David Simpson
UX, Product Design, Team Building

datto

Providing business continuity, cloud-to-cloud backup, and managed network solutions to thousands of companies around the world.

Launch Site

How it all began

Social networks are booming these days. Of all the different apps and social communities i'm part of it never occurred to me that i'd find such an amazing opportunity through Angel.co. I had used the site off and on over the years, and actually found the connections and information posted really help especially in the Boston community. One of the people that I connected with, Tyler Sakats (recruiter at Datto), had connected with me and over time we lightly stayed in touch but our two paths never quite aligned right to think about an opportunity at Datto.

One day out of the blue, Tyler pinged me on Angel, and after all that time of not catching each other at the right time, the stars aligned and he let me know about the perfect opportunity at Datto had opened up. After chatting a bit more, and then meeting with Ian McChord (VP of Product) and Robert Gibbons (CTO), I was excited about the products they built and the opportunity to improve them as they continue groing at a rapid pace.

The Company

Datto provides business continuity solutions to secure the essential business data for thousands of companies around the world. Our integrated suite of services include our market leading data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) offerings, our advanced Cloud-to-Cloud (C2C) backup services for leading SaaS applications, and our innovative network continuity solutions. All delivered as managed services primarily through Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for the data protection needs of small and midsized businesses or distributed locations of large enterprises.

My Role

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Recommendation

"David is a great digital product designer. He is equally adept at tackling very complicated UX quandaries and the engineering issues associated. An engineer by trade but a designer at heart. He has great vision for a product team and intimately understands the process of creating software.

What David most excels at though is that of a manager. He is seemingly unshakeably positive and optimistic. He is a great motivator and helps to create an environment where the whole team feels a sense of optimism and excitement about the product being created. He has a ton of experience and it shows with the cool, sage ways he approaches leadership and handling roadblocks in the design cycle. He is an articulate, warm, smart and calm guy who is easy to talk to and trust.

I would highly recommend David for any team looking to infuse their leadership with someone who wears both UX and software engineering hats easily and also fosters a supportive environment where the best is expected and the vision to achieve it."

Brian Skuse · Sr. Product Designer, Datto

What We Accomplished

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Project 1 - Lorem

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Project 2 - Lorem

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Project 3 - Lorem

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The Challenges

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Team Building

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My Team

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Kubra Binici
UX Designer (Co-op)

When I joined Datto, I got to know Kubra about half-way through her RIT Co-op session. It didn't take long to see that Kubra was already bringing great value to the team managing our UX research needs. After working with Kubra on more design related projects, I was able to see her ask the right questions, tackle challenges, and complete all the projects she was given. I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and can't wait to see where her career goes!

http://kubrabinici.com
Karin Steiner
Sr. UX Designer

When I joined Datto, I was fortunate to already have Karin and her experience on the team. Karin has extensive domain expertise in all aspects of user experience design and user research. When working with Karin, I am always intrigued to learn more from her past experience and the seniority she brings to the field, and our team. I am continually impressed to see her solve challenging problems, navigate and manage internal and external stakeholder expectations, and I greatly enjoy managing her. It isn't often you find someone with all of these qualities in this field, any company would be fortunate to have her!

http://karinsteiner.com
James Wondrack
Sr. UX Designer

When I first came across James work, I knew immediately that I had found an incredibly talented UX designer up in Rochester, NY. The truth is he ranks in a category of a true Principal UX Designer or UX Architect. His process for understanding and mapping extremely complex systems is unparalled, he is able to swiftly navigate or create any scope of information architecture, domain model, taxonomy, or navigation schema unlike anyone I have ever seen. I am incredibly fortunate to have managed James and took advantage of learning from his broad product design experience. With that experience and award winning background, any company would be fortunate to have him on their team.

http://jameswondrack.com
Brian Skuse
Sr. Product Designer

When I first came across Brian's work, I saw some truly beautiful interfaces. After a little bit of research, I was quick to realize that he has many years of experience working on product design at the biggest and baddest agencies in NYC. Since starting, it hasn't taken long for me to see that Brian brings a high level of visual chops, and i'm excited about how he will significantly elevate the visual design system of all the Datto hardware and software products. I really enjoy working with Brian on projects and managing him has been fantastic. He is an amazing asset to the Datto Product Design team, and any company would be fortunate to have Brian lead and set the vision for their products visual system!

http://brianskuse.com

Looking back, reflecting

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