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Summary

• 7 years experience in the UK tech sector.

• Strong Product Management experience - managed the development and launch of iOS and Android apps; website development projects; and API implementation.

• Consultant - 3 years experience advising companies on UX and development.

• In 2014 founded fashion tech company ‘Looks Good On Me’ (LGOM).

• Won University of Hertfordshire (UoH) Flare Award: LGOM - Best Business Idea.

• Established Strategic Partnerships - LGOM (25+ fashion retailers & tech solutions); PowerFX Systems AB (music aggregators); Teens Unite (celebrities & influencers).

• Exceeded Sales Targets - by 10x at Ginicam, and 5x at My Rewards Company.

• Secured Investment - £1million+ at Ginicam; £25k+ at LGOM.

• Strong Lecturing Experience - London College Fashion & University of Hertfordshire - topics included: user experience, marketing, & entrepreneurship.

• Confident Public Speaker - AppsWorld, Pure Retail, Innovate UK, AMEX HQ etc.

• Managed Marketing Campaigns - received national and international press.

Education

International Business BA Hons - First Class

Internationalisation of markets impacts most companies and organisations. As a result, managers increasingly need a global overview of industry and commerce. This course is designed to provide the managers of tomorrow with the business and management skills, language competence and cultural awareness needed for success in such a global business environment.

Recommendation

Andrew Francis - Head of Dept - Marketing & Enterprise - Business School at University of Hertfordshire

"Matthew is a graduate of Hertfordshire Business School and a really nice guy. Since graduating he has been involved in an innovative business start up project and has aspirations of his own too. Recently he managed "an audience with the new internet pioneers" - an event run collaboratively between Ginicam and the University - exciting stuff.

Switched-on, smart and dependable, I'm happy to recommend Matthew - we need more graduates like him!"

Harry Picken - Digital Marketing Specialist

"I worked with Matthew on a number of projects at University. He is a hard working, committed individual who never failed to give each project a vital boost with his string of industry connections."

Work History

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (FOUNDER) - PRODUCT MANAGER

The business developed and launched a website, iOS and Android mobile application to improve the in-store fashion shopping experience, engage consumers, and collect shopping behaviour data.

Key Responsibilities:

Product Manager - Worked with Scrum Master (COO) to introduce and explain Scrum to the rest of the team. Managed the product backlog and order priority. Utilised Scrum to facilitate communication between the team and the stakeholders and ensure that the website, mobile applications, and data collection system were delivered effectively and on time.

UX / UI design - Used Adobe Indesign, Affinity Designer and Flinto to test and optimise new features and user journey’s before adding to the product backlog.

A/B & Manual Testing - Facilitated A/B & manual testing of web, mobile and data collection products to optimise user experience and ensure good functionality.

Business Case & Strategy - Developed business case and strategy for Software as a Service (SaaS) initiative and secured £25k funding.

Strategic Partnerships - Formed strategic partnerships with tech companies delivering tools we could implement as API into our SaaS solution (CloudSight, Detego, Fuel3D). Formed partnerships with 25+ leading fashion retailers.

People Management - Assemble and lead a multidisciplinary team (10+ people) to develop, launch and promote the LGOM website, iOS and Android app.

Brand Management - Ensure branding and message appeals to target audience

Marketing - Use latest technology to create and manage campaigns that reach over 150k people. Grow social media reach to over 60k+ people. Manage and assign £5k budget for street campaigns, events and targeted ads.

Public speaking - Pure Retail, Apps World, AMEX, London College of Fashion, Google Campus (Slush & Dreamstakes Fashion)

Recommendation

Tom Mason - Chief Technical Officer - Looks Good On Me Limited

“Matthew is great to work with and an enthusiastic and passionate founder. He is as diligent in his approach as he is strategic and has proven this with the development of Looks Good on Me.”

Paul Kemp - Founder of TheAppGuy.co

"Matthew and Tatjana are incredibly inspiring entrepreneurs, full of energy and willing to give back to the startup community. I highly recommend doing any business, deals, Joint Ventures or projects with Matthew and Tatjana."

Trade Horizons & MJB Services

January 2015to date

CONSULTANT

3 years experience assisting companies with their technology development (website and app), user experience optimisation, business model analysis, market research, and distribution.

Product Management Methodologies - Advised on implementation of Scrum to manage and optimise software development process.

Established Clients - Fonica (through Trade Horizons), ReInvent Lifestyle, Startup Toolbox. I have also consulted for tech startups and entrepreneurs developing products in several different fields from Augmented Reality to food distribution.

Recommendation

Warwick Wyatt - Director of Reinvent Lifestyle

"Matt is an inspirational entrepreneur. We got in touch with him because of his expertise in app design and project management and to consult us on what we needed to do to build a native system for our web app.

His ability to understand the key areas of startups is very good and he quickly directed us to relevant resources."

John Lewis Partnership

July 2006to date

AUDIO AND TV SALES ASSISTANT (PART-TIME)

11 years experience part-time at John Lewis Partnership

Key Responsibilities:

Customer Service - Won several ‘service recognition awards’ and received multiple customer commendations

Sales - Won (despite being part-time) most ‘add on’ sales competition.

Product knowledge - Stay up to date on product assortment.

Customer Relationship Management - Use Salesforce Connex platform

Team Management - Assign staff to customers

Training - Train new partners to increase product and system knowledge

Processing credit finance - Hitachi Capital

    PowerFX Systems AB

    May 2013May 2014

    PRODUCT MANAGER - API

    The business developed the most advanced online DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for producing music Soundation.com.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Product Management - Utilised Agile methodologies to facilitate communication between the team and the stakeholders and ensure that the music aggregation API was delivered effectively and on time.

    Strategic Partnerships - Secured iTunes, Spotify, Deezer partnerships to enable premium users to upload their tracks for free.

    Business Case & Strategy - Developed business case and strategy for Software as a Service (SaaS) initiative and secured offers of funding of over £250k. Drove strategy for implementation of in platform music aggregation functionality that was instrumental in doubling user numbers to over 1 million and growing premium memberships by 4 x.

    Legal - Investigate legal requirements for setting up music distribution label.

    Public Speaking - Pitch the business at STING (Stockholm Innovation & Growth) and to investors.

      Recommendation

      Bil Bryant - CEO Soundation Studio, PowerFX Systems AB and CEO, PowerFX.

      "In working with Matthew two qualities I admire come to mind: passion and persistence. Matthew is very personable and has great enthusiasm. I certainly recommend his work."

      Ginicam Limited

      Aug 2012Apr 2013

      ASSISTANT PRODUCT MANAGER

      The business developed a new peer to peer video technology for conferencing and broadcasting, and cryptocurrency to enable per second payments for viewing live premium content through their own bespoke social platform.

      Key Responsibilities:

      Product Management - Assisted Product Manager & Scrum Master with implementing Scrum and streamlining the development process. Liaised with CTO and developers to provide regular updates to Product Manager on development progress and challenges. Joint managed the product backlog and provided input to the order priority.

      Business Case & Strategy - Assisted Product Manager, CEO, CTO, and CFO in forming business case and strategy for Software as a Service (SaaS) initiative and secured £1million+ in investment.

      UX Design - Used Adobe Indesign to test and optimise new features and user journey’s before adding to the product backlog.

      Business Development - Responsibility for the acquisition of key enterprise business accounts. I secured product trials with Disney, Creative Artist Agency, Linkedin, and SME's. A sales pipeline with commitments in excess of 10 x target was grown.

      Event Management - Internet Pioneers attended by 150+; Launch event; Investment Evenings

      Press Release - Write and distribute press release using Gorkana and journalist contacts.

        Recommendation

        Glen Richardson - CMO at Fruugo (managed Matthew at Ginicam Limited)

        "Matthew is fearless, he'll jump into any project at any stage at any level and hit the ground running. Despite his self-confidence (which is a good thing) he's always watching and learning from others who have more experience. I'm a little jealous of Matthew actually, I wish at his age I was hanging with people at the top of their game! I mean, I've been in the game for 14 years and Matthew's just arrived yet he's accumulating a killer network! Matthew sat (and contributed) at the same board table with MP Grant Shapps, Fazer from N-Dubz (cool guy) and even the Deputy Chairman at Carphone Warehouse. I have VERY high expectations of him. Remember this name folks: Matthew Blakemore."

        Roberto Torres - Software Engineer Analyst at Accenture (previously developer at Ginicam Limited)

        "I work with Matthew at Ginicam Limited and he has very good insights about trend topics online related to young people. Very proactive, he is always finding new tools online and new webpages with useful contacts, information and services. He is creative, enthusiastic, helpful, and understands and cares a lot about the student and academic world.

        James Eder - Founder & Chief Collision Creator @ Causr.co (invited to be a speaker at an event organised by Matthew on behalf of Ginicam Limited)

        "Earlier this year I was invited to take part in 'An audience with the new internet pioneers' being held in the Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire. I was very impressed with how well Matthew managed the event. It had some very interesting speakers, was very well organised, ran smoothly, and was well promoted online and around Hertfordshire. I found the networking after the event very useful. I can certainly endorse Matthew for his event management skills."

        Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

        July 2012December 2013

        PROJECT MANAGEMENT & MARKETING (VOLUNTARY)

          The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of young people aged between 13-25 with life limiting illnesses.

          Key Responsibilities:

          Project Manager - Organised: singers (for second track from West End); recording; production; distribution; and promotion.

          Songwriter - Wrote two songs targeting popular events (Olympics and Christmas).

          Marketing - Achieved radio airplay and interviews on BBC radio, Heart, and BobFM.

          Press Release - Secured local press coverage and celebrity endorsements (George Michael, Philip Schofield etc)

          Video Production - Achieved over 100,000 streams via Youtube on each track

          Recommendation

          Debbie Pezzani - Charity Co-Founder at Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

          "I would recommend Matthew without hesitation. He is a very talented and hard working individual. He has spent the summer volunteering with the charity and in this time has used his creativity to write and record a song and make a video with the teenagers we support. Matthew then went on such an effective publicity drive that not only was the song heard by over 130,000 people but it has resulted in some very exciting long term links and networks being created for the charity. We at Teens Unite are all incredibly grateful to Matthew for his enormous contribution."

          JUNIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

            The business targeted SME’s and large corporations to provide their staff and customer rewards program.

            Key Responsibilities:

            Product Management - Assisted Managing Director (MD) in implementing Scrum and streamlining the software development process. Worked directly with development team to ensure product backlog was delivered effectively.

            UX Design - contributed to new user journey for reward redeemer, client management, and reward providers.

            Business Case & Strategy - Assisted MD in forming business case and strategy for Software as a Service (SaaS) initiative.

            Business Development - Instrumental in securing new clients (AXA, Renault etc) and reward providers (Praktica etc). A sales pipeline with commitments in excess of 5 x target was grown.

            B2B Marketing - Produced and distributed B2B marketing materials.

            Customer Relationship Management - Use salesforce to provide exceptional customer service.

            Press release - Wrote and distributed press releases using Gorkana.

            Public Speaking & Networking - Represented MRC at conference events in South East England.

            Recommendation

            Tina Thomas - Managing Director of My Rewards Company Limited

            "I have worked closely with Matthew on several projects over the last 18 months. Matthew has a very enthusiastic, helpful nature. He is continually searching for new innovative ways to develop business and is extremely ambitious. He has single handedly set up websites and developed a network for their delivery to consumers and businesses. Matthew articulates very well and this lends itself perfectly to his strong presentation and communication skills. A valuable member of the team."

            Erasmus Portal

            Jan 2010Aug 2011

            CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (FOUNDER) - PRODUCT MANAGER              

            The Erasmus Portal was an online portal developed to assist new international students attending the University of Hertfordshire. The website aimed to provide all of the information a student would need to make the most of their stay.

            Key Responsibilities:

            Research and Development - Conducted focus groups to collect primary research to identify information current international students wish they had been told earlier. Developed website for alpha / beta testing with current International students. Used Scrum to manage own progress, created a product backlog and made judgements on the priority of each feature. Worked with multi-linguists to develop website in multiple languages.

            UX/UI Design - Used Adobe Indesign to optimise UX / UI.

            Business Development - Sourced 20+ deals with local business (car rental, restaurants, fashion outlets) to provide special deals for international students using the platform.

            Promotion - Presented the website to over 50 international partners of the university during Europe Week (May 2010), and to all new international students (1000+) attending the university in September 2010.

            Paradise Wildlife Park

            Jan 2009Jul 2011

            JUNIOR PRODUCT & PROJECT MANAGER

            Paradise Wildlife Park (PWP) is a family-run animal park that is the No.1 tourist attraction in Hertfordshire.

            Key Responsibilities:

            Product Management - Assisted DotMailer in managing Paradise Wildlife Park development team. Shadowed Product Manager implementing Scrum to streamline development process, and assisted in managing the product backlog and prioritisation.

            UX Design - Worked with DotMailer to optimise Paradise Wildlife Park website ticket sales UX - increased sales by over 300%.

            Project Management - Managed implementation of new interactive device and podcast for zoo visitors.

            Filming & Video Editing - Used Final Cut Pro to edit and produce video content for the interactive zoo device and podcast.

            Marketing - Formed email, press and social media marketing strategy, managed campaign delivery on time within budget.

            Social Media - Grew social media presence from zero to over 10k. Produced and distributed photo and video content.

            Press - Wrote and distributed press releases - achieved national (The Sun), and international (Aftonbladet, local.se etc) press.

            Public Speaking - Brand representative on Hertfordshire Tourist Board.

            Lecturing

            Various Universities

            January 2011to date

            Visiting Lecturer

            Please find below an up to date guide of my university lecturing experience at both the London College of Fashion and University of Hertfordshire.

            2011

            University of Hertfordshire - Digital Marketing in Practice - (invited to lecture by Rikke Duus)

            2014

            University of Hertfordshire - Creative Edge - Entrepreneurship - (invited to lecture by Marta Rabikowska)

            2015

            University of Hertfordshire - Marketing: Concepts and Campaigns - live case study and presentation marking - (invited to lecture by Issidora Paleologos)

            University of Hertfordshire - Small Business & Entrepreneurship - (invited to lecture by Maria Thomas)

            2017

            London College of Fashion - Fashion Marketing: “The customer journey: online” - (invited to lecture by Sharon Hughes)

            2018

            London College of Fashion - Fashion Marketing: “The customer journey: online” - (invited to lecture by Sharon Hughes)

            Recommendation

            Sharon N. Hughes, MA, BS - Fashion Marketing Lecturer (London College of Fashion)

            "Matthew has been a wealth of knowledge to my Fashion Marketing students. He is clearly well informed and knowledgeable about online retail and digital marketing and has been a great addition to my class curriculum twice. He is also a great speaker and very easy to work with. Thank you Matthew for your time, talent and knowledge."

            LGOM Portfolio

            PowerFX Portfolio

            Ginicam Portfolio

            Teens Unite Portfolio

            PWP Portfolio

            Hertfordshire County Council Portfolio