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Got Audiobook? Audible CEO Katz on the Rewards of Listening to Literature - Techonomy

Got Audiobook? Audible CEO Katz on the Rewards of Listening to Literature - Techonomy | Startup Product | Scoop.it

"Since introducing one of the first digital audio players in 1997, Audible (now owned by Amazon) has become the biggest name in audiobooks," says Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz of the surging audiobook phenomenon. 

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Technologies like Whispersync for Voice, an Amazon offering created by Audible, allows users to toggle seamlessly between reading a book on their Kindle and listening to it in their car.


According to Katz, “you would have a more interesting life, a more enriched life, a more successful economic life, you get more dates, if you read some more books.” 


On top of a fatter wallet and a busier love life, audiobooks bring you performances by the best actors in the world, who “have elevated the form.” No wonder the average Audible member goes through about 18 books a year.


Get a free audio book when you sign up for a 30-day free trial at audiblepodcast.com/prodmgmttalk

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Why We Launched the Techonomy Bio Conference - Techonomy

Why We Launched the Techonomy Bio Conference - Techonomy | Startup Product | Scoop.it

For us here at Techonomy, next Tuesday's Techonomy Bio conference is a catalytic and mind-expanding moment. It's a half-day foray into the systems of life. Register: http://bit.ly/1ltKbsg

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For us here at Techonomy, next Tuesday’s Techonomy Bio conference is a catalytic and mind-expanding moment. It’s a half-day foray into the systems of life.


We come from the world of IT and the Internet, but have concluded that becoming too embedded in it will increasingly be a deep limitation.


For any of us to innovate and understand the future progress of mankind, we have to recognize that for all their compelling charms, digital tools are just one part of the tool set. Now that biology yields every day to greater understanding, it is going to pull human society into fundamentally new directions.


Opening the event will be Andrew Hessel of Autodesk’s new bio and nano design division, explaining why he believes that as the cost of DNA sequencing comes down we have the prospect of finally making real progress in combatting cancer. As today’s $1,000 cost of fully sequencing a human genome drops to $10 very shortly and eventually to trivial levels, we could gain amazing abilities to customize drugs for patients. In fact he predicts we may eventually see something like “Netflix for drugs”—subscription services individuals could subscribe to for a diverse variety of customized drugs just for themselves.


 Drew Endy of Stanford will explain why synthetic biology is becoming one of the key technologies of the modern age. Some say this could become the “defining technology of the 21st century.” Endy is a world-renowned scientist and bio-activist who argues that it will be increasingly possible to “program” living systems much as we program computers. But he also worries about potential misuse of this technology and its ethical dangers.



We’ll hear from Beth Seidenberg of Kleiner Perkins, one of the world’s most eminent biotech venture capitalists. She has fascinating thoughts about how IT progress boosts bio progress.


She’ll be joined by veteran VC Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Lindy Fishburne of the Thiel Foundation and Breakout Labs, to discuss biotech investment and funding. Despite all the progress, many investors remain wary.


Then follows a a panel including Ellen Jorgensen of Brooklyn’s Genspace, a community lab that aims to get both children and adults more engaged with bio-science. Joining her is Ryan Phelan of Revive & Restore, which aims to “genetically rescue” endangered and even extinct species.


Nancy Kelley, our next speaker, was founding executive director of the New York Genome Center and has helped foster a robust biotech ecosystem in and around Techonomy’s home base in that city. She’ll talk about “Engineering Biology to Address Global Challenges.”


We close with a super-star panel of scientists, entrepreneurs, and activists. You probably read recently about Floyd Romesberg of UC San Diego and his breakthrough fabricating a new fully-artificial form of bacteria that uses six “letters” in its DNA rather than the four that constitute all known natural life forms.


We’ll also have Stewart Brand, the idea-pioneer who at recent Techonomy events has played a big role helping us realize what a big revolution was happening in biology.


John Perry Barlow, the digital activist, Grateful Dead lyricist, and now entrepreneur, will explain how his new company Algae Systems may help fuel the future.


Jim Flatt of Genovia Bio and Synthetic Genomics is another pioneer of algae-based production, of fuel along with food and other chemicals.


And Steve Levine leads the Realistic Human Simulation initiative at Dassault Systemes, bringing us full circle to the ways that IT is driving bio.


Attend tomorrow: June 17 http://bit.ly/1ltKbsg Techonomy Bio conf @techonomy @ComputerHistory

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June 13 Webinar: Importance Of Culture To The Success Of Product Development - Startup Product

June 13 Webinar: Importance Of Culture To The Success Of Product Development - Startup Product | Startup Product | Scoop.it

Importance Of Culture To The Success Of Product Development

REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/1mFzSCO

More info & slides following event: http://bit.ly/1jjx39p on Follow http://startupproduct.com for more info http://bit.ly/1jjx39p

StartUP Product's insight:

Today! 

Creating new products is a huge undertaking and consumes all our physical and mental resources to do so effectively and successfully. All too often, culture is overlooked in the face of the huge effort required to launch new products. Once launched, if our products do not go well, we tend to look to the mechanics, the talent, the marketing strategy and so on, but not necessarily the culture. Then when our product launches are successful we tend to not focus on culture either, as we assume we were successful based on the choices we made about the mechanics, the talent, the marketing and so on. Yet, culture lies at the heart of the decisions we make, the way our teams work together, or not, the way we choose to market our products, the target market, the pricing, the sourcing and so much more. Culture is the true heart and soul of our success, and the more we focus on developing a strong culture the higher our likelihood of success.


Join Glenn Geffcken as he shares insights on the importance of culture to the success of product development and learn:

  • The single most powerful way to succeed in product development
  • What culture is at the core
  • How to drive a culture shift


Participate and Win! 
Participants during Q&A are entered into a drawing to win a Signed copy of Shift: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change

 

 

 



Who Should Attend 
Product Managers, Product Marketing Managers, Project Managers, Program Managers, and everyone responsible for product success


About the Speaker

Glenn Geffcken is an accomplished executive with a background in sales, large-scale event production, publishing, and sustainability. He founded Balanced Is, a consulting company focusing on helping companies shift and evolve their culture. Glenn Geffcken is the author of SHIFT: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change, which explores the ancient principles of indigenous society and their applicability to business.http://www.linkedin.com/in/glenngeffcken
@glenn_geffcken


Moderated by @CindyFSolomon

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Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free

Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free | Startup Product | Scoop.it

This is from DEC 21 2010 -The Atlantic "The Internet has become as important as anything man has ever created. But those freedoms are being chipped away."

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From Steve Wozniak's 2010 Letter to the FCC:


"The early Internet was so accidental, it also was free and open in this sense. The Internet has become as important as anything man has ever created. But those freedoms are being chipped away. Please, I beg you, open your senses to the will of the people to keep the Internet as free as possible. Local ISP's should provide connection to the Internet but then it should be treated as though you own those wires and can choose what to do with them when and how you want to, as long as you don't destruct them. I don't want to feel that whichever content supplier had the best government connections or paid the most money determined what I can watch and for how much. This is the monopolistic approach and not representative of a truly free market in the case of today's Internet.


"When I was first asked to "sign on" with some good people interested in Net Neutrality my initial thought was that the economic system works better with tiered pricing for various customers. On the other hand, I'm a founder of the EFF and I care a lot about individuals and their own importance. Finally, the thought hit me that every time and in every way that the telecommunications careers have had power or control, we the people wind up getting screwed. Every audience that I speak this statement and phrase to bursts into applause.


"That's how the people think. They don't want this to encroach on their Internet freedom.


STEVE WOZNIAK is a computer engineer who co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. with Steve Jobs. He created the Apple I and Apple II series computers in the mid-1970s.  After earning the National Medal of Technology in 1985, Wozniak left Apple to work on various business and philanthropic ventures.

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The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer | Startup Product | Scoop.it
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
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Listen to Dr. Randal Koene on the Global Product Management Talk http://bit.ly/1joer9p

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To Hire Excellence, You Need to Know What Excellent Looks Like

To Hire Excellence, You Need to Know What Excellent Looks Like | Startup Product | Scoop.it

If you don’t think marketing is important, you’ve never worked with a great marketer. Think the best products just sell themselves?

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By Hunter Walk, @hunterwalk

Partner at Homebrew VC (fmr YouTube, Google, Second Life product lead) 


When Founders make hiring mistakes, or tolerate middling team members, it’s often because they don’t know what excellent looks like. Until you’ve see an artisan practice their craft, it’s difficult to discern Jiro from any other sushi chef.


What’s an entrepreneur to do?


  • Meet Some Excellence: Ask investors, your lawyers, other founders to introduce you to someone who is an excellent [lawyer, CMO, UX designer, etc]. Take them to a meal or for a walk. Ask them how to ID excellence within their profession: what types of experiences to look for, what interview questions to ask.
  • Bring Excellence Into Your Interview Process: If you’ve got an advisor, investor or friend with experience in the discipline you’re trying to hire, bring them into the final interview process for candidates.
  • Benchmark Excellence: What’s the right close rate for an excellent salesperson? Best practice response rates for email marketing? Sure it can be apples to oranges, but come up with a performance range that suggests excellence and if a team member isn’t performing within it, work with them to figure out why.
  • Ask The Person You’re Trying to Hire: Seriously, just ask the question “what makes an excellent marketer” and/or “what do you do better than other folks we’re interviewing.” It can be a little awkward but revealing. Some folks will blend confidence with their modesty. Others will just brag without much behind it. Regardless self-awareness plus a thoughtfulness as to what excellence looks like in one owns profession is valuable. It can also be situational – for example, someone might be able to connect their own skills to the particular phase or type of work your company is doing. Generally good but situationally excellent isn’t uncommon.

Most startups can’t survive ‘good enough.’ Shoot for excellence and build a culture of helping excellent people thrive.

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Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures

Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures | Startup Product | Scoop.it
Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google.
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Live: Global Product Management Talk With Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures

Listen! http://bit.ly/19MYTbz

Call in to talk on the show (323) 927-2957 and participate on Twitter by following @ProdMgmtTalk and tweeting using the hashtag #ProdMgmtTalk

Global Product Management Talk with Ken Norton on his viral posts about Product Management, on product management in Big Companies vs. Startups And when to hire the first product manager when the founder is a hands-on product lead 

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Monday, October 28, 2013 at the simultaneous times of 10:00 AM Pacific Time, 11:00 AM MST Denver, 12:00 Noon CST Chicago, and 1:00 PM EST Boston.

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Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google. He wrote a blog post in 2005 called "How to hire a product manager" which has been viewed by more than a million people. At the Product Insights SF conference, he did a tongue in cheek presentation about "how to work with engineers" and his essay went viral. 

He'll discuss product management in Big Companies vs. Startups and when to hire the first product manager when the founder is a hands-on product lead.


Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures joins host Cindy F. Solomon on the Global Product Management Talk on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the simultaneous times of 10:00 AM Pacific Time, 11:00 AM MST Denver, 12:00 Noon CST Chicago, and 1:00 PM EST Boston. 


About Ken Norton 

Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his more than six years at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, Google Mobile Maps, and Google+.

Ken joined Google with the acquisition of JotSpot, where he was vice president of products. Before JotSpot, Ken led product management at Yahoo Search. Back in the day when he was a software engineer, he was one of the first 50 employees of CNET and the founding CTO of Snap (which became NBC Internet).


Ken has written extensively about the craft of product management, is an inventor of thirteen patents, and a competitive cyclist. He has a B.A. from Boston University and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. http://www.linkedin.com/in/kennethnorton/

Twitter: @kennethn

Read Ken's blog posts about this subject matter:

https://www.kennethnorton.com/essays/productmanager.html

https://www.kennethnorton.com/essays/how-to-work-with-software-engineers.html 

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Our format: we post questions Q1, Q2, Q3 Please answer using A1, A2, A3 

Questions for Discussion:  
PreQ: Please introduce yourself, where you are tweeting from & your involvement with #prodmgmt #prodmgmttalk

Q1 What's it like moving into venture capital from an operational PM role?

Q2 How is Google Ventures different from Google or a traditional VC?

Q3 You wrote a blog post in 2005 called "How to hire a product manager" - it's been viewed by more than a million people since, why do you think it's been so popular? http://bit.ly/1e7KXvl

Q4 You like to say PMs should "bring the donuts" -- what do you mean by that? 

Q5 You did a tongue in cheek presentation at #productsf about "how to work with engineers" and your essay went viral -- did anyone think you were being serious? http://bit.ly/ZYjhSX

Q6 What does Google look for when hiring PMs?


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Startup Product Summit SF2

Startup Product Summit SF2 | Startup Product | Scoop.it

I was part of the crowd of product lovers who gathered at Broadway Studios for the Startup Product Summit SF2 on October 10-12. It was 3 wonderful days of interesting learning, sharing knowledge and meeting people who share a common love for great products. Product excellence immersion at its best!

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by Toyin Lapido

reposted from http://toyinladipo.com/Blog/2013/10/22/startup-product/


People came to learn about cutting edge methodologies, awesome tools and to get exposure to new thinking and different perspectives.


There was something for everyone:

  • career mentoring and counseling sessions for those who want career advancement,
  • product launch platform for those with new products,
  • talent pool  for recruitment purposes,
  • a lot of networking and getting up close to product leaders.

I heard and experienced a lot of great things at Startup Product Summit SF2. However,  the following 10 things resonated the most with me;


  1. Listen to your customers but do not always do what they say.
  2. Do not give in to temptation to include “strategic” features that serve no purpose at the moment.
  3. Speak the language your customer understands
  4. Build only when you have commitment from customers.
  5. Be involved in the sales. You need to understand how your customers react to your product.
  6. Test early MVP (minimum viable product) with customers.
  7. Only develop products  for pain-points you are passionate about.
  8. Be aware of past ideas and solutions in your domain
  9. Be receptive to using past ideas to develop innovative products and solutions.
  10. Help people do what they already do in as fewer steps as possible.


About Toyin Lapido

Toyin Ladipo is an MBA with strong design background living in San Francisco. She is focused on developing innovative solutions to key customers pain points in the retail industry. Burning with hunger for new knowledge, she's always on the alert for emerging technologies, new patterns and trends. She has worked as project manager, art director, communication designer and integrated marketing professional on brands such as Glaxosmithkline, Autodesk, Shell and Pepsi. Toyin has an MBA with concentration in Innovation Management and a Bachelors in Industrial Design. She enjoys a good laugh, reading, design, writing, photography and sightseeing. http://toyinladipo.com/ @toyin_ladipo

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Why I'm Passionate About Product Management | Rich Mironov's Product Bytes

Why I'm Passionate About Product Management | Rich Mironov's Product Bytes | Startup Product | Scoop.it

A lighthearted pictorial keynote from Product Camp San Francisco, Oct 2013.

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Since we typically talk about wearing lots of hats, I’ve instead referenced shoes… Best ad lib laugh: my demonstration that I predate “lean.” - See more at:


http://www.mironov.com/pcampsf-kick/#sthash.vhZOPf6B.OynXekxc.dpuf

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ProductCamp SF

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@ProductCampSF unconference is Day 3 of Product Bootcamp SF 2013 on October 12, 2013

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Afternoon sessions will be chosen by attendees on October 12 at Broadway Studios – arrive early to propose sessions, promote your proposals and vote for ones you want!You can view morning vote tallies at ProdThink. Note: the ability to vote is still available, but tallies have previously been counted for morning sessions.

Twitter: @ProductCampSF #PCampSF

Tweet directly from our GroupTweet account: http://bit.ly/1aajmnU

LinkedIn: ProductCamp San Francisco Group

Google+


Plan your networking! Download our mobile event app @Bizzabo 
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----->QUICK – Get discounted entry to multiple events when you purchase a bundle ticket.What is ProductCamp San Francisco?

ProductCamp San Francisco is a user-driven, collaborative “unconference” for passionate product people who are currently or seeking to be product managers, product marketers, product owners, product team members, and others interested in learning and sharing their knowledge, experience and resources to forward their careers, their startups, their teams and their product success. These events are created “by and for” participants. Everyone is a volunteer and member of the team at ProductCamp! Attendees choose the topics that will be presented and are actively engaged in creating value throughout the day.

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Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: 6 Protips for Building Developer Product Communities

Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: 6 Protips for Building Developer Product Communities | Startup Product | Scoop.it

Title: 6 Protips for Building Developer Product Communities Session Leader: Sarah-Jane Morris, @SarahJaneMorris

Website: http://sarah-janemorris.com

Format: Presentation

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Developers engage in community in an effort to discover tools, exchange knowledge and solve problems. They are a solutions-focused audience, not willing to spend too long to get what they’re looking for.


The goals of a developer community are therefore different than standard community engagement goals;

dev communities should seek to provide the tools needed to allow developers to build as quickly, creatively and simply as possible.


I’ll cover 6 key points you need to know before you launch a developer product community.


About the Speaker

Sarah-Jane is the Developer Community Manager at Mashery (an Intel company), the leader in API management. At Mashery, she manages a community of 216,000+ developers leveraging 50+ public APIs. Sarah-Jane has spent the last 10 years marketing and developing community for software services at agencies, startups and now with Mashery joining Intel, one of the world’s largest brands.



Learn about managing products to success at Product Bootcamp San Francisco Oct 10-12!    http://bit.ly/14ZagOP

Oct 10: Workshop Day: competitive space & Lean startup way. http://bit.ly/14SMcaC 

Oct 11 Startup Product Summit SF2 lightning talks w/experts & practitioners. http://bit.ly/1bvsOFm

Oct 12 ProductCamp San Francisco! true community unconference http://pcampsf.com

Register: http://bit.ly/14Z9QIn
Propose sessions form: http://bit.ly/187tSfW


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Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: Mobile Apps-What happens after you launch?

Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: Mobile Apps-What happens after you launch? | Startup Product | Scoop.it
Title: Apps-What happens after you launch?

Session Leader: Aykut Karaalioglu, @aykutws Website: http://www.themobileaction.com

Format: Workshop

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According to Forrester, 63% of apps are discovered through app store searchesASO is the process of optimizing mobile apps to rank higher in an app store’s search results. The higher your app ranks in an app store’s search results, the more visible it is to potential customers. That increased visibility tends to translate into more traffic to your app’s page in the app store.


I founded Mobile Action after several years in the mobile industry, frustrated at what was missing - user acquisition experts who get results that matter. 


About Aykut Karaalioglu

Aykut Karaalioglu is the founder and CEO of Mobile Action, an mobile marketing and advertising consulting and solution company. Aykut founded serial startups in Europe and Silicon Valley. He started his first startup in 2008 in Ankara, Turkey when he was 21. His passion for creating new tools drove him to execute Marro.ws, Shoppie and Mobile Action. Aykut was named one of Future Magazine’s 10 Most Influential Turkish People in 2012. He was featured on Webrazzi “Year of Entrepreneur” and was named a Young Leader and Entrepreneur by Global Turk Awards. 

http://www.linkedin.com/in/aykutkaraalioglu


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Learn about managing products to success at Product Bootcamp San Francisco Oct 10-12!  http://bit.ly/14ZagOP

 

Oct 10: Workshop Day: competitive space & Lean startup way. http://bit.ly/14SMcaC 


Oct 11 Startup Product Summit SF2 lightning talks w/experts & practitioners. http://bit.ly/1bvsOFm

Oct 12 ProductCamp San Francisco! true community unconferencehttp://pcampsf.com

Register: http://bit.ly/14Z9QIn
Propose sessions form: http://bit.ly/187tSfW


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Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: Getting that Next Product Job (Solution Selling)

Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: Getting that Next Product Job (Solution Selling) | Startup Product | Scoop.it

Title: Getting that Next Product Job (Solution Selling)

Session Leader: Rich Mironov, @RichMironov Website: http://www.mironov.com

StartUP Product's insight:

We’re so careful crafting benefits for our products and understanding their selling cycle, but wander into job interviews mostly unprepared – hoping our resumes will speak for us.


This will be a workshop-style session starting from a hiring manager’s perspective – with the entire group helping “position” a candidate for the job.


Applying our product marketing skills to ourselves. I’ve been coaching product folks on job searches (one-off) for a long time. Let’s see what we can learn from and share with each other.


About the Presenter

Rich Mironov is a serial entrepreneur, startup veteran, interim VP Product Management, and “agile product guy”. He founded Product Camp. He spends a lot of time helping hire, train, mentor and organize tech product managers. His long-running blog (since 2001) has a lot of recent posts on product management blog job skills, roles, agile organizations and “advice to the joblorn.”

http://www.mironov.com/joblorn


Rich is speaking at Startup Product Summit SF2 on October 11 and ProductCampSF on October 12!


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Learn about managing products to success at Product Bootcamp San Francisco Oct 10-12!    http://bit.ly/14ZagOP

 

Oct 10: Workshop Day: competitive space & Lean startup way. http://bit.ly/14SMcaC 


Oct 11 Startup Product Summit SF2 lightning talks w/experts & practitioners. http://bit.ly/1bvsOFm







Oct 12 ProductCamp San Francisco! true community unconference http://pcampsf.com

Register: http://bit.ly/14Z9QIn
Propose sessions form: http://bit.ly/187tSfW


Get the mobile app for updates & networking at Product Bootcamp SF events! http://bit.ly/1b3smyl

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So you want to manage a product?

So you want to manage a product? | Startup Product | Scoop.it
What no one tells you about the role
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Being a product manager is not about getting wrapped up in the fact that you have “manager” in your title. Sure, you get to call the shots. But you also get to be accountable for every up and down of your product. If a user doesn’t understand your product, that’s on you, not Marketing. If your product comes at the wrong time, that’s on you, not Strategy. If a user can’t find the button, that’s on you, not Design.

And if a target user has no use for your product, that’s on you, not him.

By Rohini Vibha

PM @Livefyre. Self-published author. Psych-geek. Favorite word and activity: kaffeeklatsch. More @ unabridgedro.blogspot.com

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How the Software Industry Redefines Product Management

How the Software Industry Redefines Product Management | Startup Product | Scoop.it
Everything is continuous.

by Brad Pow er | 12:00 PM June 13, 2014

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According to Andy Singleton, CEO of Assembla:


In traditional product management, smart people (marketing, engineering, strategy, product managers, R&D) come up with new products and lob them over the wall to operations to put into production. The functional silos and serial process breed miscommunication, slowness, and make it hard to fix problems. Continuous delivery of new software enables experimentation and direct measurement of the response of customers to product changes, creating integrated teamwork, speed, closeness to customers, and facilitating quick fixing of problems in real time.


Product management is transitioning from a process that involves setting strategy and forecasting response, to a much simpler process where we can experiment and directly measure the response of customers to product changes, called data-driven product management.


The software management practice of continuously releasing new product changes is opening up revolutionary new possibilities for management generally, pointing to a future in which organizations in almost any industry can deliver a steady stream of breakthrough innovations.


Singleton's named “Continuous Agileapproach naturally entails a faster management system that will increasingly disrupt traditional management systems based on hierarchies and command-and-control, which are inherently internally focused and slow.


As Singleton told me, “The technology world is a cult of innovation. We see that innovation drives success in business, and in the larger economy. Software is an almost-pure form of innovation. We call it ‘soft’ because we can change it and reshape it easily.”


BRAD POWER

Brad Power has consulted and conducted research on process innovation and business transformation for the last 30 years. His latest research focuses on how top management creates breakthrough business models enabling today's performance and tomorrow's innovation, building on work with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Hammer and Company, and FCB Partners.

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Corporate Personhood! | Move to Amend

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Corporate Personhood! | Move to Amend | Startup Product | Scoop.it

“A Corporation is Not a Person! Money is Not Free Speech!”


Polling shows 80% of the American public believes that corporations should not have the same rights as people. 


“Ending Corporate Personhood” was a major theme in the demands that came from Occupy encampments across the country.


StartUP Product's insight:


We the People, Not We the Corporations


 On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.


Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.


We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens Unitedand other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.


The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.

We Move to Amend.

". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."

             ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010

 

Senate Joint Resolution 19 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, but it doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights at all.


Move to Amend has vowed that we will not support any halfway measures that don't amend the Constitution in two necessary ways:


1) Make clear that only human beings, not corporations have Constitutional rights;


2) Make clear that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.


Tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation have been building a grassroots movement over the past four years from the bottom up. This movement came from everyday people taking this issue to their city governments, to town meeting debates, to candidate forums, to newspaper opinion pages, and to the ballot box directly. Nearly 600 cities and towns have now passed amendment resolutions.


Polling shows 80% of the American public believes that corporations should not have the same rights as people. State legislatures have been pressured to stand up as well, with 16 states passing resolutions calling for an amendment. “Ending Corporate Personhood” was a major theme in the demands that came from Occupy encampments across the country.


The plan is that this amendment will get a vote in the Senate this year -- before election season. 


We cannot allow a proposal that doesn’t address corporate constitutional rights to get traction -- the amendment must match the demand of our movement: “A Corporation is Not a Person! Money is Not Free Speech!”


Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. We call for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

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This New Fellowship Is Trying To Get New York's Tech Talent To Solve Some Of The City's Most Meaningful Problems

This New Fellowship Is Trying To Get New York's Tech Talent To Solve Some Of The City's Most Meaningful Problems | Startup Product | Scoop.it

AppSignificance Labs wants you to use your tech talent for good.

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Apply before April 30 for 3 month fellowship in NY: http://significancelabs.org/solve/


"We’re inviting a half dozen rising stars in the tech world to spend three months this summer to do just that. You’re already deeply versed in building products or companies, and now you want to test something else."


Hannah Wright is on a mission to encourage the tech talent in New York City to do something more meaningful. Significance Labs, which Wright co-founded with Parker Mitchell and Bill Cromie in February, is giving six New York City techies the opportunity to focus on building products that help solve real problems for the people who need it the most: Those 25 million American families living on less than $25,000 a year. 


Six Significance Labs Fellows will each have three months, $50,000, and access to top design and tech firms to design mobile products for low-income Americans that will help solve simple problems in their lives. The Lab is looking for product ideas that may only solve little problems, but will cause dramatic ripple effects in the lives of the people using them. 


The Fellows won't necessarily be coming in with their own ideas. A big part of the program is creating mutually respectful and immersive interactions between with designated low-income New York City communities and each of the Fellows, who will also have access to experts in different non-profits fields.


"As opposed to tackling the entirety of her problem, we’re going to chip away at the death-by-1000-cuts little pain points," Wright says. "That itself leads to broader outcomes; we believe that if we keep doing those little things over and over again, we all together vastly improve people’s lives, even if no one of them is the transformative solution."

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Startup Product Asheville, North Carolina launches Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at the Asheville Music Hall

Startup Product Asheville, North Carolina launches Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at the Asheville Music Hall | Startup Product | Scoop.it

The Startup Product movement [for product excellence] of technology entrepreneurs, software and hardware makers comes to Asheville Wednesday with a free launch party!

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The Startup Product movement [for product excellence] of technology entrepreneurs, software and hardware makers comes to Asheville [North Carolina] Wednesday with a free launch party.


Startup Product Asheville’s premier event will be held 5-8 p.m. at the Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave.


Asheville joins a select group of cities where the movement has spread from the Silicon Valley. Based in San Francisco, blogger Cindy [F.] Solomon has spearheaded the evolution of product managers among technology companies and start-ups creating new consumer products such as mobile apps or smart devices like the Nest thermostat recently bought by Google.


“Where companies used to have project managers, now they’re moving toward product managers,” said Ty Hallock of Top Floor Studios.


Hallock is co-organizing the event with Adrienne Clark. Seven groups are collaborating for the evening: DoNation, Asehville Creative League, Asheville Non-Profit Unconference, Asheville Makers, Asheville Music Hall, LoLo, Trusted Sharing, Creative Collection Asheville and Mojo Kitchen & Lounge.


Speakers for the evening are:

• Robin Cape, executive director of The Collider

• Bradley Waldrop, organizer of Lean Startups

• Kevin Jones, founder of SoCap, a platform to direct capital to social entrepreneurs.

• David Miller, owner of Imaginari Studios

• Craig McAnsh, founder of Mojo Coworking


Attendees can register at  http://startupproductashevillelaunch.splashthat.com/


There’s also:


Facebook page

www.facebook.com/StartupProductAsheville

Meetup Community 
Twitter 
Website
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How Not To Find a Product Job

How Not To Find a Product Job | Startup Product | Scoop.it

Far and away the most common question I get is: How do you find a product job? 

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By Teresa Torres on Oct 28, 2013 06:14 am

originally published on Product Talk


Stop looking at job boards.

Stop rearranging bullets on your resume.

Stop being the 412th person to apply to a job posting. It’s a waste of time.


You need to start thinking about yourself as if you were a product.


What does that mean?

Well, let’s review, what do product managers do?


  • We identify a market, 
  • we learn as much as we can about our customers, particularly their pain points, 
  • we compare those needs with our company’s core competencies, and 
  • we develop solutions to meet those needs. 


In doing so, we pay special attention to competitors so that we can ensure that our solutions are differentiated and competitive.


You need to use this same approach when looking for a job.


Remember, in this case, you are the product. Rather than blindly sending your resume around, hoping to find product-market fit, instead start by identifying your market.


Just as we don’t build products for anyone and everyone, don’t apply to any and every job. The first step is to identify a group of companies where you’ll have the best chance of product-market fit, where you can be of most value.


From there, do your research.

Learn as much as you can about your customer (your target companies) and their pain points (why do they need you?). And then work on the ideal solution – you!

How can you best position yourself to be the solution they need?


How Not To Find a Product Job was written by Teresa Torres and originally published onProduct Talk
About Teresa Torres

Teresa is VP of Products, Aftercollege.  She says, "I’m a product consultant and coach who works with early-stage companies helping them translate their big ideas into great products. My focus is on helping product managers be better at what they do by sharing knowledge, building know-how, and refining practice.


"Professionally, I’ve worked as an interaction designer, a user researcher, and in a variety of product management roles from an individual contributor to a vice president. I was also the CEO of a social media startup that dabbled in social recruiting and higher education."

http://www.linkedin.com/in/teresatorres

Email producttalk at teresatorres dot com.
On twitter: @ttorres http://www.twitter.com/ttorres

Blog: http://producttalk.org

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Seeing Both Sides: The Product Management Revolution

Seeing Both Sides: The Product Management Revolution | Startup Product | Scoop.it

The art of Product Management continues to evolve. 

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The art of Product Management continues to evolve. I've enjoyed spending time with many VPs of product in the last year since I co-authored an HBS note on the role of the Product Manager to develop more insights, materials and case studies on that revolution.


Earlier this week I taught a seminar on product management to MIT Sloan students as part of their "Sloan Innovation Period (SIP)" curriculum.  Although it's not exactly the EdX experience, in the spirit of open courseware, I thought others interested in the topic might enjoy the materials I used for the class, which are here.

- See more at: http://bostonvcblog.typepad.com/vc/2013/10/the-product-management-revolution.html#sthash.RDErwCOf.dpuf


By Jeff Bussgang

Jeffrey Bussgang, a successful serial entrepreneur for ten years, is now a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with more than $500 million under management. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he was the cofounder of Upromise, the largest private source of college funding contributions in the United States. He serves as an entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with highest distinction. Bussgang writes a popular blog, www.SeeingBothSides.com, and lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Click here to see Jeff’s complete bio. http://www.jeffbussgang.com/

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Product Management Notes from Startup Product Summit SF2

Product Management Notes from Startup Product Summit SF2 | Startup Product | Scoop.it

I was trying to give the short  "mobile apps product management" answer to the typical “What do you do?” networking question.

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By Lyubomyr Ostapiv


Instead of general Startup Product Summit SF2 impressions and suggestions, let me provide only the personal picture of most valuable notes specifically related to product management.


About Lyubomyr Ostapiv

CFO at Stanfy. Stanfy specializes in mobile communications and creates killer mobile applications for iOS and Android platforms. Over the past three years more than 60 successful apps were developed by Stanfy for our clients from all over the world, including domestic and foreign projects such as Waterbalance, Schoolit, AlterGeo, KinoPoisk, IMAX, Kyivstar, Runfaces and many others.  http://stanfy.com 

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What to Expect at ProductCampSF on October 12, 2013

What to Expect at ProductCampSF on October 12, 2013 | Startup Product | Scoop.it

ProductCamp SF is day 3 of Product Bootcamp SF happening at Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway, San Francisco. 200 people have registered. Over 30 sessions were proposed online and voting for morning s...

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ProductCamp SF is day 3 of Product Bootcamp SF happening at Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway, San Francisco.

200 people have registered. Over 30 sessions were proposed online and voting for morning sessions took place using @ProdThink prioritization tool.


Come prepared to propose and vote for afternoon sessions. All previously proposed sessions not scheduled for morning will be included in voting for afternoon sessions.


If you are bringing a presentation to ProductCampSF, download one of the following PowerPoint files and copy the Title and Sponsor slides into your presentation.

ProductCampBookends-4-3

ProductCampBookends-16-9


Managing Expectations:


This is not any other product camp!


Broadway Studios is a historic venue in a funky North Beach neighborhood – a great place for community, networking and face to face interactions.


What can happen if 200 passionate product people come together to spend the day?


If you waited until the last 36 hours to register, you will probably not have a name tag waiting – so what, get checked in and be patient with volunteers who have been working on the 3 day event all weekend and for weeks in preparation, meetings, stand ups and 12 hour days the past week. Thank them for their commitment to creating a day for product people to spend together!


Plan to participate actively, be agile, flexible and responsive – we don’t know what will happen – its up to you to make it a great experience! The volunteers and producers have worked hard to create this opportunity for San Francisco – bring your open mind, willingness to make it work and forward the action, resourcefulness, patience and capacity for chaos – all necessary for being successful in volatile product and startup situations!


What to expect at ProductCampSF?


A unique experience not like any other ProductCamp you’ve been to. ProductCamps reflect the surrounding product community and business ecosystem. ProductCampSF is day 3 of Product Bootcamp, following Startup Product Summit SF2 comprised of 14 speakers in a full day, one track lightning talk presentations and interactions with audience. Plan to improvise and create a great experience with other product people.

ProductCampSF is an opportunity to spend a day with several hundred other members of the San Francisco product community to network, learn and share. Propose a session when you arrive and vote for afternoon sessions.


There are 4 areas with screens to project slides – and many other spaces for meeting in front of laptops for discussion groups. Not getting value from the session you’re in? Use the 2 foot rule and walk to another area to create value – start a session, demo, or talk.


Wifi may not work, projectors may die, sessions may not make it to the schedule – what do you do? Present without slides or use your laptop, have a direct discussion, listen, ask, start anew…


Doors open at 8:00 AM


LOCATION


Broadway Studios is at 435 Broadway between Kearny and Montgomery, search for “Broadway Studios” on google maps (not address – it sends you to the wrong address)


Dress comfortably.


The event is taking place up (a big set of) stairs in what we’re calling the Product Ballroom. There is a downstairs area with a separate entrance where Startup Product Academy will be housed with separate areas we’re calling Prototype Piano Lounge, Product Saloon and Product Hub areas for breakout sessions.


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TRANSPORTATION TO BROADWAY STUDIOS


Parking

There is all day parking next door for $15 (?) cash


Rides
Need a ride to the event?? We’re partnering with Uber to give attendees at Product Bootcamp events $20 off their first rides – at the click of a button, bring an on-demand driver to you for transport to the event. Bring a friend, and you’ve got both ways covered!
http://bit.ly/19CcEMC


Use the code SPBootcamp when you sign up in-app or text the code to 827 – 222 and have a driver at your location in minutes.

BART:

Montgomery St. BART Station, San Francisco, CA about 15 mins walk

1.Head north on Sansome St toward Bush St

2.Turn left onto Broadway St

Destination will be on the left

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SEEKING PRODUCT PEOPLE AND PRODUCT PEOPLE SEEKING JOBS


1. At the event, there’ll be a jobs area to post biz cards and open positions
2. During lunch, there’ll be discussion clusters – find the one about jobs if you’re seeking and offering
3. Online, check out http://jobs.startupproduct.com


Show off your passion for product excellence! Grab a tshirt at http://www.zazzle.com/startupproduct

Learn more at http://productcampsf.com

Twitter Hashtag: #PCampSF

@ProductCampSF


Thank you sponsors @ProdMgmtTalk @IterationZ @AIPMM @Sprintly @PragmaticMarketing @ProdThink @Balsamiq


Special give aways at end of day for attendees. No host cash bar after party and invitation to upstairs event at Broadway Studios following last session.


P.S.
If you missed the Startup Product Summit SF2, we captured it on film!

http://bit.ly/1b3s8Hm Summit SF1 free videos: http://bit.ly/15tF4Sy

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Elevator Pitch: Josh Elman of Greylock Partners

Elevator Pitch: Josh Elman of Greylock Partners | Startup Product | Scoop.it

Josh Elman's career looks like a veritable collect em all of hot startups: Over the past decade, the Stanford graduate been an early employee at LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Now he's a venture capitalist, having followed his friend and mentor Reid Hoffman to Greylock Partners.

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Josh Elman says, "When I graduated from college, I put this objective on my résumé: "To use technology to create products that make people's lives better." I started as an engineer 15 years ago and have been lucky to join some great founders and work on building products that I think have achieved my résumé objective at least a little bit."


Q What kinds of pitches are you looking for now?


A I look for ideas where the founders have a huge vision for how the world will look different in a few years and why their products will be at the center of that shift.


I get excited by anyone trying to build useful, simple products that can ultimately become large connected networks, marketplaces and platforms. I love new apps that you can imagine millions and millions of people using every day -- creating new daily habits or solving problems that matter to them.


I think it is important to spend as much time on a product's distribution plan as on the product itself.


...this shift to mobile, social and data-aware means there is ample opportunity for the many existing ways of currently doing things to be transformed -- and we're already starting to see that today.


We are in a new world where the best interfaces are based on touch instead of a keyboard and mouse -- and since typing isn't as fast with touch, teens are pioneering the use of pictures, stickers and new languages to quickly communicate instead.


What's even more interesting is that like everyone else, teens also care about privacy, and that is another big change for social platforms. What you'll see over the next few years is that just as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook brought us more openness and sharing, companies like Nextdoor will let you create a trusted private network for your neighborhood. Path will make sharing much more trusted and intimate with close friends. Whisper will let you share anonymously.

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Meet Josh Elman in person at Startup Product Summit SF2 on October 11 at Broadway Studios, San Francisco.  Tickets still available: http://startupproduct.com 


Agenda: agenda.startupproduct.com


Download the @StartupProduct event app http://bit.ly/18ArBf0

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Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: Mobile Apps-What happens after you launch?

Proposed @ProductCampSF Session: Mobile Apps-What happens after you launch? | Startup Product | Scoop.it
Title: Apps-What happens after you launch?

Session Leader: Aykut Karaalioglu, @aykutws Website: http://www.themobileaction.com

Format: Workshop

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According to Forrester, 63% of apps are discovered through app store searchesASO is the process of optimizing mobile apps to rank higher in an app store’s search results. The higher your app ranks in an app store’s search results, the more visible it is to potential customers. That increased visibility tends to translate into more traffic to your app’s page in the app store.


I founded Mobile Action after several years in the mobile industry, frustrated at what was missing - user acquisition experts who get results that matter. 


About Aykut Karaalioglu

Aykut Karaalioglu is the founder and CEO of Mobile Action, an mobile marketing and advertising consulting and solution company. Aykut founded serial startups in Europe and Silicon Valley. He started his first startup in 2008 in Ankara, Turkey when he was 21. His passion for creating new tools drove him to execute Marro.ws, Shoppie and Mobile Action. Aykut was named one of Future Magazine’s 10 Most Influential Turkish People in 2012. He was featured on Webrazzi “Year of Entrepreneur” and was named a Young Leader and Entrepreneur by Global Turk Awards. 

http://www.linkedin.com/in/aykutkaraalioglu


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Learn about managing products to success at Product Bootcamp San Francisco Oct 10-12!  http://bit.ly/14ZagOP

 

Oct 10: Workshop Day: competitive space & Lean startup way. http://bit.ly/14SMcaC 


Oct 11 Startup Product Summit SF2 lightning talks w/experts & practitioners. http://bit.ly/1bvsOFm

Oct 12 ProductCamp San Francisco! true community unconferencehttp://pcampsf.com

Register: http://bit.ly/14Z9QIn
Propose sessions form: http://bit.ly/187tSfW


Get the mobile app for updates & networking at Product Bootcamp SF events! http://bit.ly/1b3smyl

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Passionate about product? Join Product Bootcamp SF 2013!

Passionate about product? Join Product Bootcamp SF 2013! | Startup Product | Scoop.it
Phew, October is a big month for Product people in San Francisco!

If you've not already got tickets to Product Bootcamp be sure to grab some today. Product Bootcamp spans October 10 - 12...

StartUP Product's insight:

By Nicholas Muldoon

Reposted from Nick's site "helping small products grow bigger"

http://www.nicholasmuldoon.com/2013/09/passionate-about-product-join-product-bootcamp-sf-2013/


Phew, October is a big month for Product people in San Francisco!

If you’ve not already got tickets to Product Bootcamp be sure to grab some today. Product Bootcamp spans October 10 – 12 and includes three great day long events.

Product Bootcamp Workshops

In this session you’ve got two amazing people sharing their experience and insight into the world of product management.


Both Sean Campbell and Dan Olsen have previously presented at SF Startup Product Talks. Check out Sean Campbell on competitive intelligence and Dan Olsen on startup product management for a teaser.


Not only that you’ve got Nir Eyal on that evening at Mindjet. Nir spoke at the Agile Marketing meetup recently and he was also brilliant.

Startup Product Summit SF2

First class lineup for this event:

  • Josh Elman, ex-Twitter now partner at Greylock
  • Rich Mironov, wrote the little red book on product management
  • Teresa Torres, who writes the brilliant blog Product Talk!


Not only that you’ve got a great crew from all over the industry coming to share their experience. Can’t wait for this!

Product Camp SF

And if the workshop and summit weren’t enough you can round out the whole experience with productcamp, an unconference for product people. If you’ve never spoken publicly before this is the right place to get started, a friendly environment where people are free to vote with their feet and move to another session based on what interests them. Great fun!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets today!


--And while you're at it, get the mobile event app! 



NIck is an Agile Coach, @twitter.
Nick says, "Day to day I help teams at Twitter be Agile, whether they are Scrum, Kanban, or unique snowflakes. I am passionate about customer and product development. I love the speed and quality that Agile, DevOps and analytics deliver."

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