RANDY HORTON

PRODUCT MANAGER


My original background image was a card sorting exercise, but extensive user testing has shown that a video of my dogs eating peanut butter increases time spent on this page by 62%
 

SKILLS



I’m a product manager, designer and team leader, with a broad background that includes social media, educational gaming, and online direct marketing. I’ve successfully worked in functional and cross-functional teams, Agile and Waterfall environments, large companies and small startups. The unifying thread is interesting work with interesting people.


 
Product Strategy
Feature Prioritization & Roadmaps
Product Requirement Documentation
User Stories and Functional Requirements
Project Management (Agile/Waterfall)
UX & UI Design
Rapid Prototyping
User Testing, Focus Groups
A/B Testing
Branding
Copywriting
Google Analytics, MixPanel, Braze
Conversion Funnel Optimization
Cleaning items in kitchen after I use them
Almost never microwaving fish
Whatever needs to be done

WORK


 

Vixlet

Product Manager
UX & UI


Vixlet provided the official social media apps for Major League Baseball, the LA Kings, ATP (men's tennis), Liverpool Football Club, the band Slipknot and more. When our company moved to cross-functional teams, I became the Product Manager of UX and UI for mobile and web, managing a team of designers. During this period, our design output increased significantly.

  • Reorganized our design system, reducing confusion.
  • Streamlined the approval process to reduce conflicting stakeholder feedback.
  • Initiated regular sessions for competitive analysis, brainstorming, and improved design thinking.

Projects successfully delivered included:

  • Delayed registration, increasing signups and content views.
  • Emoji sales in the app, increasing revenue.
  • Expanded users' range of creativity in posts, to increase time in app, posts per active user per month, and content views.
  • Updated the user profile on mobile, to improve discovery, time in app, and usability.
  • Updated the menu on iOS and Android to address user confusion.
  • Updated the look of content items to increase readability.
  • Implemented a ‘sports radio’ feature for brands to improve time spent in app.


 

Vixlet

Product Manager
Web Team & Tools Team


In this capacity, I launched the initial web platform and iterative updates, including releases by Major League Baseball, men’s tennis (ATP), Liverpool FC, the LA Kings, the band Slipknot and others. Also launched our Brand Portal, a CMS tool used to manage a brand's experience on our platform.

  • Improved our registration funnel, increasing successful signups.
  • Drove user content creation, with our audience posting at substantially higher rates than mobile.
  • Increased organic adoption through improvements in shared content.
  • Radically increased the speed at which new brands could be created through our theming system.

Projects successfully delivered included:

  • A meta-data tagging system for users and media to reduce admin workload.
  • HLS streaming for video posts to increase time spent in app and user satisfaction.
  • @mentions in comments and posts to increase time spent in app.
  • Reply to comments to increase user engagement.
  • In app deep linking to drive signups.
  • Formatted URLs in posts through Open Graph tags to increase time spent in app.
  • Launched a hierarchical world/subworld system for the teams of Major League Baseball to drive new users and engagement.


 

Moblab

Creative Director
UX, UI


I was hired by the social science startup, MobLab to improve the UX and UI of their live classroom-based educational gaming system, which was sold on a subscription basis. The platform is available on iOS, Android and web.
At MobLab, I made extensive use of user testing, focus groups, analytics and in-class observation to improve our product for both students and instructors. I also got to work alongside world class economists, such as Nobel Prize winner Al Roth, while developing games based on their work.

  • Improved the usability of the instructor proctoring platform, reducing support calls and in-class errors.
  • Improved the usability of their existing games, as measured by user feedback.
  • Delivered 15 new games based on macro and micro economics, adding narrative excitement to better engage our students and drive usage.
  • Designed or art directed all company paraphernalia, including flyers, videos, ads, landing pages, and trade show materials.


 

SAMPLE PROJECTS

 

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323-244-3152    rhortx@hypnoid.com