An Introduction

In 134 words

There’s nothing quite like reading on Oyster. Every detail has been designed to create a beautiful and intuitive experience for reading on your phone or tablet. With spot-on recommendations based on what you like to read, and book reviews written by our award-winning editorial team, it’s easier than ever to find your next book.

Subscribe to Oyster Unlimited for $9.95 a month to get access to 1 million books or buy virtually any book in the world in our store. There are over a million books on Oyster including new releases, award-winners, indie favorites, and more.

Oyster is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook HD, Kindle Fire, and the web.

Let’s be friends, shall we? Say hi and follow us on: Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Oyster was founded on the notion that a well-read life is a better-lived life.

Our Founders

We started Oyster because we wanted to create a more modern and seamless way to read and discover books. We aim to pioneer a better way to read for all.

Before starting Oyster, Eric Stromberg was a Product Manager at eBay, where he led the development of personalization products. He arrived at eBay through the acquisition of Hunch, which created the world’s largest “taste graph,” mapping the unique tastes and preferences of every person on the internet.

While at Hunch and eBay, Eric was an Advisor to Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture fund, where he invested in companies like IFTTT, Kitchensurfing, and Sift Science. Eric started his career at Goldman Sachs, and studied History at Duke University. He swears that one day he’ll work (or play) for the Washington Wizards.

As CTO, Andrew Brown leads a highly-skilled team of engineers, overseeing the development of the technology that is at the heart of Oyster’s products, while still making time to write code himself.

Prior to starting Oyster, Andrew worked at Google, where he optimized ads for DoubleClick for Publishers, the world’s largest display ad serving system. Before that, he helped build the platform underpinning Microsoft's Office 365 for Business. Andrew’s perseverance is one of his most notable qualities, contributing to both his climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro and his determination to camp out for three months to secure a ticket to the Duke-UNC basketball game.

In his role as CPO, Willem Van Lancker leads a diverse team—including designers, writers, customer experience associates and editors—all focused on making sure that readers have the best possible experience on Oyster.

Previously, Willem was a product designer at Google, where he contributed to the vision and design of Google Maps. As a designer at IDEO, he worked with global brands on human-centered design. Before that, he designed at Apple and worked on branding for MLS and NHL teams at adidas. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Willem was also a professional sailor and US Coast Guard licensed captain. He dreams of living on a sailboat in NYC.

Team Oyster

In order of appearance

  • Cameron Spickert

    Before leading Mobile Engineering (and being employee no. 1) at Oyster, Cameron worked on iOS Aviary and studied Computer Science at Harvard University. He also lives farther north than any other employee at Oyster.

  • Matt Shatz

    Matt leads partnerships and revenue strategy at Oyster, bringing years of experience from Random House, Nokia, and Booz Allen with him. He received his MBA from Columbia and BA from Wesleyan, and still holds onto his dream of becoming a golf champion.

  • Vivek Patel

    Vivek graduated from NYU and co-founded Tech@NYU before joining Oyster as a web engineer. He is a passionate advocate for web standards, responsive design, and has a keen eye for typography.

  • Rohith Salim

    Before joining Oyster, Ro was a software engineer at Rent the Runway and was on the Product Management team at Yelp. He was born in India, raised in Dubai, and got both his BS and MS at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Ro is the nicest person at Oyster.

  • Rafik Salama

    Rafik leads our Server Engineering team. A modern renaissance man, Rafik previously worked on infrastructure at Path, studied at Brown, and did a brief stint as a sous-chef in a trendy San Francisco restaurant.

  • Alana Heiss

    After graduating from NYU, Alana managed sales & marketing at several publishers, including HarperCollins and Taschen. She now drives partnerships and content, developing new opportunities for our business. She has taught us all how to make a proper cocktail.

  • Kate Welsh

    A native midwesterner, Kate brings her St. Louis charm to Oyster’s Customer Experience team. Before working at Oyster, she worked at The Wylie Agency, interned at Random House and the New Yorker, and studied at Barnard.

  • Carly Macleod

    Carly joined Oyster after receiving her master’s from Columbia and writing for the Huffington Post. When she’s not managing HR files and leading team events, she spends her time writing and running in Brooklyn.

  • Ben Crane

    Ben works on our Customer Experience team acting as a bridge between our readers and engineers. Before joining Oyster, he studied Philosophy at Vanderbilt and worked on creative strategy at SYPartners. He has a booming laugh.

  • Dimitri Stancioff

    Before joining the mobile team at Oyster, Dimitri built apps for companies including Disney and News Corp. He was also a professor of Mobile Media at Parsons. He is originally (and proudly) from the great state of Maine.

  • Thierry Bertin-Mahieux

    Thierry leads our Data Science team and is a native Montrealer. Before joining Oyster, he earned his PhD from Columbia and worked on data science at Birchbox, Google, and the Echo Nest.

  • Brian Mitchell

    Before joining Oyster’s design team, Brian studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked in industrial design. He is equally talented at building apps and new office furniture.

  • Susan Goldblatt

    Susan is a member of Oyster’s Engineering team. She graduated from Brown University, and when she’s not writing code she trains for marathons and experiments with new dessert recipes.

  • Kristin Morrison

    Kristin works on acquisition marketing for Oyster. She graduated from Princeton, where she captained the lacrosse team, and then went on to work at Goldman Sachs and Bonobos. She has a passion for the outdoors and photography.

  • Dionne Chingkoe

    Before joining Oyster to work on business intelligence, Dionne worked for the Boston Consulting Group and graduated from the University of British Columbia. Her love affair with travel has led her to over 30 countries and counting.

  • Sara Forster

    Sara works on public relations and brand for Oyster. Previously, she worked at Ruder Finn, a global communications consultancy, and graduated from Swarthmore with degrees in Media Studies and Religion.

  • Kevin Nguyen

    Kevin joined Team Oyster after working as an editor at Amazon. He is the founding editor of the award-winning Bygone Bureau and has written for Grantland, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review (he is also skilled with gifs).

  • Allison Esposito

    Before joining Oyster to work on marketing, copy, and social, Allison was the copywriter at Foursquare, and led marketing strategy for numerous startups. She received her master’s degree from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Mengxi Lu

    Mengxi is a member of Oyster’s data science team focused on data pipeline and customer insights. Before joining the team, he received his master’s degree from Duke University and worked as an engineer at Tumblr.

  • Dhiren Bhatia

    Before joining, Dhiren was an engineer at Goalbook and NVIDIA. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, wore a Steelers jersey on his second day at Oyster, and now works on our server engineering team.

  • Andie Safon

    Andie works on the Customer Experience team. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, is a native West Coaster, and she worked as a behavioral therapist for special needs children before joining Oyster. She finds New York very cold.

  • Brian London

    Brian is a member of our data science team. Before joining Oyster, Brian received his PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University and was a postdoctoral scientist at Columbia University working with machine learning and monkeys to develop brain controlled prosthetics.

  • Kurtis Melby

    Before joining Team Oyster, Kurtis worked as a software engineer at Yodle and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He is now part of the server engineering team, and someday hopes to combine Settlers of Catan and Ultimate Frisbee into the world’s greatest game.

  • John Sheehy

    John is a member of the Android team. Before joining Oyster, John worked as a software engineer on the West Coast and developed a knack for camping during the winter. He is originally from Ireland and has an excellent accent.

  • Jeannie Mun

    Jeannie is Oyster’s CFO. Before joining the team, Jeannie led the finance team at MediaMath and got her MBA from Harvard. A New Yorker for over a decade, she enjoys cooking and escaping the city to hike.

Interested in joining Team Oyster?

That’s great to hear, let’s make this a reality. Check out our current opportunities.

Author Advisory Board

At Oyster, we think authors should have a central voice in the conversation around the future of publishing. The Oyster Author Advisory Board is made up of a small group of authors who we work with on a regular basis to gather input on product and content decisions, ensuring that our business continues to be good for authors.

We are thrilled to be working with these talented authors:

Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestselling YA novels Before I Fall, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. Lauren's first adult novel, Rooms, was published in September 2014. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com

Megan Abbott is the Edgar award-winning author of seven novels, including The End of Everything, Dare Me and The Fever. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Best American Mystery Stories 2014, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. She is also the author of The Street Was Mine, a study of hardboiled fiction and film noir. She has been nominated for awards including the Shirley Jackson Prize, the LA Times Book Prize, and three Mystery Writers of America Edgar awards.

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.

Press & Partners


Featured Press

  • CNET

    If you’re an avid reader, Oyster may be a must-have library for your mobile devices

  • The New York Times

    The prettiest of the digital e-book subscriptions

  • TechCrunch

    Best iOS & Android Apps of the Year

  • The Today Show

    An all you can eat buffet of new releases, bestsellers, and more.

  • The New Yorker

    A handsomely designed app

  • Google Play

    #1 New Featured App
    Beautiful Design Award - Summer 2014

  • Atlantic

    The value proposition to readers is undeniable

  • CNN

    Simple navigation and a clean, well-designed interface

  • BetaBeat

    You can try things, abandon them, pick up dozens more books and browse through them to your heart’s content, at no extra cost

Selected Partners

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    Simon & Schuster

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    Penguin Random House

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    Reading Is Fundamental

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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    National Geographic

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    Gilt City

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    Oprah Magazine

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    Grove Atlantic

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Interested in working with Oyster?

We love spreading the life well-read with new partners. Visit Contact to find the right person to connect with.

What’s in a name?

Why are you named Oyster?

Which I with sword will open

Oyster was inspired by the famous Shakespeare line, “the world's mine oyster.” We like to say that the world is yours for the reading. That being said, we’d never turn down a plate of delicious Blue Points, either (best enjoyed with a Dark ‘n’ Stormy).

Now for something fun

You might be an Oyster reader if you’ve ever…

  • missed your subway stop because you got lost in a book.

  • skipped a party to read in bed alone.

  • spent a day in a funk after finishing a great book too fast.

  • named a pet (or child) after a favorite book character.

  • snuck in a few pages behind your computer at work.

  • dated someone purely because of their taste in books.

  • dumped someone purely based on their taste in books.