John McGrath

[email protected]  ·  (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 significant experience in news media, social software, and 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 over 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 2009 my language-oriented social network,, 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

Part of Interactive News Technologies, a group of software developers working in the NYT newsroom. Designed and built products for both breaking news stories, and data-driven events like the 2008 election.


January 2006 - August 2009

Conceived and built Wordie, the premier social network for logophiles. It grew to 15,000 passionate users before being sold to Wordnik in August 2009. The site was covered by TechCrunch, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and many others.

Various projects


Conceived and built, a social cataloging site for collectors.

Conceived and built, for Tweet scheduling, management of multiple Twitter accounts, and Google Calendar integration.

Conceived and built, 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.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Lead Developer
November 2002 - February 2006
Woods Hole, MA

Led a team of developers building web applications and tools to support oceanographic research and education.

Vignette Corporation

2000 - 2002
New York, NY

Consultant for the professional services division of an enterprise CMS software vendor.

StarMedia Networks

New York, NY

Developer at the first Internet portal for Spanish and Portuguese speaking audiences.

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