Dollars to Donuts

Steve Portigal

Dollars to Donuts
77 MIN2016 MAR. 15
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This episode features Gabe Trionfi, the Manager of Research at Pinterest. We discuss the evolution of user research, collaboration between disciplines and the journey versus the destination.
Great researchers really know the on the ground, in the trenches, skills, tools, things they have to do to move forward with the group, but they also have to play this unique role where they pop out and get the bird’s eye view or the broader context and think about that, but not in a way that distracts the rest of the team. And then they port back down to the blood and the guts of what we’re doing every day in the trenches to figure out how can I take those observations that are abstract and make them useful for the team? So all research conversations for me waver between the two. They’re up in the air, really philosophical, abstract, but then also down on the ground, really practical, really technical. – Gabe Trionfi
Show Links

* Gabe Trionfi
* Follow Gabe on Twitter
* Pinterest
* Joe Namath guarantees it
* Joe Montana goes to Disneyland
* Failure to Lunch
* June Jo Lee
* Michael Graves and Target
* Tiffani Jones Brown
* Sherlock Holmes
* Evan Sharp
* Ben Silbermann
* Social graph/interest graph
* Altay Sendil
* Larkin Brown
* Cassandra Rowe
* Jolie Martin
* Paul Pattishall
Julia Kirkpatrick
* Burlington
* Country Style Donuts
* Tim Horton’s
* Millionaire Donut Shoppe

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Steve:Let’s start with the introduction. Tell us who you are, what you do, where we are today.
Gabe:Yeah, so my name is Gabe Trionfi. I’m the Manager of Research at Pinterest. I’m a researcher. It’s what I do. It’s what I want to do. It’s not the journey, it’s the destination for me. I’ve been doing research for about 10 years. I’ve been at Pinterest for about 3 ½ years now and we’re in the office, third floor, new headquarters for Pinterest. And we’re in Alberta, a Canadian province theme named room.
Steve:Very appropriate.
Gabe:Very appropriate.