David Simpson
UX, Product Design, Team Building

assembla

We provide reliable SaaS services for teams that work in the cloud and are trusted by over one million users in 100+ countries.

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How it all began

After a few amazing years at my opportunity at HubSpot I was on the lookout to join a smaller, or early stage start-up where I could use by background to help design & build products. As I started to get connected with companies looking for someone to help with their UX team I got connected with Andy Singleton, the CEO of Assembla. Funny enough, years early he was running another software company in the same building as HubSpot in Cambridge, and was good friends with Brian and Dharmesh (founders of HubSpot).

I loved the mission of Assembla and the suite of tools the made really appealed to me. In addition, Assembla was a distributed team, meaning the team was spread out all across the world, which was also something I wanted to experience. After a few conversations I was really excited to have the chance to join the team and help improve the user experience and product design of the platform!

The Company

Assembla is moving development teams from the typical Scrum agile toward something that is more continuous, distributed, and scalable. We are helping agencies, outsourcers, and service providers transform their business to continuous collaborative relationships with their clients.

Assembla provides a home for more than 100,000 client projects. Assembla provides an integrated set of online tools for distributed software teams, including source code management, ticketing/issue management, and collaboration tools. Assembla provides free services to public and open source projects, and attempts to adopt tools and techniques from the open source world to accelerate projects for paying commercial subscribers. Assembla also provides professional services for building software with distributed agile teams.

My Role

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Recommendation

"When David was hired, he quickly become my go-to resource for design and usability advice. David has an innate ability to understand design trends, usability patterns, and Web businesses and users. As a manager, David was able to breakdown complex tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks and lead teams to release finished products that were always of the highest quality. I would highly recommend David to anyone looking for a user experience extraordinaire."

Adam Feber · Director of Marketing, Assembla (now Chargify)

What We Accomplished

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The Challenges

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Recommendation

"David is a great UX professional, who was leading our UX team to make our application beautiful. His hard and dedicated work started the new wave of UX improvements for Assembla.com."

Sergiy Golub · VP of Engineering, Assembla

Team Building

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My Team

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Ghislaine Guerin
Visual Designer

When I joined Assembla, I was really lucky to already have Ghislaine on the team. She hailed from France, and was a great visual designer who worked on all sorts of projects. Her creativity and enthusiastic attitude were a huge asset to the team, it was always a pleasure working with and managing Ghislaine and any team would be lucky to have her talents!

http://ghislaineguerin.com
Colm Tuite
UX Designer & Developer

Over the years i've met and followed many great designers online, Colm who hails from Ireland, was one of them. I was excited when a remote opportunity to hire Colm presented itself, and I brought him onboard for both design and development work. Colm has a keen sense of solid UX thinking, and a masterful vision for building front-end systems in an incredibly reusable way. He was really great to work with and manage, and I hope I have the chance to work with him again in the future!

http://colmtuite.com
John Jackson
UX Designer

I was introduced to John, who hails from North Carolina, and his great work through Dribbble. I was looking for additional UX/UI horsepower on our distributed team, and John's clean design and solid experience flows were just what we needed. I was excited to bring John on to the team and he always produced high quality designs for all different types of projects on the platform. It was always great to work with John and he was excellent to manage, any team would be lucky to have him!

http://jaj.io

Looking back, reflecting

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