This week in Knewton Peeps, meet Andrew Tayo, part of the Marketing and Business Development team.
Partnership Account Manager
What were you up to before you came to Knewton?
I used to work for another, though perhaps more accurate former, NYC startup called the Theladders.com. I did account management there for our F1000 clients, helping boost engagement and keep the relationships warm for renewal. I also worked on ecosystem security processes and automated feed management.
What’s your background/what was your path to Knewton?
Me finding my way to Knewton was one of those happy accidents of the universe. I applied on a whim, from a public job posting no less, mostly because I found the site’s copy quirky and entertaining and Jose’s bio compelling. However, once I was in the room, Chris and Effie blew me away with the grander vision: creating a scalable and open platform, built on adaptive learning technology and data mining, to power educators throughout the world. I was sold on the spot.
What part of the job do you enjoy most, or what’s the one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I enjoy the degree of autonomy I have with which to pursue projects and opportunities to find partners that help enhance the Knewton brand and spread our products to new customers. I also spend a lot of time optimizing our customer service ops. Our efforts there resulted in us providing a much higher level of service with a bigger student base.
What are you working on now?
Working on corporate outreach projects, a mobile partnership, web-based lead gen, and furthering our reach to likely customer segments.
Any hobbies, secret quirks, or talents?
I have an uncanny ability to recognize faces and voices. I never forget a face, but never remember a name. Go figure.
What’s your favorite place or neighborhood in NYC?
I like running up to Carl Schurz Park on the UES. I’m from here, so I have a soft spot for all things NYC.