Nate is fascinated by the personal, social, and cultural roles of technology, and the ways that research and design can transform them. After pioneering and directing the user experience department at Clear Ink in 1999, which included the construction of natural environment and remote observation laboratories, Nate co-founded Bolt | Peters. He now serves as president and CEO, overseeing hundreds of user research studies for Hallmark, Oracle, Time Warner, Levi’s, Restoration Hardware, and many others. Beginning in 2003, he led the creation of the first moderated remote user research software, Ethnio, which is being used around the world to recruit live participants for research on web sites and applications.
Nate regularly gives presentations on native environment research methods in both commercial and academic settings. Working with faculty at the University of California, San Diego, he created a degree, called “Digital Technology and Society,” that focused on the intersection of technology and mass population usage. He also completed a year of communications studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he was jailed briefly for playing drums in public without a license.