About Alex

What I'm doing now

I'm a product manager at Pilot.com, building the future of the financial back-office for small businesses. I'm also an instrument-rated pilot.

What I did before

Before I joined Pilot, I helped lead Xero's accounting automation product group, where I worked on the core bank reconciliation product and helped save small businesses millions of hours a year of manual work.

Before that, I worked on international expansion and led Xero's launch in Asia. I grew the Asia team to more than 30 people, formed landmark product partnerships with major governments and banks in the region, helped achieve MVP in key markets, and set out the product roadmap for future success.

In between all that, I took a long sabbatical break, most of which I spent travelling and learning to fly small planes. During those adventures I travelled 105,000 miles and visited India, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the US.

What I did before that

Way before that, I built and ran the Asia business for a global advertising & technology services group. Most of that was corporate development and I worked on (and closed! and integrated!) a series of acquisitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. It was a wild ride, but the end result is today a wildly successful regional digital agency.

Even more way before that, I was strategy director, technology consultant and software engineer at an agency that is now known as AKQA. In the early days I built stuff (mostly web applications) for clients and managed the agency's content management and e-commerce products and its cloud hosting business. Later I mostly made Keynote presentations about doing those things (let's call that, "strategy consulting").

Other stuff

Over at Airborn.co, I'm working on a fun open-source side project with the mission of making it easier for pilots to calculate how much runway they need to take off and land (Github repo here)

Along the way, I picked up some degrees: an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA in History and Politics from the University of Melbourne.