Alton Wells, Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Alton Wells

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Location
Phoenix, AZ, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 27, 2020

Alton places a strong emphasis on product design and management from market analysis, UI/UX, testing and validation, prototyping, and development, through to managing releases and continuous development. He's designed a drone application from conception to early production, founded a company, and raised the first two fundraising rounds valuing the company over $2 million. Alton has a deep passion for the creative, collaborative, and exciting process of shaping new ideas into tangible reality.

Project Highlights

Look App
Collaborated with an early-stage team to develop an immersive media platform and product roadmap for a venture investment.
Apollo Surveyor
Led the formation, roadmap, requirements, and operations of the small company while spearheading venture financing, partnerships, and early contracting.
Spotify Experiences (Sample Deck)
This is a sample pitch deck I produced in one week to demonstrate potential deliverables to a theoretical client. It's a pretty neat idea.

Expertise

Work Experience

Product Manager

2019 - PRESENT
Simpleview, Inc.
  • Led the strategy, conception, and development of an enterprise reporting application in the tourism industry, resulting in the first revenues in a new line of business.
  • Led the formation of a partnership with a fortune 500 software company for product licensing and solutions implementation into our portfolio.
  • Developed a variety of niche, data-driven research problems focused on meetings and events organizations.
  • Produced an industry-leading podcast as an additive marketing strategy.

Product Consultant

2018 - 2019
Vidi VR
  • Built a comprehensive product roadmap, budgets, and product strategy for a small team in the Bay area.
  • Designed a novel token economy for immersive media the enabled content creators to be rewarded for quality content and viewers to be incentivized to participate in the application.
  • Built the company website, including a marketplace for immersive media devices (cameras, headset, gear, etc.).

Founder

2015 - 2017
Apollo Robotics
  • Founded and managed a small agile start-up focused on building drone applications for data collection and analysis.
  • Built a cross-functional team of young engineers and managed the development of numerous novel technologies.
  • Raised the first two key fundraising rounds valuing the company over $2 million.

Look App

https://medium.com/ostdotcom/ost-partner-company-case-study-look-by-vidi-vr-201e264350db

Collaborated with an early-stage team to develop an immersive media platform and product roadmap for a venture investment.

Look was an immersive media application originally designed as an iOS app for sharing and consuming 3D video and imagery. I worked with the founding team to expand the product roadmap to encompass a variety of additional features aimed at using tokens to incentivize a wide variety of uses on the platform. I collaborated with the company CEO to partner with a leading firm developing token infrastructure and assisted in designing the company's website and marketplace.

Apollo Surveyor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3YNakO9Hqk&t

Led the formation, roadmap, requirements, and operations of the small company while spearheading venture financing, partnerships, and early contracting.

The Apollo Surveyor was the culmination of over three years of work in developing a unique solution to the problem of ultra-high resolution aerial data collection. The platform is built upon multiple developments in cloud-based flight control software, onboard image processing, and multi-sensor payloads. My team and I developed an affordable, specific solution to meet unmet market demand in that space.

Tourism Network

Currently designing and building a low-code professional network for companies and individuals in the travel and tourism space.

It is an exposition into "low-code" software development and rapid prototyping. The project leverages common tools in the space such as Webflow, Zapier, Airtable, and Parabola, all of which are in active use by top companies around the world. The platform has the ability for unique profiles, posting, dynamic content, and more.

Digital Excellence Program

https://www.simpleviewinc.com/future-tourism-group/

Built a multi-product offering tailored to tourism organizations that sets a direct emphasis on increasing the destination's overall digital health and sophistication.

The digital excellence program is an enterprise solution designed to service tourism organizations to increase their engagement and offering to their direct stakeholders. The program encompasses the use of a custom data collection and reporting application, licensed software, and a bundled service model to provide high-touch implementation and training to the client. I designed, developed, and manage this offering.

Spotify Experiences (Sample Deck)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iO4eUIdFgg2f3bFUJjAZTNx5gTkz8y8G/view?usp=sharing

This is a sample pitch deck I produced in one week to demonstrate potential deliverables to a theoretical client. It's a pretty neat idea.

Spotify experience is a 2-sided marketplace where musicians can schedule, promote, and stream live music to fans worldwide. The concept lies around innovating in both the model for producing income for artists in subscriptions and donations while making significant advancements in the digital music experience.
2012 - 2015

Coursework towards a Degree in Engineering & Economics

University of Arizona - Tucson, Arizona, USA

Tools

Pencil & Paper, Adobe, Jira, GitHub, Figma, GIS

Paradigms

Low Code, Agile Product Management, Agile, Team Development, Agile Software Development

Industry Expertise

Cryptoeconomics, Social Enterprise

Other

Product Strategy, Aha!, Webflow, Market Research & Analysis, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), First Principles, Product Design, Operations, Product Management, Product Marketing, B2B Partnerships, Financial Modeling, Strategic Partnerships, Design, Solution Design, Strategy, Product Roadmaps, Growth Marketing, Drones, Remote Sensing, Partnerships, Startups, Early-stage Startups, JavaScript, SQL, HTML, Engineering Management, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Startup Funding, Websites, Fundraising, Tokenomics, Product Licensing, Project Tracking, Marketing Strategy, Business, Accounting, Engineering, Architecture, Sales, Financing, Web Development, White Papers, Solution Architecture, Business Solutions, Customer Engagement, Software Design, Pricing, Enterprise SaaS, Pitch Decks, Go-to-market Plans, Design Strategy, App Development, Mobile Apps, CSS, Feature Roadmaps, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD)

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