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John McGrath

john@entelo.com  ·  (207) 332-8709  ·  @wordie

I enjoy working with smart, pleasant people to build interesting, useful software. I've been building web applications since the 1830s and have a particular interest in social software enterprise SaaS.




Co-founder, CPO
July 2011 - present
San Francisco, CA

I built and led Entelo's engineering and now product teams as we've grown the company from a team of 2 to almost 100. Over 450 customers rely on Entelo's software to identify, qualify, and engage with talent.


Director of Product
August 2009 - August 2011
San Mateo, CA

In August 2009 my language-oriented social network, Wordie.org, was acquired by Wordnik (now Reverb), where I was responsible for the web site, among other things.

The New York Times

Senior Software Engineer
January 2008 - August 2009
New York, NY

I worked for Interactive News Technology, a small group of developers working directly in the New York Times newsroom to build tools and applications for and in conjunction with reporters and editors.


Founder and developer
January 2006 - August 2009
Portland, ME and New York, NY

Designed and built Wordie.org, a collaborative social dictionary and the preeminent (and only!) social network for logophiles. The site was covered by TechCrunch, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and many others.

Designed and built CalenTweeter.com, for Tweet scheduling, management of multiple Twitter accounts, and Google Calendar integration.

Co-founded and built Squirl.info, a social cataloging site for collectors.

Designed and built TagsAhoy.com, a cross-service tag search engine.

Other projects include Testeroni, a site for making and taking tests, BucketHead, a Ruby gem for interacting with Amazon S3, and YellowCard, a comment moderation plugin for WordPress.


December 2006 - December 2007
Portland, ME

Developer at LibraryThing.com, a social cataloging site for bibliophiles.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Lead Developer
November 2002 - February 2006
Woods Hole, MA

I led the team building the backend for www.whoi.edu, and also did scientific programming to help serve WHOI's unique research needs.

Vignette Corporation

Architect, Principle Consultant
2000 - 2002
New York, NY

Consultant for the professional services division of an enterprise CMS software vendor, leading teams of developers from initial requirements gathering through post-launch and maintenance.

StarMedia Networks

New York, NY

Developer for a Spanish and Portuguese-language portal site.

Columbia Journalism Review

Webmaster (my actual title!)
New York, NY

Designed and built database-backed sites for the Columbia Journalism Review, the Pulitzer Prizes, and the duPont Awards.

The News Review

Santiago, Chile

Reporter for the News Review, an English-language newspaper in Santiago, Chile.

Bicycling for Awareness and Responsible Development (BARD)

Los Angeles, CA to Tierra del Fuego

Planned and completed a 14,000 mile bicycling expedition through thirteen countries, raising money for north-south development organizations through an organization I co-founded with my later partner in Squirl (see above).


Columbia University

New York, NY
M.S., Graduate School of Journalism, concentration in New Media

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
A.B. History/ Environmental Studies