early stage startups. But I’d tasted travel and didn’t want to give it up. Luckily for me, remote work is a thing now.
I took off for Asia, building on my existing freelance client base and starting my own consultancy. For 18 months I provided a full suite of marketing and communications work from high-level strategy and market research to messaging and content creation. Clients included Birmingham City University, Nottingham Trent University, and TedX Brum. I travelled extensively during this time. Eventually, wanting to do something with a larger team in tech, I sought a new role.
For the next two years I headed up product marketing at a big data and analytics software studio, where I led three SaaS products to market that focused on helping people collect, report on, and migrate data. With the freedom I was given I increased website visits and sign ups by 30%, 10xed MRR, and led a beta and product launch for a SaaS product.
I was also lucky enough to experience a truly remote-first work culture here. I cotinued to travel to new places every few months with the freedom that culture gave me. I sometimes wrote about the life of remote work. I learned a great deal about working in a cross-functional team, motivating myself on a daily basis, and overcoming the challenges of 100% remote work.
Nowadays I’m helping to grow Ably. I live in East London, riding up and down Regent’s Canal when the weather permits. I take pictures of buildings and people. I think and write about APIs, software products, and markets.
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