is a Product Manager.

Hi, I'm Alan Laidlaw.

I love building products and systems that tackle complex problems. I've been doing this for 10 years, so I've seen all sides of the product lifecycle, from multi-million dollar contracts to early stage startups.

I'm cross-disciplined by default. If there is a bottleneck in the system, in the software or the company, I gravitate toward it and shed light on it.

Most recently, that meant learning React and Elixir so that we could launch a B2B Saas application in four months.

My Lifecycle:

    Cartoonist

    Graphic Designer

    Full-Stack Developer

    UX Architect

    Product Manager

    Director of Product

    VP of Product

My Interests

I care deeply about the infrastructures we are building today and I want to get involved.

The next decade is going to produce new ways of life that rely on silicon services the way we rely on water. The infrastructure of these services should be transparent, accessible, forgiving and fault-tolerant - before they become ubiquitous. That is the greatest design challenge of our time.

Sudoscience

I have a monthly newsletter that I'm trying to make into a regular thing. If you've ever wondered what bliss a drone must feel as it's unsupervised learning algorithm finally starts seeing how everything connect, you might enjoy my monthly constellation. Feel free to sign up:

Yet To Do

I’m interested in what’s happening off the screen.
UX in Front, Schema in Back.
Be it the pipes and wires that built the application, the meetings where the application was conceived and negotiated, or the user who is either in love with the experience or must fuddle through it.

In the future, I would like to work with semantics and user automation. I'd like to design languages.

If you'd like to learn more, take a look at what I've been reading lately.