Jean Miller is a strategist with special interest in intercultural communication, social networking, global markets, and organizational development. She consults on digital strategy for international marketing, education, and corporate training.
When she’s not working on Dogpatch Technology, she serves as a Social Networking and Public Relations consultant for US India Corridor. She recently served as the Global Digital Marketing consultant to EMI Music, where she developed organizational strategy on digital marketing, community and social networking tools. Previously, she was International Initiatives Manager and Head of Regional Market Development for Germany, Austria, Switzerland at Linden Research Inc., where she managed an extensive online community, developed and executed customer acquisition and retention programs for Second Life, a collaborative, social networking, online virtual world platform, as well as negotiated and managed business opportunities in Brazil, Korea, and Singapore.
Earlier in her career, she worked in intercultural communication within online virtual communities at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, managed relationships for LucasArts, LucasFilm with international distribution partners, and analyzed Capital Markets trades while at Charles Schwab.
Jean is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Foreign Service and holds a Master of Science in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics as well as Master of Arts in Global Communication at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication.
Palmer graduated with a degree in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and co-founded Windward Mark Interactive, a video game and simulation startup based in the Boston area specializing in real-time graphics simulation. Windward Mark was acquired by Linden Research Inc., the makers of Second Life where Palmer became Render Team Manager as well as helped build and oversee Second Life’s viewer analytics until leaving to form Dogpatch Technology. Palmer has been the production manager for An Evening with Champions, a charity event that raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and worked with the VNA Care Hospice Network as a hospice volunteer for many years. Palmer has experience in iOS, C++, Python, HTML5, Ruby on Rails, Java, MySQL, and Node.js as well as leading Agile based engineering teams. He also runs the value investing blog, Valuable Behavior.
Why Dogpatch Technology?
Late one night after a long day of caregiving for her father, who was undergoing palliative chemotherapy for terminal gastric cancer, Jean ran out of room in the logbook she kept for all her father’s medical and appointment data. She called up Palmer and asked, “Why isn’t this on my phone?” And Palmer said, “Why isn’t it on your phone? Let’s build it!”
Palmer and Jean later formed Dogpatch Technology in 2011 to better help patients and family caregivers through the medical system. They named the company after the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, where Jean grew up and where they are currently located. After Jean’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, they created Appointment Buddy, an app to help caregivers and patients share notes between doctor’s appointments.