Recent Projects from Mark Allen

Thriving right at the intersection of design, product management and development, it seems like I always have a side project or four going to keep my skills sharp. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been up to the last few years.

🎉 Exciting news! I’m currently available for product and design roles in Toronto or with distributed teams. Let's talk
2020 side project

Leaf

Writing in Markdown is wonderful. But when you need to share Markdown content with someone, you first have to either convert it to another format or upload it to a code-centric service like Github Gist. Leaf takes any Markdown file, renders it beautifully, and gives you a shareable URL.

Role: Strategy, Design, React, Express API

Check out Leaf
2020 side project

Beans.to

Of all the issues facing humanity during universal shelter-in-place orders, having access to freshly roasted third wave coffee beans perhaps isn’t at the top of the list of priorities. It’s somewhere on that list though, and I wanted to help connect my neighbours with the great local roasters in Toronto still open for business.

Role: Strategy, Design, Gatsby, Contentful CMS

Visit Beans.to
2020 side project

Teleport

We spend all day in Zoom meetings now, and sometimes it’s weird to invite your whole office into your living room slash home office slash day care center. Teleport is a crowdsourced collection of interesting virtual backrounds for Zoom.

Role: Strategy, Design, Gatsby, Contentful CMS

Teleport somewhere fun
2016–2019

RelayPad

Organizing and sharing knowledge in the workplace is so painful that you probably groaned just reading this sentence, so I co-founded a company to fix it. RelayPad is a shared notebook that helps teams capture the knowledge that needs to outlive a chat message.

Although the company we built didn’t end up taking the world by storm, I learned a ton about customer research, marketing, ruthless product prioritization, software development, marketing, and managing remote teams.

Role: Strategy, Design, React

Learn more about RelayPad
2015–2016

MapMyFitness

After MyFitnessPal was acquired by Under Armour, I led product management for Under Armour’s MapMyFitness suite of products. There I helped design and build an app for the Under Armour Gemini 2, the world’s first smart running shoe featuring a Bluetooth-connected activity tracking sensor.

Role: Product Management

See the UA Gemini in action
2013–2015

MyFitnessPal

At MyFitnessPal, I created a food insights feature that delivered real-time, personalized feedback to users and helped invent a patented recipe parsing tool that used natural language processing and machine learning to interpret a list of ingredients and calculate nutrition facts for the recipe. I also worked with Apple on building the MyFitnessPal Apple Watch app as a featured part of the Apple Watch launch.

Role: Product Management, Design

Visit MyFitnessPal

Skills & Interests

Professional: Product strategy, agile development, user research, React, SQL, HTML/CSS, JamStack, Git, iOS and Android app design. Check out my 2020 learning plan to see what I'm working on next.

Personal: Bicycling, running, reading science fiction, NBA basketball, and pizza.

For even more, you can find me on LinkedIn, AngelList, Github, Instagram and Twitter. Email me at mark@markallen.io. Thanks!