AMA: Sawyer and Skylar from Oak / Makers of Dropmark, Siteleaf, and Symbolset
over 6 years ago from Sawyer Hollenshead, Partner at Oak Studios
Sawyer and Skylar here from Oak. We’re a Brooklyn-based product studio building creative tools like Dropmark, Siteleaf and Symbolset, and consulting with companies like Facebook, CreativeMornings and WorkingNotWorking. In total we’re 4 employees (and hiring!).
Skylar founded Oak back in 2008 and for most of Oak’s existence we’ve been a client-oriented web design shop. Over the years though we’ve launched our own products, and we’re beginning a pivot to be more product focused as we continue to build self-sustaining ideas. We call our own shots, are 100% bootstrapped, and care deeply about building things that matter.
To give you a quick timeline of some stuff we’ve launched:
- In 2011 we launched Dropmark, a visual bookmarking and organization platform that’s coming up on its 5th birthday.
- In 2012 we launched Symbolset, semantic symbol fonts that turn words into icons. In 2015, Fort Awesome acquired Symbolset and are currently planning some exciting updates for it.
- In 2013 we launched Siteleaf, a CMS for static websites. Earlier this year we launched v2, adding full support for Jekyll.
- In between all of these launches we also launched some fun experiments like Pizza Compass, Gazette, Blue, and Newswordy.
We usually keep our heads down and remain focused on shipping results, but today we’re coming up for a breather and answering any questions you might have for us. Ask us anything!
We’ll start answering questions at 12pm ET on Skylar’s birthday (Wednesday July 6). Cheers!
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