Sam Phillips

I'm a passionate and entrepreneurial technology leader with a deep engineering background, customer focus and commercial drive.

My career has been spread across big companies, scaleups and startups. I love to create and be part of high-functioning teams that create delightful products, and I’m comfortable coding, leading, coaching, hiring and advocating.

Today I am CTO at Residently, where we're building the global platform that empowers renters to thrive in their homes. If you've ever rented, you know it's a problem that needs solving.

Previously, I was Head of Engineering at Shutl. I led a major replatforming, the launch in the US and was part of the team that sold the business to eBay in 2013.

Before that, I was developer #1 for On The Beach Travel (built 2005, sold 2007), now a major UK travel agent, with IPO in 2015.

I believe that every project can be made simpler, easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved - and that there is always a win-win solution, if you look hard enough. I’m happiest when I’m learning.


I Love Being a Programmer… Should I Become a Manager?

What to think about when considering the jump from programmer to manager.

How software engineering management can be a great career choice for the right person, but also about the sort of impact you, as a manager, can have on the world.


#enjoying - share your reading list

I love reading and I'm always looking for recommendations for what to read next. I wanted a lightweight way to save and share my list, and see others' lists.

Goodreads is old and clunky: I wanted something modern, so I built it! #enjoying


I read non-fiction, focused on biography, business/finance, leadership, policy, science and technology. Here's what I've been reading:


Sam Phillips on the Ready Tech Podcast

I was a guest on the Ready Tech podcast in March 2021, talking about startups, leadership, innovation and team building. Check it out! Spotify Apple


  • Codebar Festival, 2021
  • CTO Craft Con Keynote, 2020
  • uncodebar, 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019
  • North West Ruby User Group, 2009; 2018
  • Women Who Code London, August 2015
  • Codebar London, July 2015; November 2014
  • Forward Partners Live, July 2015
  • Seedcamp CTO Day, 2015
  • QCon London, 2014
  • Etail Europe, 2014
  • GraphDB San Francisco, May 2014
  • Makers Academy, October 2013
  • London Ruby User Group, July 2012
  • MagRails, 2011