What interests me?

The intersection between business,
technology & philosophy

Head of Growth Projects at Zip Co Limited (ASX: Z1P) | Payments, eCom, Product, Innovation, Strategy, Sales Engineering

About Darren

Background

I have been a Pre-Sales Consultant / Sales Engineer, Project Manager, People Manager, Business Analyst and Product Owner with 10+ years of experience at two payments companies (Zip Co and PayPal) and an eCommerce company (GraysOnline) – all in Sydney, Australia. I started at Zip when there were just 40 employees and have seen it grow to hundreds of employees AND enter the ASX300.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry and completed my honours year designing anti-HIV drugs in silico (via computational methods).

I am passionate about designing business and technical solutions for my employer and their clients, that deliver significant growth to the company’s bottom line.

Skills and Interests

Able to pickup new skills extremely quickly - technical, soft skills and many other domains incl. philosophy and informal organisational networks

Areas of Expertise: eCommerce, Payments Industry (Cards, Alternative Payment Methods, AU + Global Infrastructure), SaaS

Business Skills: Great Interpersonal Communication, Excellent Writing Ability, Analytical Acumen, Research Skills (Incl. Vendor Sourcing & Management), Account Management, Relationship Management, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Technical Pre and Post Sales & Integrations, Project Management (Planning, Scheduling, Delivery, Resource Management), Business Analysis (Requirements Elicitiation + Analysis), Business Process Management (Mapping, Modelling and Re-Engineering), Product Ownership / Management Incl. Basic UX + User Research, Strategy, Growth & Innovation, Basic Financial Modelling + Projections, General Sys Admin Work

Technical Skills: Mac + Linux (Centos7, Ubuntu, Debian) + Windows, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Visio), NodeJS + Client-Side Javascript (Expert), PHP (Expert), Virtualisation - Public and Private Cloud Infastructure - Setup, Configuration and Use (Docker + Portainer, Vagrant, VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox, QNAP Virtualisation Station, ProxMox, OpenStack, XXCP-ng, Amazon Web Services, Linode, DigitalOcean), IDEs (Favourite - Sublime Text Editor, Nano, Vi/m, Eclipse, JetBrains IDEs, Visual Studio), Configuration Management (Puppet), HTML/CSS (Expert), AngularJS v1.x (Intermediate), Python (Basic) - Have built a Sublime Text Editor Plugin in Python, Java (Basic), .NET/C# (Basic), SOA, Microservices, OAuth2, LDAP, Radius, Unix Shell (BASH), Prototyping, Cordova, Node-WebKit, RabbitMQ, ZeroMQ, Socket.IO, WebSockets, TLS/SSL, SSH/SFTP, Embedded Hardware Systems (Beaglebone, Arduino, Raspberry Pi Based), QNAP NAS Systems, Networking (Hardware + Software Defined Networking on QNAP - Managing Multiple Subnets, etc), pfSense Firewall (Setup, Configuration, Use - Bare Metal + Virtualised), ELK Stack (ElasticSearch + Logstash + Kibana), SEO, CRM (Salesforce, EspoCRM), Agile Champion (Preference of Scrum, but also kanban), Databases Incl. Management Interfaces (MS SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB) + A Variety of ORMs, XML/XSLT, JSON, Ticketing Systems (Setup, Configuration + Use - MS TFS / Team Foundation Studio / Azure DevOps, Jira, Asana, Trello), Wikis (Setup, Configuration + Use - Confluence, XWiki, MediaWiki), CMS and eCommerce Platforms (Home-Built CMS in PHP, Home-Built Framework in Node.JS, WordPress, Magento 1 & 2, Shopify, Neto, OpenCart, Salesforce Commerce Cloud / DemandWare, Hybris)

Design Skills: Prototyping (Axure), Wireframing (Balsamiq + Others), Diagramming (eDraw Max, Visio + Others), Graphic Design (Sketch + Affinity Designer + Illustrator for Vector Art; Affinity Photo + Pixelmator + Photoshop for Raster)

Interests: Outdoor Rec (Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Caving, Endurance / Fun Runs), Music Festivals, Coding, Managing and Continuously Improving My HomeLab + Media Centre, Philosophy, Writing on my Personal & Family Blogs, Travel (Have been to the USA Incl. Burning Man Festival; South America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecquador, Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest; Mexico (Cancun); New Zealand (South Island, a few times - for Winter Sports incl. Skiing, hiking on glaciers, attempted mountain climbing, trekking/tramping & ice climbing); Europe (France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland - where we skiied in the Jung-Frou Mountains on Christmas Day); Have also travelled much of Australia - both Coastal and Inland.