UpWave AS is seeking an experienced chief marketing officer (CMO) to drive further growth globally. The main responsibility will be to increase website traffic by an order of magnitude. We are experiencing good conversion rates and low churn, and are now working on increasing awareness.
UpWave is a task management tool launched early in 2016. We spent the remainder of the year finding product/market fit, and now have paying users in 30 countries. Check out the recent community feedback on Product Hunt.
We believe in getting paid for quality software – not giving it away for free.
3+ years of experience with SaaS companies (ideally B2B)
Proven track record of driving growth at an early stage
Experience with “trial” as a business model (as opposed to free or “freemium”)
Ability to both plan strategically and execute hands-on
Experience with AdWords, LinkedIn, online marketing tools and retargeting, Product Hunt and any other relevant channels
Experience working with bloggers/influencers/journalists to increase awareness
Fluency in English
Multilinguality is a plus (German, French, Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred)
Ability to be witty, pertinent and dignified on social media on behalf of UpWave
Opportunity to substantially shape the direction of the company
Competitive salary and benefits
Lots of freedom balanced by equal amounts of responsibility
Charming riverfront offices located in the heart of Oslo
A very dog friendly environment (we currently have two dogs working here)
High risk – high reward!
We are an enthusiastic team of five, four based in Oslo and one in Bogota, Colombia. Our ability to learn from our mistakes, adapt and work fast has been key to developing UpWave.
The successful applicant will sign up for UpWave and explore the tool for a few days. Also check out our online presence on sites like Product Hunt and Facebook. Let us know what you like and what you would like to improve. Applications can be sent through our support system while you are logged in to UpWave.
It has been a very fun week in the office – we’ve had Lina join the team to help our growth in Latin America, we’ve had Kjetil appointed as CEO as we enter a new, exciting period for the business and we had a huge increase in interest after being featured on Product Hunt.
For those who don’t know, Product Hunt is “a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations”. We were featured this week and got a terrific response on product hunt itself as well as Social Media from all over the world.
Here are just a few of the responses:
We were also excited to see people talking about UpWave is South Korea. We are available in 8 languages and looking to add more so we will have to start brushing up on our Korean :)
We got tons of comments and questions, with a really lively debate on Product Hunt itself. You are more than welcome to go and read them all, but here’s a few of the more interesting ones:
One of the best things about reaching out to new people like this is we get fantastic feedback. The more input we get from people, both on first impressions and after using UpWave for a while, the better we can provide teams with the tools be more successful.
And on that note, we’d like to encourage you to get in touch if you have questions or suggestions.
UpWave launched in 2016, and spent the remainder of the year finding product/market fit and a proper business model. With paying users now in 30 countries, 2017 will be all about growth, scaling and streamlining operations.
This entails that marketing will be driving the business. To expand that effort, we have already hired Lina Torres as Marketing Chief for Latin America. Doubling down on marketing, Dan Hesketh will also devote 100% of his time to our expanding community in a new role as Chief Community Officer.
Kjetil Moløkken-Østvold takes over as CEO. He joined UpWave as part-time CFO in March 2016, coming from a role as Director at PwC Consulting. He has extensive experience from software engineering, research and project management. Previously roles include senior partner at Conceptos Consulting and assistant director at Simula Research Laboratory.
Kjetil holds PhD- and MSc-degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Oslo (Norway). In 2013, he graduated from the Executive MBA program at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management (USA) and WHU – Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management (Germany).
The combination of new hiring and restructuring will hopefully enable UpWave to reach our ambitious growth targets set for 2017.
We are delighted to announce a new member of the UpWave team, Ms. Lina Marcela Torres, who is taking the role of VP Marketing for LatAm.
Lina is passionate about technology and digital developments. She has a background in B2B marketing strategy for high-growth markets focused in the technology industry. She will support us working in marketing programs and online lead/demand generation in the Brazilian and Latin American markets.
Interested in finding out more about Lina? Then visit her LinkedIn Page – here.
Lina, who has previously worked in Senior Marketing roles for Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft, is excited to get to work and already has some projects underway to help increase UpWave’s presence in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.