coast native, Midwest transient, LA resident. Have eaten post-Phillies game soft pretzels sold out of shopping carts, can tell you what a lutefisk is, and have cursed the SigAlert. I now code.

Bettina Mangiaracina
Contributing Writer
@b3ttina_

I have a BA in English writing and women and gender studies from Hunter College. I'm a former University of Virginia Semester at Sea student, and a graduate from Christ University in Bangalore, India. I've traveled to over 45 countries around the globe — from Morocco to Myanmar — and my most recent trip was a two-year stay in the South of India. I’m an avid reader of literary fiction, former drama student at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and a health and culture enthusiast.

Jake Peterson
Contributing Writer
@jakecpeterson

I am a writer and media producer from New York City. I studied Film and Television at NYU. I previously worked at Apple as a Technical Specialist, and at NYU as an audio technician. I love TV, movies, video games, news-binging, and finding the best tacos in NYC.

Jennifer Alpeche
Contributing Writer

I originally thought my major in college would be economics. Through my first two years, in fact, that was fully my intent; until one day, it just all changed and I realized I'd be much happier writing. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English, a minor in creative writing, and have continued to write in some form ever since. Like my light-bulb moment in college, though, I had another after my first real job, which happened to be in the tech sector at a web directory. I've since worked as a search editor/analyst my entire career, helping to improve relevancy, accuracy, and freshness, and stamping out clutter on the web. My English degree has served me well in ensuring this quality. I've worked for Yahoo and Bing and startups like SearchMe, which had endeavored a new spin on search: visual search. I was a contributor for years at About.com (long before it became Dotdash), and today I have the fortune to help build content at WonderHowTo. I think it's all turned out pretty awesome so far, my career path, and I can't wait to see what's next.

Juliet Gallagher
Contributing Writer
@julesgallagher9

I am a writer currently getting my BA in English and Theatre Arts at Rowan University. I am an avid reader and news junkie with an interest ranging from politics to the latest app innovation to the incredible developments happening in the automotive industry, like Apple Car. My passion for writing comes from a desire to tell stories in any fashion. I love all things social media, but especially twitter.

Kevin M.
Contributing Writer

I have a Bachelor's in computer science from New York City College of Technology. My fascination with Android began when I realized Samsung was decent at hardware and subpar at software. I've now been building, developing, and modifying Android for six years.

Sarah Tseggay
Contributing Writer
@sarahtseggay

I am a junior at Rice University studying cognitive sciences and sociology with a passion for writing. My fascination with science and technology began at a young age and has played a huge part in my life. As a science news junkie, I'm constantly searching the web for the newest Apple announcements, Tesla updates, and alerts from the CDC.

Tommy Palladino
Contributing Writer

I am a communications professional with more than 16 years of experience in a variety of fields, including technology, manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. I reside in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, with my wife Tiffany, my daughter Aria, my son Trent, two dogs, and a cat. I consider myself to be a gadget geek. I've conned my way into playing bass for several bands. Finally, I am a fantasy football/baseball legend.

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