Otis Chandler is the founder and chief executive officer of Goodreads, a free website for book lovers. Launched in early 2007, Goodreads exists to help people find and share books they love.
Chandler first discovered the joy of reading when he was in second grade. Since coming across the Hardy Boys series, he has been hooked on reading and has been doing so for both fun and education. Always on the lookout for the next great book to read, Chandler was scanning a friend’s bookshelf for ideas one day when it hit him – when looking for books to read, he would rather turn to a friend than a random person or a bestseller list.
That was when Chandler decided to build a website where he could see all of his friends’ bookshelves and find out what they thought about their books. He and his wife, Elizabeth, created the site in his living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books and that they could build it.
Today, Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, with 30 million members, 900 million books, and 34 million reviews. Goodreads is the place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create “bookshelves” for books that you’re reading, have read, and want to read. When you’re not sure what to read next, the site will give insightful recommendations based on what you have enjoyed in the past.
A software engineer at heart, Chandler loves working on Goodreads to make it the best product possible. With Goodreads, he is able to combine two of his passions: reading and building websites. Prior to Goodreads, he was a software engineer and product manager at Tickle.com. Chandler earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.