About Dru Wynings

I was the first Business Development hire at Heyzap (funded by YC, Union Square Ventures, Naval Ravikant, & Chris Dixon), where I helped grow their distribution network for social game developers to 300,000+ websites.

At the age of 16 I took over the day-to-day operations of my father’s wholesale gift manufacturing company after my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I briefly attended UC Berkeley, before deciding to pursue a life of startups.

I previously founded: Pickup, a “Dropbox” for your browser; Hint, a context-aware mobile search engine; and Reputely, one of the first gamification platforms.

I took some time off from the startup scene to focus on my health and losing weight. Mission Accomplished! I lost 150 pounds in 1 year through diet and exercise.

I’m currently Head of Business Development at Diffbot, which turns websites into structured data using machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. At Diffbot, I’ve had the opportunity to build Crawly and Sift

You can follow me on Twitter, connect with me on LinkedIn, or friend me on Facebook.

Enough about me. What about you?

I want to help you. Seriously, there’s no schtick here! Though I like to think I know a lot, I also know what I don’t know. But I’ll try to point you in the right direction. Shoot me an email: dru@druwynings.com.