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  • Crossing The Chasm Guru on Planning For Launch
    Crossing The Chasm Guru on Planning For Launch
    Michael Eckhardt Recorded: Dec 6 2018 61 mins
    Before you bring a new product to market, it’s important to create a solid foundation through effective planning. In order to get things started, it’s important to pause and think - am I asking the right questions? Most importantly, are these questions framed around building long-term success? Crossing The Chasm Guru Michael Eckhardt will discuss Planning For Launch - sharing the three most important questions that product teams must answer before launching the next big thing. In addition, every attendee will receive a copy of Chasm’s latest book “Crossing The Chasm 3.0” - featuring success stories from the newest stars in the tech world.

    Speaker Bio: Michael Eckhardt is a Managing Director at Chasm Institute - providing tech companies with tools and resources to advance their business goals. For over 15 years, Michael has worked with hundreds of tech companies to accelerate target market results and scale profitable revenue growth. In addition, Michael leads workshops for tech executives and their teams to develop product/market strategy - including Adobe, Spotify, Autodesk and Nest.
  • Floodgate Partner on Decisions For Greatness
    Floodgate Partner on Decisions For Greatness
    Mike Maples Recorded: Nov 29 2018 62 mins
    Great startups and great products are rarities - but they are not random events. How do entrepreneurs turn big ideas into sustained success? Most importantly, what steps should you take to stay focused on the ultimate prize? Floodgate Partner Mike Maples will discuss how to make decisions for greatness. With nearly 30 years of experience, Mike will share his learnings from successes and failures in some of the most important digital businesses that have emerged in recent history.

    About the Speaker: Mike Maples Jr. is a Partner at Floodgate - a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Featured on the Forbes Midas List since 2010 and was named one of “8 Rising Stars” by Fortune Magazine, Mike is an investment guru with years of experience in finding the next big thing in tech. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs - including Tivoli Systems (acquired by IBM) and Motive (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). Mike holds a BS from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his free time, Mike enjoys the world of cinematography and is a fan of sporting clays.
  • Nordstrom SVP on Designing With Personal Touch
    Nordstrom SVP on Designing With Personal Touch
    Brian Gill, SVP Technology, Nordstrom Recorded: Nov 15 2018 58 mins
    Customer interactions with technology are more connected to the human touch than ever before. With the increasing use of wearables and gesture commands, how can you effectively use technology to provide customers with a personalized experience? Join Nordstrom SVP Brian Gill for a discussion on the importance of customer experience. Brian will share his experience in applying a personal touch to technology strategy in order to connect with more customers.

    About The Speaker: Brian Gill is the SVP of Technology at Nordstrom, focused on strategic planning and digital platform development. In addition, Brian’s team manages store technology and operational excellence initiatives. With more than 20 years of experience, Brian also served as Chief Technology Officer at Hotwire, Inc., an operating company of Expedia, Inc. In this role, Brian managed Hotwire’s platform technologies and the company’s data science team.
  • Medium Product VP on Blending Taste and Science
    Medium Product VP on Blending Taste and Science
    Michael Sippey Recorded: Nov 8 2018 67 mins
    TOPIC: Medium Product VP on Blending Taste and Science

    Consumer product management sits at the nexus of engineering, design and data science. As a product manager, how do you facilitate collaboration and conversation between these disciplines? Most importantly, how do you deliver compelling experiences for users that move the needle for your business? Medium Product VP Michael Sippey will share his experiences in leading design-forward product organizations. In addition, Michael will outline principles you can use to blend taste and science in your product development process.

    About the Speaker: Michael Sippey is VP Product at Medium, leading a team that helps more than 80 million readers a month discovery smart thinking on things that matter. Prior to joining Medium in 2017, Sippey was CEO and co-founder of Talkshow Industries, a startup focused on making great conversations easy to discover. He’s also held executive and product leadership roles at Twitter, SAY Media and Six Apart. He has a BA in English Literature from Colgate University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, his two daughters and his dog Scout.
  • Stripe Product Lead on Managing Product Managers
    Stripe Product Lead on Managing Product Managers
    Shreyas Doshi Recorded: Oct 25 2018 57 mins
    TOPIC: Stripe Product Lead on Managing Product Managers

    How do you take the first step toward a leadership role? Most importantly, how do you grow as a leader once you take on new responsibilities? Shreyas Doshi, Product Lead at Stripe, will share his own experiences on how to start your path in becoming a product leader. Shreyas will cover how to prepare yourself for a leadership role, avoiding mistakes that will affect your personal growth and setting yourself up for long-term success as a product manager.

    About the Speaker: Since joining Stripe in 2016, Shreyas Doshi has been instrumental in building the product team and driving new growth. He currently leads product management for Connect - Stripe’s flagship solution for marketplaces and platforms. Prior to joining Stripe, Shreyas held product leadership roles at Twitter, Google and Yahoo. In addition, he is an investor in over 100 startups - including Junglee Games, Cozy and Soothe.
  • Vimeo fmr GM/SVP on T-Shaped Product Management
    Vimeo fmr GM/SVP on T-Shaped Product Management
    Christophe Gillet Recorded: Oct 18 2018 44 mins
    Product management is a jack-of-all-trades role. However, it is important to be a master of some. How do you determine where to go deep and where to know enough to be effective? How do you develop the cross-section of skills to make yourself a more effective product manager? Join Vimeo fmr CPO Christophe Gillet to learn about “T-shaped product management” and how your personal “T” is most effective within your organization.



    About The Speaker: Christophe is the Chief Product Officer at Skillshare - where he runs product, design and engineering. Prior to joining Skillshare, Christophe was GM & Head of Product at Vimeo, where he led the product vision for the overall brand experience and development for Vimeo’s creator platform tools. In addition, Christophe has held product roles at eBay, Fan.TV, Adap.tv and iPreo.
  • Expedia fmr CMO on Solving the Paradox of Choice
    Expedia fmr CMO on Solving the Paradox of Choice
    Jeff Warren Recorded: Oct 11 2018 54 mins
    TOPIC: Solving the Paradox of Choice - Bikes, Scooters and Cars - Oh My!

    ​In a world of increasing options, how do you quickly help consumers make choices without making them feel overwhelmed by the possibilities? How do you build a product that is resilient in an ever-changing landscape? Moreover, how do you do this without impacting conversion? Join Jeff Warren, former Head of Marketing at Expedia and current CEO of Migo to talk about the Paradox of Choice. Jeff will walk us through an example of how Migo has designed its product to help travelers make quick decisions and get moving to their destinations. He will also share a framework you can use for your product designs.

    About The Speaker: Jeff Warren is the founder and CEO of Migo, the search app for personal transportation that mixes rideshare, traditional taxis, car-share (i.e. Car2Go, ReachNow), bikes, scooters and public transit onto a single real-time mobile app.

    Prior to creating Migo, Jeff led the marketing team at Expedia for Travelocity and Wotif. During his tenure at Expedia Jeff also created the first marketing team to employ data scientists and machine learning systems, leading Metasearch (i.e. Kayak, TripAdvisor, Trivago) to move from contributing 1% of Expedia's hotel booking volume to over 20% in less than a year.

    In addition, Jeff held a variety of leadership and corporate development roles at Motorola, where he led the team that introduced Android products.
  • Gainsight CPO on Building Subscription-Based Products
    Gainsight CPO on Building Subscription-Based Products
    Karl Rumelhart Recorded: Oct 4 2018 60 mins
    What does it take to build products customers pay for forever? "A focus on keeping existing customers versus winning new ones," says Gainsight CPO Karl Rumelhart. Products designed for subscription need low churn and high net retention. They also need to meet the needs of another internal constituency: Customer Success Managers, in addition to Sales and Support. Rumelhart describes what product managers need to know about subscription models and how to approach gathering input and prioritizing against those tradeoffs. He also reveals how to make Customer Success Managers a key asset for the product team.

    About the Speaker: Karl Rumelhart is the Chief Product Officer at Gainsight. Karl is responsible for the product roadmap for Gainsight’s customer success platform. Karl has held senior product and marketing roles at VMware, leading product management for VirtualCenter and driving the acquisition of SpringSource. Karl has also run product teams at Jive and predictive analytics at Infer. Prior to his software career, Karl was an academic mathematician, lecturing at Stanford University after receiving a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
  • 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.

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