Q + A with our Product Strategy Director, Bradley Taylor
We’ve had our very own Product Strategy Director working with us for a while now (almost a year!) and we’ve rudely kept him all to ourselves. But today? We are bloody excited to officially introduce you to Bradley Taylor! Our relationship with Brad began years ago. We first met Brad when he needed to hire someone for his team. Before we knew it, he was flying the affix flag as he continued to grow his team with us by his side.
Fast forward a few years later to 2020 *shivers*. A year that brought many-a-challenges but also heaps of opportunities. And for us? Brad was one of them. Some might say, the BEST of all.
Alright, enough about us. Meet Bradley!
Tell us, what do you do at affix?
I do product development and business design for affix. While affix is primarily a service business, it is possible to bring a product mindset and tools to our service so more businesses can access our solutions in ways that suit them.
What attracted you to working at affix?
I was a client for a long time and loved partnering with affix. Now, sitting on the other side of the client fence I can see the authentic approach with clients goes all the way behind the scenes to how the company is run. Value-centred partnerships and beneficial client outcomes are in the DNA at affix.
What’s a common misconception about your job?
It’s dangerous and seductive to want to build a shiny new feature or technology thinking it will fix a whole bunch of problems and be a magic path to riches. The biggest challenge should be solving the right human problems people are having and then applying the “minimum effective dose” of tech once you truly and empathetically understand the user.
What tech or trend are you loving right now?
I’m unashamedly a big nerd. I’m interested in the emerging decentralised finance (DeFi) industry that is coming out of the cryptocurrency world at the moment. From a professional standpoint, a trend I’d like to see continue is true interoperability between platforms and the ability to own your own data, pick it up and move it to another platform.
If you had to deliver a TED talk tomorrow, what would it be about?
It’s never too late to start again. A linear progression through life isn’t the path for everyone. Stops, starts, and complete turnabouts can bring previously unseen opportunities into view.
What’s your superpower?
Persistence. I just keep getting back up and trying to find my way through whatever gets thrown in my way.
What’s something many people don’t know about you?
At this point there can’t be much left that people don’t know. I’m pretty much an open book. A secret hope is that I’m reborn as a great singer/dancer/actor (a triple threat). It’ll have to be in another life though as I can’t do any of those things well in this life unfortunately.
What are you listening to, reading and/or watching right now?
Reading “The Code Breaker” by Walter Isaacson. It explores gene editing technology and the impacts on the future of the human race.
What’s your favourite mental health/productivity hack?
I use an app called brain.fm that has specially developed music to help focus the mind for concentration. It’s the only thing I found that shuts off the “monkey mind” while I’m trying to work. Regular music is too distracting.
Ok last one… time for ‘would you rather’!
- Would you rather your only mode of transportation to work be a donkey or a giraffe? Donkey. The long giraffe neck is not practical around the city.
- Would you rather go a year with no eyelashes or go a year with no eyebrows? Easier to draw eyebrows back on than wear false eyelashes.
- Would you rather be able to control animals or be able to see into the future? I want to see the stupid things I’m going to do before I do them.
If you wanna say hi or see what other cool stuff Bradley gets up to, you can connect with him here.