I realise all’s been barren on the Toby’s blogs front over the past couple of months… It’s been a hectic period in my life for a few reasons. Firstly, I’ve jumped onto the property ladder ( i.e. finally decided my life can’t wait for our politicians to figure things out!!!) I’ve also decided the time is right to leave Badoo for a new challenge.
I always saw my career moving more and more towards startups. Most recently I’ve helped take Lumen from 0 to its first 1m users – undoubtably the professional highlight of my career so far. Nothing compares to this feeling. I’ve followed the startup ecosystem in London over the past few years, both the super young and the scaling and there are incredible people doing big things, like Babylon Health, Monzo, CityMapper etc. London is building some of the brightest new wave of tech stars not just in the UK, but globally.
I started talking with some of these companies but something else has been nagging me too. I’m a firm believer that you should focus on learning early in your career, I certainly dont think I know everything about perfect product execution yet and desperately want new perspective but most importantly I want to learn from the absolute best – the killers.
With that in mind – if you work in tech, this thought process only leads you in one direction… FANG.
Of these four huge exceptional companies there are only two doing cool product stuff in London and it’s one of those two that most excites me, Facebook.
Facebook is a business that has inspired me ever since I first moved my account from Bebo (RIP) when I was 13. Their journey from dorm to 2.7 billion people is THE single greatest growth story in history. It’s completely changed society and is now at the epicentre of some of the toughest problems coming from this mind-numbing scale. Naturally – solving hard problems attracts the brightest in the world, and working in the single most killer product org that has ever existed was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I’ll be joining their Product team in June.
I’m super excited to move from working for millions, to billions. Life is always unpredictable, but I’m excited about what the future holds.
I'm a product leader with experience working with products at all stages. Currently I'm working in the Ads team at Facebook focussing on Audience Network - the intersection between advertisers, publishers and people on Facebook apps. Previously I led the product launch of over 50 dating app Lumen - from 0 to its first 1m users. Prior to this I was working on Bumble and Badoo - two category leading dating apps.