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  • One Kings Lane Product VP on Building Your Product Career Roadmap
    One Kings Lane Product VP on Building Your Product Career Roadmap Andrea Chesleigh Recorded: Sep 20 2018 50 mins
    As product managers, we’re highly proficient at putting together a roadmap for our products. What happens when we use the same focus and creative thinking when we think about our careers? Join Andrea Chesleigh, VP of Product at One Kings Lane, as she shares her experiences and learnings at companies like Zappos and Rent the Runway to build out her product career roadmap. Andrea will talk about her thought process and highlight how she uses the same critical thinking skills we normally use in our Product toolkit when shaping her career.

    About The Speaker: Andrea is the VP of Product and Engineering at One Kings Lane, a digital-first resource for making your home an expression of your personal style. She has spent over fifteen years in Product and Tech, and has led teams at startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Rent the Runway, Zappos, Time Warner, and Verizon. Andrea is passionate about solving hard (seemingly impossible) challenges, developing simple yet delightful products, building teams of entrepreneurial critical thinkers, and creating strategic outcomes with impact. She is a hands-on leader with a player/coach style, diving into the details with her team to partner, advise, and guide them to success.
  • Rover CTO on How to Fail Less Often: Do a Moderate Amount of Design Up Front
    Rover CTO on How to Fail Less Often: Do a Moderate Amount of Design Up Front Scott Porad Recorded: Sep 13 2018 56 mins
    Shoot-Ready-Aim. It's the classic recipe for failure. Let Scott walk you through his 14-point checklist for determining when it makes sense to do just a moderate amount of planning up front.

    About The Speaker: Scott Porad is the CTO at Rover.com, a sharing economy marketplace for dog boarding and dog walking. In addition, he is an owner of Do206.com, an event guide that answer the question, “what to do in Seattle?” Since 1995, Scott has been building industry leading web sites including Cheezburger, an early leader in the user-generated content space, launching drugstore.com, working on ESPN.com at Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation and for Seth Godin at Yoyodyne Entertainment. Scott lives online at http://scottporad.com and in real life with his family in Seattle.
  • Instagram Product Head on Monetizing Platforms
    Instagram Product Head on Monetizing Platforms Vishal Shah Recorded: Sep 6 2018 54 mins
    As Director of Product Management at Instagram, Vishal Shah is responsible for building products that help people discover and connect with their interests on Instagram. He leads consumer, business, and revenue products including Search, Explore, Ads, IGTV, and Shopping. Vishal was most recently named #9 on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2018. Prior to his role at Instagram, Vishal spent 10 years at Turn, pioneering programmatic advertising and marketing technology in roles across engineering and product. Prior to Turn, Vishal was with Accenture’s Technology Labs. Vishal holds degrees in Computer Science and Business from the University of California, Berkeley and resides in the Bay Area with his wife Reena and their two budding Instagrammers.

    About the Speaker: Monetization of social platforms has historically had a tension between the needs of the consumer and business sides of the product. Instagram Product Head Vishal Shah shares how Instagram eschewed this notion and embraced the business ecosystem to build a powerful Feed and Stories Ads business. He also talks about the future of the platform and how Instagram is evolving from place where businesses are discovered to a place where business is done.
  • Coinbase CPO on Innovation from First Principles
    Coinbase CPO on Innovation from First Principles Jeremy Henrickson Recorded: Aug 23 2018 63 mins
    What is innovation? How do you build a blockchain platform that accelerates the advent of an open financial system? How do you go about transforming complex industries like finance and insurance? Coinbase CPO Jeremy Henrickson shares stories from his career and other experiences about how meaningful innovation emerges from first principles. Jeremy will explain why he usually eschews conventional wisdom and why he believes that great products, great teams, and even great music grows from first principles thinking.

    About the Speaker: Jeremy Henrickson is the Chief Product Officer for Coinbase. He is responsible for the product, engineering, and design functions as well as emerging business units. In that capacity he has helped build the teams that create products to accelerate the advent of an open financial system. Jeremy formerly served as VP of Product Development at Guidewire and as the Director of Technology Services at Reactivity. He studied at Stanford University where he received his BS and MS in Computer Science.
  • Jet.com fmr Product VP on Building Better Products by Design
    Jet.com fmr Product VP on Building Better Products by Design Sarah Bernard Recorded: Aug 16 2018 62 mins
    How can Product leaders lead design organizations when they're not designers themselves? When done badly there is tension between the product and design teams because the business can easily distrust the intangible benefits of a thriving design team. Jet.com fmr Product VP Sarah Bernard shares a tried and true framework Product leaders can apply in their organization to ensure their design thinking is performing to its highest potential. Product leaders need this performance from design because it is an essential element for solving really hard product problems and getting to inspired solutions.

    About The Speaker: Sarah Bernard is COO at Crisis Text Line, a technology non-profit in the space of mental health that spreads empathy with innovation. Bernard has grown her career over the last 20 years in Tech. Previously she was VP, Product at Jet.com and held positions as General Manager, SVP and VP of Global Product with Expedia’s Hotwire, HP’s Snapfish.com, Johnson & Johnson’s BabyCenter.com, and Vantiv. Ms. Bernard leads Product, User Experience, Analytics, and Technology in comprehensive transformations with initiatives that accelerate growth. She applies innovative organizational design, process implementation, product discovery, development methodologies, and talent curating within her companies. By creating cultures that encourage risk-taking and excellence, she has enabled her companies to respond quickly to market disruptions and create disruptions themselves. Ms. Bernard holds a BA in Cognitive Science (the study of Artificial and Human Intelligence) from Brown University.
  • Facebook/Snap Product Head on Building Platforms That Scale
    Facebook/Snap Product Head on Building Platforms That Scale Ash Wahi Recorded: Aug 9 2018 55 mins
    If building products is hard, building platforms is uniquely challenging. Customer segmentation is tricky, prioritizing features and defining MVPs incredibly complex, and maintaining quality without creating bottlenecks exhausting. “But the rewards of seeing products and services flourish and scale on your platform is both exhilarating and fulfilling,” says Snap, Facebook and Microsoft product exec Ash Wahi. In this talk, he draws on his experiences working on the Facebook Open Graph, Snap monetization platform, .NET Framework, and early Azure ServiceBus, to share best practices to building platforms that scale.
  • YouTube Red Premium Product Head on Resilience
    YouTube Red Premium Product Head on Resilience Will Aldrich Recorded: Aug 2 2018 53 mins
    Leading a product team is hard work in the best of times. But are you equipped for a crisis? YouTube Premium Product Head Will Aldrich has learned to lead successful product teams in extreme circumstances, from the recent mass shooting at YouTube to the sudden passing of SurveyMonkey's CEO. He will share some advice he wishes he'd had for helping a team heal during hypergrowth.
  • Inc 30 Under 30 Isa Watson on Creating Addictive User Products
    Inc 30 Under 30 Isa Watson on Creating Addictive User Products Isa Watson Recorded: Jul 19 2018 64 mins
    How do you build an unforgettable enterprise software experience in a world of cutting-edge products? What are the different roles that PMs play at each stage of a product’s evolution?

    Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 and Envested founding CEO Isa Watson shares key concepts that allowed her to create an intuitive platform that’s actually social. Drawing on her breadth of product management experience—from Wall Street to startup—she shares a framework for building products people love in any industry.
  • Asana Product VP on Winning Your Market
    Asana Product VP on Winning Your Market Alex Hood Recorded: Jul 18 2018 58 mins
    How do you build a product that enhances workflow for today’s professionals? Asana Product VP Alex Hood shares his unique approach to building solutions that compliment workflow after years of research into how people get work done. His methodologies will help you design products that improve productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
  • WEconnect Recovery CEO on Tech Meets Health & Recovery
    WEconnect Recovery CEO on Tech Meets Health & Recovery Daniela Luzi Tudor Recorded: Jul 11 2018 33 mins
    How do you go about building tech that keeps people healthy? Digital health has massive promises, but it’s no an easy task to connect communities around difficult topics like chronic diseases or drug addiction.

    Digital health serial entrepreneur Daniela Luzi Tudor shares the best practices she has developed building product that heal, from Microsoft to addiction recovery service WEconnect Recovery.

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