Robert (Robin) Thomas

Experienced product manager, coding teacher, and life-long learner.

Web development, business analysis, data administration, and technical sales.



Best Buy, corporate headquarters, Digital department.

Product Manager, Automated Personalization

  • MVP development of a cutting-edge enterprise-level machine learning service.
  • Coordination of many teams and technologies across Best Buy's large Digital department.
  • Business analysis, project management, and ownership of Agile processes.

MentorMate, a global web and app development company.

Technical Solutions Architect

  • Product owner, business analyst, and pre-sales for enterprises and start-ups across multiple verticals.
  • $500K+ in accounts closed during Q1 and Q2 of 2018.
  • $20K+ per year saved through internal Salesforce and Hubspot development.
  • Developed company-wide tool to estimate software development costs.
  • Contributed several blog posts to company website on technical business strategy.
  • Lead multiple internal workshops to educate coworkers on APIs, blockchain, back-end vs front-end, and more.

Notable projects:

  • In medicine & genetics:

    • Analyzed raw data to create an algorithm by which DNA samples can be converted into recommendations for medical treatment.
    • Gathered and wrote technical requirements for a web platform to house the algorithm, and saw project to completion.
    • Served as primary point-of-contact and manager for client stakeholders. Attended and led daily Agile stand-ups and bi-weekly sprint reviews.
  • In sports management:

    • Gathered and wrote technical requirements for a sports viewing web platform as it transitioned from an external development team, where it had been poorly-designed and poorly-implemented, to MentorMate's development team.
    • Negotiated the technical details of scope and budget with the client and ultimately closed the $100K+ deal.
  • In advertising and entertainment:

    • Took over as primary point-of-contact and stakeholder manager for an existing local enterprise account. Attended daily stand-ups and bi-weekly planning sessions with the client.
    • Gathered requirements from the client on an ongoing basis, and organized them in Jira in sprints in collaboration with the development team according to Agile methodology.
    • Increased the efficiency and transparency of the business analysis process. Identified that having both my role and a project manager on the team was redundant, and saved the client significant expenditure by phasing out my role.
  • Internally:

    • Identified the Salesforce instance used internally by the company could be supplanted by the free Hubspot CRM, saving $20K+ per year. Conducted the migration of data between systems and sunsetting of the Salesforce platform.
    • Created a robust tool for calculating software development costs, factoring in staffing needs and scope risks, and outputting a client-ready development proposal. The tool is now used company-wide.

General Assembly, the foremost "boot camp" for coding, UX/UI, and data science.

Lead Web Development Instructor

  • Wrote and lead-taught thousands of hours of classes in JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, SQL, Git, CSS, and other technologies.
  • 90% success rate in coaching 100s of adults to become fully-qualified web developers.
  • Among highest-rated instructors across 5 cohorts.
  • Built a robust web app to capture and visualize data related to student attendance and assignments.
  • Collaborated with other instructors to define requirements for and develop a Ruby on Rails-based platform for gathering and visualizing data regarding student attendance and assignments. Provided the inspiration for software rolled out company-wide.
  • Conducted ideation and requirements-gathering sessions for many student projects, several of which became publicly-used web apps.

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global social entrepreneurship non-profit.

Salesforce Developer

  • Built a VisualForce / Apex and JavaScript interface to search job applicant records via SOSL and SOQL.

Coinbase, the world's largest Bitcoin company.

API Support Supervisor, Merchant Integration

  • Technical lead for corporations accepting Bitcoin, including Expedia and Dish Network.
  • Gathered requirements for new integrations and served as primary manager of external stakeholders in implementing the new integrations.
  • Wrote extensive API documentation for PHP developers.

The Noteboard, a folding dry-erase board I invented and distributed full-time via online sales.

Product Owner & Developer

  • Featured in TechCrunch, ThinkGeek, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.
  • Sourced domestic and overseas manufacturers and supply chain providers.
  • Built a web platform through which customers could customize their orders and secure bulk discounts, integrated with the PayPal API.
  • $130K in revenue generated before selling entirety of business to new owners.


Stanford University

BA Urban Studies

  • Completed 137 credits with 3.732 GPA. Left degree unfinished to pursue entrepreneurship.
  • Studied Product Design, Education, Economics, Sociology, Urban Planning, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
  • Spent 3 months in South Africa, studying education and archaeology.

Et Cetera