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Introduction to Product Management at Startup Product Boston meetup
by Bruce McCarthy, Chief Product Person at UpUp Labs

My friend and fellow product person, Shobhit Chugh, has created a Boston-area meetup called Startup Product Talks.

The charter reads:

“Startup Product welcomes everyone passionate about product excellence, regardless of title, industry, or stage of growth, to come together to share, learn and talk about what it really takes to produce products that people love and how to build sustainable businesses and revenue streams based on product excellence.”

Having admired Cindy F. Solomon‘s work with Global Product Management Talk and Startup Product Talks in San Francisco, Shobhit worked with Cindy to provide something similar to Boston-area product people. He’d seen a talk I did at ProductCamp Boston and asked me if I would be the first speaker for his new group.

He felt there was a need in the vibrant startup scene of Boston and Cambridge for information on how good product management works and what it can accomplish. It turns out he was right. As of this writing, the group has 129 members and our first event brought in 20.

We had a great session last Thursday at Venture Cafe in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. The topic was Introduction to Product Management. 20 members attended and we had a lively (and slightly irreverent) discussion of the product management profession, how it works in the real world, and how to break into it. 

BTW, I want to give a shout-out to Venture Cafe in Kendall Square, who donated the space for this event, and to Andrew Singleton in particular. He expertly facilitated set up and got me a beer after the session when it really hit the spot. Thanks, Andrew!

About Bruce McCarthy
Bruce has founded three companies and has led teams in organizations ranging from startups to market leaders such as Art Technology Group, Oracle and D&B. His executive-level positions include, most recently, VP of Product at NetProspex. Along the way, he has demonstrated his leadership in areas ranging from marketing to acquisitions (on both sides of the table) to product management and development.

A dedicated evangelist for better products and product management, Bruce founded UpUp Labs in 2012. Through it, he offers consulting services and applies his expertise to building innovative tools like Reqqs, the forthcoming smart roadmap tool for product people. Follow Bruce on twitter @d8a_driven Read Bruce’s blog

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