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Robby Macdonell

Hi! I’m Robby Macdonell. I’ve worked in tech startups of all sizes for the better part of two decades. I’ve been a designer, developer, user researcher, product leader, and executive.
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My 2021 Highlights

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2021
Dec 30, 2021
Dec 30, 2021
In 2021, I tried to build a product I thought I could grow into a company. It didn't work—but it was exactly what I needed. I just published some of the lessons I learned along the way.

I learned a lot about why the product failed, but the bigger lessons were about me, my relationship to work, and how I cope with doubt and insecurity.

https://mirror.xyz/robbymacdonell.eth/-ZRIctsRIlbHZNie_Cavx24FpQFagqRbno70omAQ1vc
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Nov 22, 2021
Nov 22, 2021
Today (Nov. 22) I sent out a note to users that I'm shutting down Keep Posted. The deeper I went with it, the more I realized it wasn't solving the problem it was supposed to. It was fun, and (I think) a good attempt at fixing a real issue, but time to move on to something else.

I learned a lot from the project, both about the team-collaboration space and myself. Retrospective blog posts coming soon. 
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Oct 17, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
Over the past couple months I've been working on a goofy little personal project that I didn't really think anyone would care about. Then my wife posted it on Reddit a couple days ago and it's since gotten over 50K visits and a ton of fun feedback. 

Also, I experienced the Reddit 'Hug of Death' for the first time and had to learn a LOT (at 4 in the morning!) about performance optimization!

https://www.moviesettingsdatabase.com/




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2020
Feb 01, 2020
Feb 01, 2020
Ended my journey as CEO at RescueTime!
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CEO, RescueTime
2016
May 01, 2016
May 01, 2016
Ended my journey as VP of Product at RescueTime!
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VP of Product, RescueTime
May 01, 2016
May 01, 2016
Became CEO at RescueTime.com
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