He is originally from North Yorkshire. He has a particular interest really in the initial work to forming a product. Over the years he has run many design sprints and ideation workshops with different ranges of businesses, people and skillsets. It really impresses him how logically people think when they start putting pen to paper.
1. What do you do at MakoLab?
I run the UK arm of the business for MakoLab. Whilst predominantly this is sales, I also work across marketing, product management, client management, operations and finance. In essence, it’s like being a Managing Director on a highly micro level – and no day is ever the same, which is great as it keeps you on your toes.
2. How long have you been working at MakoLab, how it happened that you are working at Mako?
I joined MakoLab at the end of 2016 after taking a 5 month sabbatical following a redundancy from an old job. I met Mirek Sopek, CTO, probably 6 years previously to that and we’d always stayed in touch. I remember Mirek as an absolutely fantastic character and would on occasion dangle the carrot of working with Mako. After I got bored of the sabbatical, I picked up the phone and got in touch with Mirek. Next thing I know we were in Poland planning working together and I haven’t looked back since.
3. What have you been doing earlier?
Prior to MakoLab I’ve done a number of things. I’ve worked at leading agencies on the management, design and development of apps and websites for some of the worlds biggest brands. In between some roles, I worked freelance as a consultant for some really impressive startups and helped take them through conception and funding rounds, which I found unbelievably exciting. I should say that I started out in this industry self employed as well, having my own agency of 10 employees in the North East, so it’s been a very steep learning curve!
4. Tell something about you: where are you from, how did you start your adventure with digital marketing?
I am originally from North Yorkshire, so it’s a very different life there compared to what the city of London brings. I spent my teen years working at a theme park and, if you’d told me I’d work for some of the UK and Europes leading agencies back then, I would have probably laughed at your face whilst continuing to press the “Go” button on the theme park rides. A spontaneous concept between myself and friend from university found us forming a partnership under the name of “e-Shout”. I had a business management degree and an interest in the internet, and brought the two together. It was a very tough learning curve, with minimal highs and a lot of lows, but enough to maintain my love of Digital and the art of possible in Digital.
5. What are the areas of your job interests?
I have a particular interest really in the initial work to forming a product. Over the years I have run many design sprints and ideation workshops with different ranges of businesses, people and skillsets. It really impresses me how logically people think when they start putting pen to paper – but then also how they look more to how they can innovate. It brilliantly reflects those times you see a child use crayons and explore their imagination. Translating those ideas and concepts to an actual product concept really excites me also, and watching it go in to production through the whole process is something I really love to watch grow and flourish.
6. Tell something more about your hobby and passions?
As with most Men in their 30s, I have a love for beer. Whilst I, like many others in the city of London, love to loosen up over a few drinks on a Friday night, I also like to get to lots of different beer festivals, micro-breweries and so on. Last year it saw me head to the Bierpassie (Beer Passion) festival in Antwerp and that was incredible. Outside of that, I like to try many of London’s restaurants (I have a Google sheet amassing over 400 restaurants from my time here, and a score for everyone that I have actually been to!) and I also like to stay pretty active as well – often heading to the gym, walking or going for a run.