April 2018 Event

Posted on | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on April 2018 Event

April Event Review: “The Formula for High Performing Teams” with Christina Wodtke, Lecturer, Stanford University, and former General Manager at Zynga

By Geoff Anderson

February 2018 Event

Posted on | March 4, 2018 | Comments Off on February 2018 Event

February Event Review: “Product Manager as Future Founders” with Bob Tinker, Founder and ex-CEO, MobileIron

By Steven Xiao

Can product managers transition to being startup founders?  The answer is “it depends.”  In his inspiring talk, Bob Tinker, a humble founder who stepped down as CEO of MobileIron after ten years of leading the mobile security company from a three-man startup to a public company, revealed three critical areas through which an entrepreneur can lead a metamorphosis from survival to thrival. Read more

January 2018 Event

Posted on | February 6, 2018 | Comments Off on January 2018 Event

January Event Review: “Leading Global Innovation for International Market Success” with Dr. Karina Jensen, Founder, Global Minds Network

By Dan Galatin

Karina Jensen gave a fascinating talk on how to work effectively across languages and cultures to develop products that are successful in markets around the world.  Karina began by describing the challenges of multicultural collaboration, including differences in time zone, language and regional priorities.  Product plans that are dictated to regional organizations by headquarters are unlikely to succeed – they too often lack the correct concepts and designs that can connect with local customers.  Without effective global collaboration, planning, marketing, operational efficiency and sales execution are all likely to suffer. Read more

December 2017 Event

Posted on | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on December 2017 Event

December Event Review: “Branding for Builders” with Gibson Biddle, former Netflix/Chegg VP/CPO

By Geoff Anderson

Gibson started with a question: If you had a $50 gift certificate for either Uber or Lyft, which would you choose?  The audience clearly had a preference for Lyft, and a short discussion about the companies’ respective reputations followed.  This was an objective introduction to the concept of “brand.” Read more

November 2017 Event

Posted on | November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on November 2017 Event

November Event Review: “Three Reasons Why People Buy Your Product (and Why They Should Guide Everything You Do)” with Jamie Barnett, High Technology Leader, Adjunct Lecturer, and Pot-Stirrer.

By Steven Xiao

Persuading people to sacrifice their time, money, self-esteem or the like for another item is by no means easy, yet this is a burden of love on a product manager’s shoulders.  Over a course of an hour, Jamie Barnett introduced SVMPA members to a fundamental framework with heuristic methodology and a facilitated a role play. Read more

September 2017 Event

Posted on | October 10, 2017 | Comments Off on September 2017 Event

September Event Review: “Recruiter Panel – How do recruiters really evaluate product managers?” with Tom Brouchoud, Director of Talent Acquisition at Visa; Britt Thomas, HR Operations at Synopsis; Amanda Hippe, Recruiting Strategist of Design and Product Management at Intuit; and Pramod Shintri, Talent Acquisition Lead at Phantom

By Jackie Holland

At the Silicon Valley Product Management Association’s September event, senior recruiters from leading companies that hire professionals in product management and product marketing weighed in on some of the opportunities and challenges that face today’s product managers.  Over the course of an hour, the panelists explored the state of the hiring market, skills needed to be a product manager, the hiring process from beginning to end, steps recruiters take to help the selection of the right candidate, and the general rules and guidelines for hiring. Read more

July 2017 Event

Posted on | July 24, 2017 | Comments Off on July 2017 Event

July Event Review: “An Inside Look at the Customer Discovery and Product Development Process” with Kayla Matheus, Founder and CEO of MOTI.io

By Dan Galatin

How do you become an entrepreneur without an MBA or software development background?  Kayla Matheus addressed this and many other provocative questions at the July 12th meeting of the SVPMA. Read more

June 2017 Event

Posted on | June 23, 2017 | Comments Off on June 2017 Event

June Event Review: “Comfortable Networking Techniques That Will Make Your Career” with Theresa Lina Stevens, founder and president, Lina Group Inc.

By Geoff Anderson

The June SVPMA monthly event was about 75 minutes of an engaging presentation and discussion on the topic of networking, something that is essential to helping you grow throughout your career, and to keep you engaged.  Yet the act of “networking” brings a wide range of emotions from those who are naturals, to those who are reluctant networkers at best.  Theresa brought clarity and some common sense advice that will be useful regardless of your proclivities. Read more

May 2017 Event

Posted on | May 18, 2017 | Comments Off on May 2017 Event

May Event Review: “Product Management for the Internet of Things (IoT)” with Daniel Elizalde, Founder of TechProductManagement

By Dan Galatin

Daniel Elizalde presented a fascinating talk on what it takes to manage products for the Internet of Things at the May 3rd meeting of the SVPMA.  There is a tremendous amount of hype surrounding IoT, starting from the oft-repeated claim that by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices.  Many products have been introduced that don’t appear to be that useful, sometimes laughably so (a connected fork or a smart egg tray, anyone?).  Nevertheless, there are also many products that have significant impact on our daily lives (such as the Nest thermostat and critical infrastructure monitoring).  The number of companies involved in IoT presents a tremendous opportunity to product managers.  In 7-10 years, the majority of products will be connected. Read more

April 2017 Event

Posted on | May 2, 2017 | Comments Off on April 2017 Event

April Event Review: “Owning and Expanding Your Executive Presence” with JD Schramm, Ed.D., Class of 1978 Lecturer, Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business

By Vinesh Thakur

How do we identify a leader?  Why would we spend time and money just to hear him/her talk?  What is it that makes them different?  In the April 5th session of SVPMA, JD Schramm shed light on the effect of Executive Presence on a leader’s ability to effectively communicate to and lead people.  Executive presence is a recipe of skills that enhances the perception of an individual as a leader.  It provides a sense of confidence in a leader’s ability to make critical decisions in stressful situations.  It is what distinguishes them from the crowd and makes people stop and listen when they talk. Read more