Product Management Executive; Product Camp Founder; Author, Art of Product Management
I’m a serial entrepreneur (including founder/CEO, VP Product Management and VP Marketing for start-ups), go-to-market strategist and agile “product guy”. With six tech start-ups and dozens of consulting engagements behind me, I’m passionate about understanding what B2B market want – and what they will spend money on. Currently, I’m consulting to large and small technology companies – mostly around product strategy and how to extract real revenue from software; agile transformations for product organizations; and mentoring very young start-ups.
Partner, Greylock Partners
Josh is a Partner at Greylock where he works with investments in Nextdoor, CreativeLive, Path, and Whosay. Prior to Greylock, Josh was a product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, and helped Twitter grow it’s active user base by nearly 10x.
Before Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Earlier in his career, Josh led product management for Zazzle, was part of the early team at LinkedIn focused on growth and jobs, and led product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks.
Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
Partner, Google Ventures
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.
Interim VP of Product Management, Product Management Consultant at Olsen Solutions
Dan Olsen is an entrepreneur and product expert. He started his high-tech career managing submarine design and then worked at Intuit where he led product management for Quicken. Dan also led product management at Friendster. He was CEO and cofounder of YourVersion, a personalized news discovery engine startup that won the People’s Choice Award at TechCrunch50. Dan currently consults to companies, usually as interim VP of Product for early stage startups. His prior clients include Facebook, Box, YouSendIt, Chartboost, Epocrates, Ness, VideoGenie, and One Medical Group. Dan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Stanford.
Director of Product at GigaOM
Ian works the spaces in between. With experience in Product, Sales, and Corporate Development in the Finance, Media and Technology industries, he connect the dots from a unique perspective. Ian has worked in Japan, US East & West coasts, and most recently, Finland. He has worked in both large corporations and small startups. Ian works best with small teams building and improving solutions for our customers. He derives happiness from shipping products early and often.
Vice President of Products, AfterCollege
Teresa is 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.
Vice President, Developer Platform at Mashery
Delyn Simons heads up developer outreach at Mashery, where she and her merry band of evangelists engage directly with Mashery’s growing network of 216,000 API key-wielding developers. Mashery’s API ecosystem also includes 175 businesses looking to partner with developers inside and outside the walls of their companies, including BBC, Comcast, ESPN, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Aetna, and USA TODAY. Mashery offers API management, services and strategy for companies that are transforming their products into platforms. Prior to Mashery, Delyn worked at eBay, CMP Media and The Well. She is addicted to Bikram yoga and SF food trucks.
Lean Startup Coach, Luxr.co
Tristan Kromer pokes, prods, and questions startups. He’s spent 10 years in the music industry, worked 5 years in IT security, lived in 5 different countries, studied philosophy and business (separately), and generally made a nuisance of himself for the past 3 years in Silicon Valley as a lean startup advocate.Tristan currently coaches startups and larger enterprises on implementing lean startup practices.
Head of Products, Crowdflower
Tatiana leads a team of Product Managers at CrowdFlower with a singular goal – building the world’s best crowdsourcing platform. Before joining CrowdFlower, initially as a Product Manager, Tatiana founded and ran a mobile app company with hundreds of thousands of users, and led Marketing and User Experience at DonorsChoose.org. Born and raised in Canada, Tatiana graduated from Princeton University with a focus on public policy.
General Manager, Cloud City Development
Stephanie Geerlings has grown companies from $3k-3M+ and teams from 3-50. She’s built software, hardware, large steel machine sculptures, and has done 3-D, print, and web design and branding for Fortune 500s. Because of her background on various quickly moving projects she used to claim that the startup life was the easiest she’s ever experienced. “Just working for one company—that’s nice.” Her values are core to how she works. She’s overly honest, cares about intention, and believes in people. “Our work is to solve problems. Problems get solved—by thinking it through and applying best practices in a flexible way. Not all clients requirements are the same. We design and engineer the solution.”
CEO & Co-Founder, ProdThink
My personal motto is: I try hard to be a good Father, Husband and Entrepreneur. ProdThink is my 3rd startup. I sold my first two to LivingSocial and TripAdvisor. I have had prior roles at DoubleClick, Quantcast, IBM and Merrill Lynch. I have an MBA from Harvard and an undergrad degree from George Washington. I have two high-energy boys (5 and 2 year old) and a very supportive wife.
CEO & Founder, Rev.com
Prior to starting Rev, Jason was the 3rd employee at oDesk. Jason was also an investment professional with H.I.G. Capital and an associate with Globespan Capital Partners. Earlier in his career, he was a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. Jason earned BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Product Manager, Yammer
Jason Shah is a Product Manager at Yammer, where he focuses on building out new features for the leading enterprise social network that was acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2b. Shah is also the founder of HeatData, a mobile analytics tool for seeing how customers interact with your websites and apps which was a winner at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012.
Prior to Yammer and HeatData, Jason founded INeedAPencil.com, which provides free online education tools to students from low-income families. After growing INeedAPencil.com to more than 50,000 users with an average score increase of 202 points, Jason sold INeedAPencil.com to CK12 in 2011.
Shah’s work has been featured in media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, People Magazine, Forbes, TechCrunch, and many others. Jason holds an AB with honors from Harvard College with degrees in sociology and computer science.
Head of Product Management, ClearStreet, Inc.
Kristy Kocher is currently Head of Product Management at ClearStreet. Kristy Kocher is an experienced Product Manager who enjoys the challenges of developing quality software products. Kristy has over 25 years of experience in the software industry in Silicon Valley, working with companies such as Electronic Arts, NetSchools, Oracle, Adecco, Informix and IntelliCorp. Her previous work includes the implementation and management of complex enterprise software solutions for large corporations, as well as leading efforts at startups to develop educational software for educators and consumers. Kristy earned her M.S. (Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering) from Stanford University, and earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Wellesley College and did undergraduate work at MIT.
Co-Founder, Cascade Insights
Sean’s competitive intelligence knowledge is rooted in nearly 20 years of working with leading-edge hardware and software technologies long before they became mainstream. As a recognized thought leader in the competitive intelligence community, Sean is regularly requested to speak at national events on competitive intelligence and industry analysis. He received the Catalyst Award from SCIP and co-chaired the Oregon SCIP chapter. Additionally, Sean is a contributing assistant professor at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, where he teaches industry analysis and competitive intelligence.