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Product Management Events

Each and every month we deliver an exciting mix of Product Management, Coding and Data Analytics events for anyone interested in becoming a product manager, networking or those who just want to learn more about the world of tech.

Our events have featured speakers from Amazon, Spotify, Airbnb, Facebook and more.

Check out what we have lined-up for this month:

Product Management Events in September 2017

 

NEW YORK

 

Thursday, March 1st

How to Work with Engineers by Jet.com Senior Software Engineer
Speaker: Huan Huan Chen, Senior Software Engineer at Jet.com.

As a Product Manager it is important to build good relationships with everyone involved with creating a product. Huan Huan Chen will be discussing why these relationships are especially important when it comes to Engineers on the team.

 

Wednesday, March 7th

The First 90 Days as a Product Manager by DojoMojo Head of Product
Speaker: Rachel Windzberg, Head of Product for DojoMojo.

During this presentation, Rachel will be discussing the first 90 days as a new Product Manager. She’ll be talking about helpful tips to look out for during the interview process and how to make the first three months in your new position count!

 

Thursday, March 8th

Intro to Cryptocurrency & Blockchain by SelfKey Product Manager
Speaker:Terry Lin, Product Manager at SelfKey.

With the recent booms in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and ICOs, many early stages teams are finding themselves capitalized in a way never seen before and need to grow by hiring the right people. Join us for a talk and Q&A to learn what it’s like working in this new and exciting space.

 

Wednesday, March 14th

Product Management Happy Hour in New York
Host: Product School New York

If you are an aspiring Product Manager, come to chat and drink with the Product School instructors and students. Although, we teach part-time Product Management courses, we love celebrations and there’s nothing better than Happy Hours!

 

Thursday, March 15th

Challenges of Being a Company’s 1st Product Manager by Dormify PM
Speaker: Lauren Ulmer, Product Manager at Dormify.

Being the first Product Manager at a company is no small feat. When there are no other Product Managers in the company, how do you navigate the challenges of being the first Product Manager?

 

Wednesday, March 21st

How to Do Growth Product Management by DropBox Product Manager
Speaker: Willie Tran, Growth Product Manager at Dropbox.

If you’re interested in learning about what Growth really is as well as what you need to know to be a strong Growth Product Manager, this talk should answer your questions, or at least Willie will afterward.

 

Thursday, March 22nd

How to Use User Science to Your Product’s Benefit by XO Group PM
Speaker: Michael Sparks, Group Product Manager at XO Group.

Trained Product Managers can find the right fit consistently with User Science–the craft of understanding user needs and user behaviors. It’s this craft that arms Product Managers with the data to make informed decisions.

 

Wednesday, March 28th

How to Effectively Lead a Focus Group by nexTier Product Manager
Speaker: Tremis Skeete, Product Manager at NexTier Innovations.

Talking to users can be challenging or intimidating, and running a focus group is one of those tasks which most Product Managers would say is essential in getting real user insights. We’ll discuss how focus groups can truly work well for you, and how you can organize, coordinate, and effectively lead focus group sessions.

 

Thursday, March 29th

How to Be a Successful Product Manager by PlateRate Principal PM
Speaker: Garrett Lang, Principal Product Manager at PlateRate.

Garrett will describe what he thinks are the core attributes of what make someone a successful Product Manager. He will also describe a best practice agile development lifecycle that he invented called “Garrett’s modified agile.” Garrett will also touch on how Product Managers should collaborate with other functions to maximize the value they add to the organization.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

 

Thursday, March 1st

Product Management Happy Hour in San Francisco
Host: Product School  San Francisco.

If you are an aspiring Product Manager, come to chat and drink with the Product School instructors and students. Although, we teach part-time Product Management courses, we love celebrations and there’s nothing better than Happy Hours!

 

Wednesday, March 7th

How to Build Machine Learning Products by Uber Product Manager
Speaker: Devdatta Gangal, Product Manager at Uber.

Devdatta will be talking about Machine Learning (ML) and how it has gone from research and engineering to consumer products. He’ll be talking about the role of a Product Manager in building ML-powered consumer products.

 

Thursday, March 8th

Intro to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency by fmr Google Product Manager
Speaker:Chandan Lodha, former Product Manager at Google.

Come learn about how blockchains work, what they are actually useful for, and what interesting opportunities are emerging in the cryptosphere. We will review basics and delve into a few interesting applications on the finance and technology sides.

 

Wednesday, March 14th

How Important Is Startup Experience vs MBA by Google Product Manager
Speaker: Jon Morgan, Product Manager at Google.

The journey to becoming a Product Manager is often unconventional, but it becomes all you focus when you determine it is for you. We will discuss the two most common paths, MBA and startups, while also exploring alternate opportunities that have proven equally as successful.

 

Thursday, March 15th

The Distinction of Ideology in Product Management by Workday PM
Speakers: Swati Khandelwal, Product Manager at Workday.

This talk is about crossing the chasm between good intentions and success by way of clarifying subtle distinctions in the principles of product management. For example, should you listen to your customer or should you understand your customer?

 

Tuesday, March 20th

ProductCon: The Product Management Conference
Speakers: A mix of speakers from top tech companies.

Learn the best practices behind the most successful products and new trends in AI, VR, IoT or Blockchain. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with all our sponsor companies that will be interested in recruiting PMs.

 

Wednesday, March 28th

How to Build Revenue Models for Consumer Products by Yelp Group PM
Speaker: Rahul Hampole, Group Product Manager at Yelp.

During this talk, Rahul will share his insights on the right mental models to use to help you attack the problem. We will use examples from Rahul’s career and from large revenue generating products in the market to help you build a rubric.

 

Thursday, March 29th

What are ICO’s in Cryptocurrency by Google Product Manager
Speaker: Roberto Santana, Product Manager at Google.

The impact of ICOs is not limited to fundraising. “Coins” or “Tokens” issued during ICOs introduce profound changes to how companies build products, start communities, and engage users. Come to learn about the history of ICOs, latest trends in the sector, crypto-economics and what the future might hold for this innovation.

 

SILICON VALLEY

 

Thursday, March 1st

Intro to Product Management by Instagram Lead Product Manager
Speaker: Sanchan Sahai Saxena, Lead Product Manager at Instagram.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a Product Manager? What about as a Product Manager at Instagram? This is an exclusive, Q&A session to give you a chance to ask every question you’ve ever had, with Sanchan Sahai Saxena, Lead Product Manager at Instagram.

 

Wednesday, March 7th

Intro to Product Management by Product School Lead Instructor
Speaker: Fred Radford, Lead Instructor at Product School.

Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a Product Manager.

 

Thursday, March 8th

Product Management Happy Hour in Silicon Valley
Host: Product School Silicon Valley

If you are an aspiring Product Manager, come to chat and drink with the Product School instructors and students. Although, we teach part-time Product Management courses, we love celebrations and there’s nothing better than Happy Hours!

 

Wednesday, March 14th

How to Manage without Authority in Product Roles by Google PM
Speaker: Akshay Kannan, Product Manager at Google.

As a Product Manager, you don’t have the luxury of authority for forcing a team to do something. In many cases, the teams that you need to convince may not even be in your organization. This talk will touch on some techniques that you can use to turn your ideas into a reality.

 

Thursday, March 15th

How Do Search Engines Work by former eBay Product Manager
Speaker: Debankur Naskar, former Product Manager at eBay.

How do search engines find and order information? Have you ever wondered how a search engine works? In this talk, Debankur will cover the fundamentals of information retrievals and search engines.

 

Wednesday, March 21st

ProductCon: The Product Management Conference
Speakers: A mix of speakers from top tech companies.

Learn the best practices behind the most successful products and new trends in AI, VR, IoT or Blockchain. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with all our sponsor companies that will be interested in recruiting PMs. 

 

Wednesday, March 28th

Why Product Managers Should Think Like Marketers by Amazon PM
Speaker: Ashwini Lahane, Product Manager at Amazon.

Learn about transitioning into Product Manager roles and taking it a notch up by thinking like a marketer. Ashwini Lahane, Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, will be discussing the importance of marketing tactics for Product Managers.

 

Thursday, March 29th

Breaking into Product Management by former TiVo Senior PM
Speaker: Keegan Evans, former Senior Product Manager at TiVo.

Breaking into Product Management can be intimidating. Transitioning from the military to a civilian career is scary. We’ll share how leading teams of Marines prepared Keegan to be a Product Manager, where he focused to quickly fill in his own technical gaps, and why Agile is EXACTLY like being a pilot.

 

SANTA MONICA

 

Tuesday, March 6th

Product Management Happy Hour in Santa Monica
Host: Product School Santa Monica

If you are an aspiring Product Manager, come to chat and drink with the Product School instructors and students. Although, we teach part-time Product Management courses, we love celebrations and there’s nothing better than Happy Hours

 

Wednesday, March 7th

What Does Data Science Mean for Product Managers by Grindr PM
Speaker: CJ Harvey, Product Manager at Grindr.

Are you interested in forming hypotheses, testing them, and showing results with concrete metrics? Learn how CJ leads Engineers and Data Scientists to create features for a social networking app that drive engagement and deliver value to users and the business.

 

Wednesday, March 14th

Intro to A/B Testing by Spark Networks Senior Product Manager
Speaker: Alex Alwan, Senior Product Manager at Spark Networks.

Learn how to use A/B testing to figure out the best product and marketing strategies for your business. Adopt a culture of testing everything from website copy to engagement emails to Facebook ads. Learn through a real SaaS product experiment.

 

Tuesday, March 20th

How to Find Success in a Product Manager Role by GoGuardian PM
Speaker: Cody Rice, Product Manager at GoGuardian.

Learn the ins and outs from a product perspective without having to make your own mistakes. This includes building an MVP, getting a product to the market, how to hire your product team, and what NOT to do as a Product Manager.

 

Wednesday, March 21st

Product Management Happy Hour in Santa Monica
Host: Product School Santa Monica

If you are an aspiring Product Manager, come to chat and drink with the Product School instructors and students. Although, we teach part-time Product Management courses, we love celebrations and there’s nothing better than Happy Hours

 

Wednesday, March 28th

Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency by HelloSugoi CEO
Speaker: Jason Robert, CEO at HelloSugoi

Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time Blockchain and Cryptocurrency course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to have a job in Blockchain.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Tuesday, March 27th

How to Work with Teams as a Product Manager by fmr NY Magazine PM
Speaker: Morgan Cohn, former New York Magazine Product Manager

In this talk, you’ll hear about experiences driving the product cycle in various work environments and the challenges that you can encounter during the process – from disagreements to scope creep to burn out.

 

ORANGE COUNTY

 

Tuesday, March 13th

What Is Data-Driven Product Management by Vans UX Developer
Speaker: Ben Scheuer, UX Developer at Vans.

A revolution is currently underway at the intersection of data, product and business analytics. Social platforms and digital advertising have opened up incredible amounts of data that were previously unavailable along with the ability to target specific audiences with precise messaging.

 

LONDON, THE UK

 

Tuesday, March 20th

How to Build Awesome Products by HSBC Senior Product Manager
Speaker: Mariano Capezzani, Senior Product Manager at HSBC.

Mariano will go over some of the typical challenges a Product Manager faces when converting a product vision into reality. He’ll then describe his experience within HSBC and share views/ideas on how this is done in the context of a large, global, complex, transforming organization – without loss of sanity or limb.

 

AUSTIN

 

Wednesday, March 28th

How to Succeed as a Product Manager by Atlassian Principal PM
Speaker: Evan Michner, Principal Product Manager at Atlassian.

Come hear Evan Michner, Principal Product Manager at Atlassian, tell stories about how Product Managers “fall” into Product Management, and get some tips on landing your first job in one of these roles. Bring your questions!

 

SEATTLE

 

Wednesday, March 21st

What Are the Road Mapping Essentials by Capital One VP of Product
Speaker: Angela Govila, Product Management Executive at Capital One.

In this session, you will learn how to handle both of these situations and everything in between, by diving deep into the basics of how to conduct road mapping sessions. This session is based on practical learnings from running road mapping sessions with very large teams.

 

BOSTON

 

Wednesday, March 21st

How to Lead a Product Team to Success by fmr CVS Product Manager
Speaker: Aditya Raju, Product Manager at CVS.

As a Product Manager one needs to wear multiple hats and needs to lead the team to success in delivering the best products to the customer. During this presentation Aditya will be talking about how to do just that!

 

CHICAGO

 

Wednesday, March 21st

Intro to Product Management by Trunk Club Product Manager
Speaker: Matt Holihan, Product Manager at Trunk Club.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a Product Manager? What about as a Product Manager at Trunk Club? This is an exclusive, Q&A session to give you a chance to ask every question you’ve ever had, with Matt Holihan, Product Manager at Trunk Club.

 

DENVER

 

Wednesday, March 21st

What’s the Career Path to Product Management Like by fmr HSBC PM
Speaker: Ryan Feldhoff, Product Manager at HSBC.

With his experience in managing consulting, large corporate product management, start up product management and navigating the tricky positions of knowledge vs. results, Ryan hopes to add value to your career path in the world of all things product.

 

BOULDER

 

Thursday, March 22nd

The Value of Liberal Arts to Product Management by Workday PM
Speaker: Poornima Farrar, Senior Product Manager at Workday.

Drawing on various examples, Poornima will show how liberal arts and the ‘softer sciences’ can help us become better Product Managers. She’ll also draw on how they drive us to build products that solve large-scale human problems, even in the high tech industry.

 

TORONTO, CANADA

 

Wednesday, March 28th

The First 90 Days as a New Product Manager by Planswell PM
Speaker: Peter Lu, Product Manager at Planswell.

How do you ensure you’re set up for eventual success? Over the course of the night, we will have a discussion around how a new Product Manager will deal with organizational dynamics, decision debt, and common mistakes. This will look into the first 90 days as a new Product Manager.

 

FEATURED WEBINARS & SLACK AMA’S

 

Thursday, March 1st

Webinar: AI and Human-Machine Interaction by Google Product Lead
Host: Yariv Adan, Product Lead at Google.

AI is powering the next paradigm shift in Human-Machine Interaction – the Natural User Interface. In this webinar, Yariv will provide an insider perspective on this paradigm shift, and will demo and explain the technology driving it, using the Google Assistant.

 

Tuesday, March 6th

Product Management Live Chat by Home Depot Lead Product Manager
Host: Liliya McLean, Lead Product Manager at the Home Depot.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Liliya McLean, Lead Product Manager at The Home Depot.

 

Thursday, March 8th

Webinar: The Gap Between Your User and Product by LearnVest PM
Hosts: Vivek Bedi, Head Of Product at LearnVest.

Vivek Bedi recently realized the importance of evangelizing your product so much that he created a team around it called the product specialists. They spend their time learning how the users behave, use products, and pain-points they have.

 

Tuesday, March 13th

Product Management Live Chat by Home Depot Product Manager
Host: Jordan Jordan, Product Manager at the Home Depot.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Jordan Jordan, Product Manager at the Home Depot.

 

Thursday, March 15th

Webinar: The Product Manager Role by former PlayStation PM
Host: Guy Assedou, former Product Manager at PlayStation.

Many conversations and articles discuss the role of a Product Manager in an environment where the boundaries and norms between product and other functions are well established. Guy will share his take of the product role and discuss what strategies and tactics to leverage when one finds himself in such a scenario.

 

Tuesday, March 20th

Product Management Live Chat by Dick’s Sporting Goods Mobile PM
Host: Jeffrey Barrett, Product Manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Jeffrey Barrett, Mobile Product Manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods. 

 

Thursday, March 22nd

Webinar: 5 Common Product Biases by a Director of Product
Host: Jay Jump, Director of Product

What are the most common “traps” that Product Managers fall into and how do you avoid them? In this webinar, Jay Jump will share some of the most common traps that Product Managers encounter and how to develop awareness of them. He will also discuss strategies for mitigating these biases.

 

Tuesday, March 27th

Product Management Live Chat by Home Depot Sr. Product Manager
Host: Justin Dilley, Senior Product Manager at the Home Depot.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Justin Dilley, Senior Product Manager at Home Depot.  

 

Thursday, March 29th

Webinar: How to Crack the PM Interview by former Facebook PM
Host: Valentine Aseyo, former Product Manager at Facebook.

Interviewing for a Product Manager position is never a piece of cake. It takes experience, spectacular communication skills, and extensive prep. In this session, you’ll hear about the golden rules of interviewing that will help you score your dream job.

 

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