Founder, Product Lead @Upgraded Product Studio | Low-Code, No-Code, Automation, Product, MVPs | ex Noodle Partners, EDGEof, Minerva
San Francisco, CA
Hi, I'm Rod. I manage and build MVPs for early-stage startups and mature companies exploring new markets. Currently, doing this by leading a fully remote team of makers, developers, designers, and strategists (at Upgraded), utilizing skills in automation, building MVPs, low-code technologies, and user-centric decision-making. My entrepreneurial drive led me to work with, lead, and grow organizations across the USA, Singapore, and Albania — all before I turned 22. ➢ Currently leading Upgraded, a full-service product studio enabling companies go to market 5-times faster than usual by utilizing the latest automation and low-code tech. ➢ Graduate at Minerva University (2% acceptance rate), an elite US-accredited global higher-ed institution paving the way for a new wave of student-centric learning through project-based, active and experiential classes while hustling in 6 cities around the world in 4 years (San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and London). Let's connect! I'm always down for a small chat with interesting people. 📞 Schedule a call: https://schedule.upgraded.dev/ 🌎 Website: https://upgraded.dev/
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Jan 2021 - Present
Upgraded Product Studio
Founder, Product Lead
Founder and Product Lead at https://upgraded.dev -- a low-code products studio focusing on MVPs building.
May 2019 - Aug 2019
- Pioneered the technical aspect of implementing Jira as a company-wide project management tool. - Achieved turnaround time reductions for my 170+ colleagues of 20% or more. - Upon analyzing users’ needs regarding remote social engagement, online annotations, and online campus, I assisted to scope out and fit 9 products into the Noodle Product Stack. - Worked on user behavior and user stories to build an academic social media platform (ACE Engage).
Mar 2016 - Aug 2018
Albania's Business Generation
➢ Albania’s Business Generation is an organization that started in March 2016 to empower entrepreneurship within Albanian youth. ➢ Rolled out the biggest ever entrepreneurship program for high school students in Albania — a 6-month practice-based franchisable program. ➢ Trained and supported more than 250 students aspiring to be entrepreneurs, brought together 60+ mentors, 30+ companies, and helped in the incubation of 50+ student-led projects.
Apr 2018 - Jun 2018
Paranoid Internet GmbH
Community Manager & Growth
Bootstrapped & scaled two multi-million dollar client's product growth strategies through GTM, communications, hypothesis-driven testing, retention, engagement, and monetization.
2017 - 2021
Minerva Schools at KGI
Bachelor's degree, Economics, Econometrics, & Human-Computer Interaction
2015 - 2017
Kokomo High School
US High School Diploma, General Studies