Zac Hardman

Zac Hardman

Product Operations Specialist

What do you do at Blackbird?

As a no-code developer I work closely with the founder success team to build and optimise the platforms that we run our internal and community programs on. Some of these programs are the founder academy for our portfolio companies, the Lilypad talent board and our Giants mentoring program for upcoming founders. I work with tools such as airtable, zapier, softr, jotform, whalesync, memberstack, make, bubble and webflow to build webapps and websites faster than traditional code.

What did you do before Blackbird?

I spent 7 years at a tractor and agricultural machinery dealership in Tasmania working across inventory control and sales admin. I was lucky enough to get a lot of experience in a short time through numerous role adaptions as the business changed. My favourite part of the role was building tools and systems to make people's jobs easier and more efficient, which is what I do now, just with different programs. While I was there I completed a degree in business management through Swinburne online.

On the side I tried my hand at a few business ideas, travelled 20+ countries, climbed a bunch of Tasmanian mountains, went through the Enterprize Tasmania startup incubator and dabbled in no code tools.

What ideas are you excited by right now?

I am excited by developments in the medical space with the introduction of AI into different technologies like medical imaging and protein mapping. I believe that AI is going to greatly improve our understanding of human biology and unlock new treatments as well as democratize healthcare across the globe.

I also closely follow the development of new no-code tools and ecommerce. I think that the traction both fields have gained in the 2010's is only the beginning. Writing front end code in 2035 will carry the same nostalgia that reading a hardcopy newspaper does in 2022.

What do you believe that others do not?

Businesses have an obligation to society and the environment beyond hiring staff and recycling their office paper. Businesses could be the greatest vehicle for climate and social change if they all gave a crap (or a small %).