Sam

Sam

Product Manager + Maker in Scotland

About

A 90's internet surfer with a passion within the intersection of technology and business. By day I'm a Product Manager for early-stage tech startups and by night I build small online businesses and experiment with my ideas.

Side Projects

2022

Beta Directory is a curated list of the latest digital products currently in alpha, beta, waiting list, or invite-only phase.

Beta Directory looks to find the latest tech products before they publically launch. As an early adopter of digital tech products, I couldn't find one online source to discover them. Instead, I spent hours on Reddit, Hackernews, Twitter and Indiehackers on a weekly basis mining for fresh new products to try.

Sure, other platforms include newly launched products, however, there wasn't anywhere for the super early adopters like me to discover the latest digital products. Product Hunt is amazing, but it only features products that have launched for the most part. BetaList is ok, but again the vast majority have already launched.

So far the directory contains over 300 products on the cusp of launching and looking for early adopters.

2021

The Creator Club isn't your typical newsletter! No fluff, no sales, just valuable, fascinating content sourced from around the web and distilled into a monthly newsletter.

I want to showcase and help you learn from some of the best new and established online creators and makers with my highly curated monthly newsletter which includes stuff such as the latest software products, early access betas, digital trends, learnings, weird internet subcultures and anything else I think will provide humor or value.

The Creator Club consists of over 6,500 curious subscribers and growing fast.

2018

NoCode.Tech was founded in 2016 with the goal of making it possible for people with any level of technical ability to build software and become a part of the digital world.

We believe no-code technology has the potential to revolutionize businesses and the way people work, and the only thing stopping it is the lack of accessible and engaging learning materials.

Fortunately, since its establishment, NoCode.Tech has provided invaluable resources to more than a million people who are just starting out with no-code technology.

In 2018, NoCode was acquired by Concrete Capital, and in 2022, it was acquired by Stacker.

NoCode is now a thriving online university, support community, and guide for everyone looking to take advantage of no-code technology, and with the help of groundbreaking learning tools, they are helping people bring their visions to life.

2016

Fiilo was acquired in 2016 by a US buyer.

fiilo, a minimalist, contemporary lifestyle brand based in London, uniquely crafting products using the latest 3D printing technology.

At fiilo we believe that businesses can extract real value from 3D printing, giving us the opportunity to manufacture our products on-demand, instead of having to build stock of thousands of units we just print when you order. Centralised mass production leads to inefficient distribution and waste, we don't believe in waste.

Our vision is to provide affordable yet well-designed additively manufactured products that don't have a negative effect on the environment.

Each of our products is made using 100% biodegradable PLA plastic. PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic that is derived from renewable resources, such as cornstarch. This makes PLA the most environmentally friendly non toxic solution in the domain of 3D printing.

Whilst developing the fiilo brand, we designed and built a unique hydroponics system (GrowGrow) that could be screwed into any standard plastic bottle, allowing you to grow herbs from your old recycled plastic bottles.

Work Experience

2022 — Now
Remote

Stacker lets you create the digital tools you need to engage your customers, partners and company, all powered by the data in your Airtable or Google Sheets.

At Stacker, we are passionate about providing the tools and resources to help organisations of all sizes to transform the way they work.

Our mission is to enable everyone to build and run their own software without writing a single line of code. From local business owners to Fortune 500 companies, hundreds of customers have already seen the value of our platform to quickly and efficiently create the digital tools they need to better engage their customers, partners, and employees.

As a Senior Product Manager, I am responsible for overseeing the product development cycle in two squads, which include customer research, requirements gathering, prototyping, development, and go-to-market execution.

We are proud to have the backing of Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Y Combinator, and Initialized Capital.

2021 — 2022
Remote

Softr is the easiest way to build custom apps and portals from Airtable, in minutes requiring nocode whatsoever. With Softr, you can build client portals, internal tools, marketplaces, online communities, resource directories, websites and much more.

Our mission is to democratize engineering genius and empower 99% of the world, who can't code, to create custom apps for their business or life. We believe everyone should have the ability to create the software they need, without engineers or designers.

We are building the world’s largest ecosystem for building no-code applications, where anyone can discover, create, collaborate, share and sell applications.

Softr is backed by FirstMark capital and a host of world-class angel investors in their fields.

2017 — 2021
London

F+L is a startup studio for non-technical founders to build, fund and scale revenue-focused tech companies.

• Created a series of product principles to establish our company's product culture.
• Managed founder and stakeholder relationships, negotiating terms, scope, team, and deadlines.
• Ideated, architected, coordinated, and launched the first 6-week validation program for early-stage founders teaching 20 founders.
• Established a new product and engineering process to ensure portfolio founders undertook problem, solution, and feasibility discovery prior to any development works.
• Ran regular founder webinars and workshops to teach product discovery and user testing best practices.
• Helped founders raise over $9m in combined pre and seed investment rounds.
• Played an active role in recruitment and team development and expansion of the product and design team.
• Line managed 2 junior and 2 mid-level PMs and conducted regular job performance reviews and development paths.