Hey everyone, I am in the beginning stages of my application and wanted to set a clear direction.
- Where do I my evidence in terms of Main vs Secondary evidence. It feels like 1 evidence can attest to 2 criteria at the same time.
- How do you rate the strength of my evidence for exceptional promise.
show they have been recognised as having potential to be a leading talent in the digital technology field in the last 5 years.
- I do Product Management for an international ride-hailing company. Not Uber but not some no name company either. Recently I led the adaption of our App to enable the launch of our service in a new country. Thanks to my direct input, we were able to launch and have already earned a few hundred thousand pounds there. As evidence, I would like to show a letter from the CEO attesting to that.
- Last summer I was a speaker at an online product conference in my country. It’s one of the largest conferences we have but it was online due to COVID. I have a YouTube video with 10k+ views on it. Is it a good evidence?
- I have 5k+ followers on Twitter where I write about product management, although not too often. But when I do, I get likes and retweets etc.
- I was offered a job at a UK company with a salary north of £100k + stock options + senior position. I was also offered a Skilled Worker visa support but I would like to get Global Talent instead.
- anything else I can show?
At least 1 example of innovation as an employee working on a new digital field or concept
Here is where I get confused. Can I use the evidence here again that I led the product adaptation to be able to launch in the new country and we earned quite a bit of money? Or does it need to be brand new?
If I have to use something else:
- I worked for a startup before my current company and also had a senior position at product management. The startup was acquired for X USD, but it’s all very private. The best evidence I can produce is a letter from the CEO or CFO that my product initiatives were crucial in this acquisition and as a result, I got $100k+ payout in stocks. There is no media to support this however and even the old domain name is not functioning anymore since everything was integrated in another company’s product.
- In my current company I led the product development of the feature that helped us acquire hundreds of new drivers which in turn let us fulfil more rides and grew the revenue. I can produce a reference letter from the CEO about this and there is a webpage about this feature but there is no my name on it.
I also feel like all of the evidence above can be applied to this criteria:
at least 1 example of significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as an employee of a product-led digital technology company
So which criteria do I choose in this case?
I also have these cool evidence:
- I took a break from my career after the startup acquisition and pursued a masters degree. During my studies I developed a really cool app for my classmates. The story about it was printed in the local news paper that mainly circles on campus. I have an actual printed copy with my name on it.
- There was also a news story filmed about it on the campus TV. This video has a few hundreds of views.
Where can I fit these evidence? Can I attribute them to this secondary criteria:
at least 1 example of proof of recognition for work beyond the applicant’s occupation that contributes to the advancement of the field
It’s a silly question but can I just send them all of the pieces of evidence I have and let them figure out what is what or do I have to specifically link each evidence with each criteria in my Tech Nation application?
In terms of recommendations:
- VP of Product from one of the largest companies in the UK will write a very strong recommendation about me. Knows me very well
- A senior executive from a competitive ride-hailing app in my country will write that my contributes provided real competition to their company and were top level from the quality perspective.
- Another ex-senior executive from Uber will write something similar.