Previously I led growth at Lokalise, a fast-growing B2B SaaS. I was one of the first marketing hires (employee #20). During my time at the company, revenue grew from $2m ARR to $20m ARR, and the marketing team grew from 1 to 30+ people.
A decade of experience in marketing and growth. I've had the privilege of working with wonderful startups around the world: Ahrefs, Quimbee, Isolta, Baseballism, Athletic Greens and more.
You can check my full resume on LinkedIn.
My professional journey began in a completely different field (see "how I got here").
12 years ago I was doing unfulfilling work for a big corporation. My work was dull and was 80% automated. Most of the time I didn't even need to be in the office.
I love being outdoors, exploring and adventuring. I feel strongly that your memories and experiences dictate the quality of your life - not office hours. And having a few weeks per year to explore a different part of the world felt horrible.
At the same time, I was ambitious. I wanted to make money and build a business. My gut told me that it was possible to combine adventure and ambition.
My first attempt at combining the two was building my first product called Thrill Engine. It was a simple website where you could book adventure trips at better prices (surfing, snowboarding, kitesurfing and more). I failed but it was the starting point of my career in tech, marketing, growth and remote work.
To be clear, I don't preach digital nomadism as a way of life. There are downsides and it's not for everyone. In fact, I don't even like the word. I don't like jumping from place to place all the time so I travel slowly.
It's about flexibility and optionality.
It's about building the kind of life you want that's full of experiences and memories you'd like to have when you are older. Make the most of the days you have on this planet.
For me, it's about making the world your playground. I'm originally from Latvia but I've spent the last few years slowmading around the world.
Here are some of my recent memories:
My name in my native language is Emīls but in English it's Emil. In Spanish and Portuguese it's Emilio. It's derived from the Latin word Amelius which means “to strive,” “excel,” or “rival" (I'll take that).