Thank you for stopping by my home on the web. I currently lead the engineering team at Postscript.

In my free time, I advise entrepreneurs and students at the Farley Center at Northwestern University, the Wond'ry at Vanderbilt University, and Nashville Entrepreneur Center. I love helping others and have a passion for the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

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About Me

An abbreviated bio and headshots are available here.

Working

Postscript

I lead the Engineering Team at Postscript, a mobile messaging platform for e-commerce stores. Some of the best investors in the world back Postscript, including Y Combinator, Greylock, Accomplice, and OpenView. We're a fully-remote team striving to build the greatest remote engineering team in the world, and we are hiring!

Hypothesis

I am a Partner at Hypothesis. Hypothesis is a startup studio and investment firm that launches, funds, and scales exceptional companies outside the Bay Area. I source early-stage investment deals, assist with deal diligence, and advise our portfolio in my areas of expertise, such as product development, technical execution, and strategy.

Volunteering

Farley Center at Northwestern

I am an Advisory Board Member for NUvention: Web & Media at The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University. In this role, I volunteer to connect with undergraduate and graduate students in various capacities, including 1-on-1 sessions, ongoing team mentorship, and presenting lectures in class. I also regularly participate as a judge at pitch events. Additionally, I work with the program's faculty to deliver feedback and provide input on the course's curriculum.

The Wond'ry at Vanderbilt

I am a Mentor at the Wond'ry at Vanderbilt University. In this role, I volunteer to meet students for one-on-one personalized guidance in my areas of expertise and provide opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center

I am an Advisor at Nashville Entrepreneur Center. In this role, I volunteer to guide entrepreneurs and small businesses in the areas of technology, product development, and growth. My contributions vary, including 1-on-1 mentoring, small group sessions, acting as a long-term champion mentor, and presenting to groups virtually or in person at the EC.

In the past

I was Director of Engineering at Vivid Seats. There, I led a large group of software engineers across several teams. I led the teams responsible for building and growing the direct-to-consumer ticket marketplace giving millions of fans an opportunity to see their favorite teams and performers at live events. In 2019, the marketplace generated $2.3 billion in annual GOV with experiences across Web, iOS, and Android. Before my role as Director of Engineering, I led the Mobile App marketplace, where we grew order volume by 4x in three years. Vivid Seats went public in 2021.

Before my time at Vivid Seats, I was an engineering leader at Avant. There, I led the development of the first-to-market direct-to-consumer mobile app lending product for customers in the US and UK. Avant was one of the most well-funded startups in the Midwest, raising $1.6 billion in debt and equity financing.

Before my role at Avant, I led the development and delivery of Groupon’s mobile Coupons product. We delivered the new vertical product to over 80 million customers. Coupons became one of the highest margin businesses at Groupon, going on to earn more than $65 million in revenue in 2015. During my tenure at Groupon, I contributed as a named inventor on 7 patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

I am also a serial entrepreneur, having started several businesses. I have experience raising venture capital and bootstrapping revenue-generating companies. I sold my e-commerce marketing and payments company, Distilled, to Modest, which was later acquired by PayPal.

I studied Computer Science and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I have lived in rural Illinois, Evanston, Chicago, Florida, and Nashville.

Prior speaking appearances

Speaker, InFlight Sessions, Hiring for Scale at Nashville Entrepreneur Center - October 14, 2021

Guest Lecturer, Building a Landing Page for your Startup at NUvention:Web at Northwestern University - February 9, 2021

Speaker, InFlight Sessions, How to Find a CTO at Nashville Entrepreneur Center - October 27, 2020

Panelist, Mobile DevSecOps Panel: Building Secure Mobile Apps Used by Millions at DevOps World - September 23, 2020

Guest Lecturer, Launch Planning & Agile Product Cycle at NUvention:Web at Northwestern University - April 7, 2020

Host and Emcee, Mobile Growth Chicago - February 6, 2020

Panelist, Mobile Growth Chicago - November 15, 2019

Panelist, Chicago DevSecOps Meetup - October 3, 2019

Guest Lecturer, Launch Planning & Agile Product Cycle at NUvention:Web at Northwestern University - April 10, 2018

Guest Lecturer, Launch Planning & Agile Product Cycle at NUvention:Web at Northwestern University - April 4, 2017

Panelist, Alums of NUvention:Web at Northwestern University - February 24, 2015

Guest Lecturer, Customer Segments and Personas at NU Project Pitch at Northwestern University - January 27, 2014

Panelist, Customer Relationships at entrepreneur@NU at Northwestern University - May 8, 2013

Featured in

My work has been featured in various publications, including BuiltIn, USA Today, and Tech Crunch.

Building Vivid Streams: How Vivid Seats Found New Ways to Bring Live Events to Customers - BuiltIn Chicago - August 10, 2020

How to Give a Meaningful Performance Review, According to 3 Team Leaders - BuiltIn Chicago - February 12, 2020

Vivid Seats Android App Named Google Play Editor's Choice - Google Play

Meet Pinal and Nic, making waves at Vivid Seats - LinkedIn - June 22, 2017

Groupon Brings Freebies to iOS Devices, Creating the Most Widely Distributed Mobile Coupon Platform in the United States - BusinessWire - June 11, 2014

Groupon gets into coupons, challenging RetailMeNot - USA Today - November 20, 2013

Lightbank Invests $650,000 In walk.by, A New Platform Connecting Local Merchants With Online Shoppers By Way Of Smartphones - Tech Crunch - April 10, 2013

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Bio

Nic Roth leads the Engineering Team at Postscript. He has been a leader and software engineer at Groupon, Vivid Seats, Avant, and various startups. He studied Computer Science and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, spends time advising others and teaching entrepreneurship and software development practices, and has been living in Nashville, Tennessee since 2020.

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Contact

The best way to get in touch with me these days is via email. My address is fairly unusual, but it's short and sweet. n@nr.cm

Meet with Nic

You can access my calendar and book a meeting on my scheduling page. While somewhat impersonal, this is the easiest way for you to view my availability and schedule time at your convenience.