Work Experience

My Product Path

Senior Product Manager (Interim Director of Product)

Oct '16 - Present // Ancestry

After exiting my previous startup, I was determined to find a company with a human mission. I jumped at the opportunity to take the product lead over Ancestry's industry-best mobile apps. My first major project was to deliver a company wide, Global Mobile Strategy. It was an absolute blast working with our Executive Team to bring the strategy from ideation, to iteration, and then execution.

And oh yeah, I also did a ton of hands on, feature level work to increase all of our favorite acronyms as well: Engagement KPIs (MAU/DAU + NPS) which inevitably led to higher performing Business Metrics (LTV, MRR, ARPU, etc.)

Head of Product & Engineering

Nov '09 - Sept '13 // Optini

Easily the most disruptive and innovative company that I've worked for, and also a company started by my dad and I. We started by building a platform to completely upend the online advertising industry, then partnered with Intel® on their Common Connectivity Framework (hardware and software proximity technology), and then leveraged that partnership to have my most unique business opportunity to-date: partnering with Shaquille O'neal on one of my app ideas. I learned lessons from my dad about "buyer's delight" and fighting for what you want in life, and I would never trade that time with him for anything.

Product Manager

May '09 - Nov '09 // Ziblio

Ziblio had a unique business model in leveraging exclusive, proprietary content to offer up stunning imagery for users to create their own photobooks. I was able to work with companies like NBC Universal, Zion National Park, and J.C. Penney to launch virtual and physical photobook campaigns. Learning the difference between brick-&-mortar and digital product management was a crucial step in my product path. I learned that getting a product on the shelves of top retailers is no small feat.

Associate Product Manager

July '07 - Jan '09 // PowerCode

Even though I started off as an Associate Product Manager, this company quickly became my Pandora's box for discovering all sorts of different opportunities in career development. I was basically over the product while also creating and forming a Value Added Reseller Network with distributed, tiered pricing SaaS models and I also hit up enough trade shows for a lifetime. I learned that it's possible to become overly passionate about ISP Billing Solutions.

Customer Support Manager

Jan '06 - July '07 // Rise Broadband

I technically started off as an installer for wireless internet, but my passion for installing wasn't nearly as hot as the rooftops I was working on, so I opted to become our 2nd customer support rep right before we hit a stage of hyper-growth (from a few thousand subs to almost 30k subs). I learned that I actually enjoyed working with angry customers in finding a solution that made them happy; I still remember the names of many of those people.

Education

Bueller. Bueller. Bueller.

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1998 - 2002 // Timpview High School

High Honors

Pushed myself through many AP and college credit courses that helped me finish my Associate's Degree rather quickly. Early passions were math, multimedia, art & architecture.

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2005 - 2006 // Utah Valley State College

Associate's Degree

I was immediately inducted into the Jr College High Honors Society called “Phi Theta Kappa”. I was able to complete my Associate’s Degree very quickly due to the college courses I took in high school.

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2006 - 2009 // Utah Valley University

International Business Management

Studied Business Management with an emphasis on International Studies. I am fluent in Spanish and love to learn & understand more about other cultures and languages. Ended up just shy of a B.S. but made up for it with experience.

Drumroll please...

And the winner is:

“Pitch Shaq” // Winner

Most people know Shaq as the NBA Champion and legend, but few people know that he is a major player in the business world and knows how to pick winners… since he is one.

Utah Innovation Awards // Finalist

It came down to two companies: My tiny little startup (David) vs a $300mm/year budget innovation machine in Disney Interactive (Goliath). Well, Goliath won. But being a Finalist was #winning enough for us.

App Store // Top Charts

Every single App that I’ve ever touched has either debuted or remained on the App Store & Play Store top charts for the entirety of its lifecycle. Try to find someone that can say that about 10 different mobile apps.

Testimonials

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Austin knows how to talk tech when it’s time to talk tech. He knows how to talk product in order to bring unquestioned business value. He’s my guy when it comes to mobile tech and all you need is five minutes with him to understand why.

Nick CannonEntertainer & Entrepreneur

Austin and I worked together to build Plus11. He managed our team of over 20 programmers and designers who worked with us both in-house and overseas. Austin was our company’s leader in building and marketing our apps with over 500k users, and showed great creativity & hard work in his pursuit to make the apps a success.

Nate BrysonCEO & Co-Founder

Austin has an uncanny ability to pick something up, learn it, and then dominate it. I’ve seen it for decades now and in many different situations; from fatherhood to his professional life, Austin will always give his all and his all is unparalleled.

Brady WrightEntrepreneur & Brother

Austin was my direct boss for more than 3 years. Dedication and commitment are the first two values you’ll luck out with when working alongside Austin. Followed closely by attention to detail, understanding of the bigger picture and scope. He’s well-versed enough in many different fields to comprehend the impact of each business decision.

Dillon WinspearCreative Director