Product Management :: Product Marketing
Arthur Meadows has 15 years' experience in the software industry, both in the UK, Europe & in the US.
He classes himself as a product manager and product marketing manager and a retired programmer - he has always been much more interested in the business processes underlying the software, rather than the nuts and bolts of its programming.
Since November 2008, he has been based in Cambridge, UK. He has spent over seven years in the US during several periods: in Dallas, Texas and in Northern California (in the good ol' boom days, prior to the tech crash in 2000) and San Diego, California. His former positions have included translation engineer, QA tester, change management consultant and project management specialist.
He has an MBA from Judge Business School, Cambridge University. Whilst at Cambridge, he caught the innovation bug and has been fascinated in new ideas and building new ventures and helping small software companies ever since. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Product Management Network, a professional network for technology product managers in Cambridge.
On completion of his MBA, he took an abortive flight back to San Francisco, his previous home on 11th Sept 2001. Realising that the tech industry in Silicon Valley was no place to look for a job at that time, he returned to London and worked with a number of UK software start-ups. He met one company, Midentity, that fascinated him so much that he joined as a co-founder. See the case study for more details.
After four fascinating years, he decided to leave Midentity at Christmas 2005 to seek new challenges. He has applied his sharp business acumen to repeat previous successes with other ventures, either for start-ups or for established companies on new product introductions. During 2006, he enjoyed working for Barablu, a VoIP / mobile service, and its parent company, Vectone, as product management & marketing consultant.
In August 2006, he relocated to San Diego, California and became an Enterpreneur-in-Residence at the University of California, San Diego, before joining Webmetrics (website performance monitoring provider for Web2.0 companies, enterprise mash-ups and internet ecosystems) as product manager and product marketing manager. He took them through acquisition by Neustar in January 2008. (See the case study for more details.) He returned to Cambridge in June 2008 and continued his Webmetrics role remotely for another 10 months.
In April 2009, he joined VentureNavigator - a government-funded website helping SMEs and entrepreneurs improve their chance of success, based in Cambridge, UK. After the UK Government Spending Review in October 2010, in which funds to support enterpreneurship were reigned in, the management team decided to reduce scope and costs: three out of the seven employees stayed and Arthur left to find pastures new.
Arthur spent over a year doing Product Management consultancy. His most interesting assignment was for ADP Dealer Services, a market-dominating provider of software for car showrooms and service centres, to assist them with the release of version 9 of their product (version 8 shipped 12 years previously).
In February 2013, Arthur joined CInergy International, headquartered in London, who provide competitive intelligence platforms for fast moving and highly dynamic markets. Its lead customer is the UK mobile operator, Everything Everywhere, who use CInergy's software and market data for their sales and retention teams, both in their retail stores and in their call centres.