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

Rich Mironov, Seasoned Product Executive, Start-up Entrepreneur, Author, Technologist, And Founder Of Product Camp Silicon Valley

Rich Mironov, Seasoned Product Executive, Start-up Entrepreneur, Author, Technologist, And Founder Of Product Camp Silicon Valley

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

By Rich Mironov

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

 

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About Rich Mironov

Rich Mironov is a serial entrepreneur, including as founder/CEO, VP Product Management and VP Marketing for start-ups, as well as go-to-market strategist and agile “product guy”.  Rich is a veteran of six tech start-ups and dozens of consulting engagements.  Since 2006, he’s provided full-time and interim consulting/mentoring to large and small technology companies.

Product Bytes is his long-running series on software, start-ups, product strategies, Silicon Valley, and the inner life of product managers.  It predates the first blogs, and goes out in newsletter format as well as social media.  Rich’s 2008 book, “The Art of Product Management” captures the best of Product Bytes from 2001 to 2008, and represents the scrappy entrepreneur in all of us.  (print|Kindle|iPad)

Rich has guest lectured at business schools and executive education programs around the world, served on the board of SVPMA, and chaired the first product manager/ product owner tracks (2008, 2009) at the Agile Alliance’s annual conference. He is an in-demand speaker for business, executive and technical audiences.

Rich founded the first P-Camp, now spreading around the country as Product Camps.  These semi-unstructured get-togethers provide product managers an opportunity to network, teach, learn and share.

Rich earned his software stripes writing COBOL at HP, then spent six years at Tandem Computers, where he launched the company’s first TCP/IP stack. At Sybase, he oversaw database connectivity to more than 40 operating systems, and shipped the first commercial solution for dynamic linking of web pages with databases (web.sql).

He was the first “product guy” at four networking-related start-ups, including iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) and AirMagnet (acquired by Fluke Networks). Later, he was CMO of Enthiosys, an agile product management consultancy.  In 2010-11, he was co-founder/CEO of Suddenly Social, a social game infrastructure start-up.

Since 2001, Rich also has been an interim executive, consultant or adviser to dozens of early-stage companies and larger technology firms including Yahoo, Cisco, WhiteHat Security, Varian and VeriSign.

Rich has a BS Physics from Yale with a thesis on dinosaur extinction theories, and an MBA from Stanford.

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