Top 25 product people in 2018

Product School has selected the 25 most influential product leaders responsible for building or helping others build digital products loved by millions of people

Andrew Chen

Best Product Essays

Best Product Essays

Andrew Chen

Investor at Andreessen Horowitz
Andrew is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he focused on consumer and bottoms up SaaS. Previously, he led growth teams at Uber while advising and investing in startups in the Bay Area. His work has been featured and quoted in The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, and WSJ.

April Underwood

Best Product Executive

Best Product Executive

April Underwood

Chief Product Officer at Slack
April Underwood is the Chief Product Officer at Slack. Before joining Slack, she held positions at Twitter, Google, and WeatherBill. She is a co-founder of #Angels, an investment group.

Ashok Bania

Best Product Instructor

Best Product Instructor

Ashok Bania

Director Product Management, Headspace (ex-Spotify)
Ashok is the Director of Product Management at Headspace. He has over 12 years of experience in Product Management encompassing - Voice/Smart Speaker Products (Google Assistant and Alexa), Wearables, Machine Learning, and more.

Brianne Kimmel

Best Product Angel Investor

Best Product Angel Investor

Brianne Kimmel

Investor & Startup Advisor
Brianne is an early stage investor who loves software and technology that improves the way people live and work. She also helps companies with self-serve revenue, monetization and go-to-market strategy.

Dan Olsen

Best Product Speaker

Best Product Speaker

Dan Olsen

Product Management & Lean Startup Consultant
Dan Olsen is the author of The Lean Product Playbook. An entrepreneur, consultant, author, speaker, he works with CEOs and product leaders to help them build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product.

Deb Liu

Best Product Non-profit

Best Product Non-profit

Deb Liu

Facebook Vice President, Marketplace
Deborah Liu has 15 years of experience leading teams of product managers and engineers, delivering high quality and innovative features for consumers at successful companies such as Facebook, PayPal and eBay.

Ellen Pao

Best Diversity Project

Best Diversity Project

Ellen Pao

Co-Founder and CEO of Project Include. Author of Reset. Angel investor.
Ellen K. Pao is a tech investor and advocate, the former CEO of reddit, and a cofounder of the award-winning diversity and inclusion nonprofit Project Include. She has earned an electrical engineering degree from Princeton and law and business degrees from Harvard.

Eric S. Yuan

Best Product CEO

Best Product CEO

Eric S. Yuan

Founder & CEO @ Zoom
Eric is the founder and CEO of the popular online video conferencing platform Zoom, which unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room into one platform. Previously, he worked as VP of engineering at Cisco.

Gibson Biddle

Best Product Advisor

Best Product Advisor

Gibson Biddle

Speaker, Advisor, and Teacher. Former VP/CPO at Netflix/Chegg
Gibson has experienced product as VP of Product at Netflix, Chief Product Officer at Chegg, SVP Product at The Learning Company, and a Producer at Electronic Arts. He speaks, advises, and hosts product leadership talks & workshops worldwide.

Ha Nguyen

Best Product Non-profit

Best Product Non-profit

Ha Nguyen

Product Partner at Spero Ventures
Ha is a founding Partner of Spero Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. Ha invests in early stage, purpose-driven startups that have the potential to reach venture scale. She also advises portfolio CEOs and product leaders on design-thinking, organisation design, and product strategy.

Helen Sims

Best Product Instructor

Best Product Instructor

Helen Sims

Product Manager at Airbnb
Helen is a Product Manager at Airbnb. She graduated from The John Hopkins University and is currently teaching Product Management at Product School.

Hunter Walk

Best Product VC

Best Product VC

Hunter Walk

Partner at Homebrew VC (fmr YouTube, Google, Second Life product lead)
Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew, a Seed stage venture fund serving founders who enable individuals and small businesses to think big. Hunter previously led consumer product management at YouTube, having worked at Google since 2003.

Jackie Bavaro

Best Product Coach

Best Product Coach

Jackie Bavaro

Head of PM at Asana
Jackie is the co-author of Cracking the PM Interview - considered a must read for Product Managers at the start of their careers. As the Head of Product Manager at Asana, she helps make it easy for any team to plan, manage, track, and complete their projects.

Jesse Owens

Best Product Instructor

Best Product Instructor

Jesse Owens

Director of Product at Mastercard
Jesse E. Owens is a technology product leader with experience spanning across multiple industries including FinTech, Education, and Military Defense. Currently, he's a Director of Product at MasterCard building innovative Consumer and API payment products globally.

Joel Palathinkal

Best Product Instructor

Best Product Instructor

Joel Palathinkal

Head of Product at LearnVest
Joel serves as Venture Partner at Hemi Ventures. He focuses on building network with the innovative startups on AI application in massive industry. Prior to joining Hemi, he was the Head of Product Development at FactSet, Sr. Program Director at NBC and Product Manager at Hearst and CBS. Joel holds Ph.D. in software modeling and simulation from University of Central Florida.

John Cutler

Best Product Evangelist

Best Product Evangelist

John Cutler

Product Evangelist at Amplitude
John is a multiple hat-wearer and product development nut at Amplitude. He loves wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qual/quant data.

Josh Elman

Best Product Career

Best Product Career

Josh Elman

VP @ Robinhood, Venture Partner at Greylock
Josh is VP of Product at fintech Robinhood. He has worked on Twitter, Facebook Connect, Zazzle, LinkedIn, RealPlayer. He is Partner at Greylock and member of the Boards of Medium, Discord, Houseparty and Mammoth.

Josh Fechter

Best Product Marketer

Best Product Marketer

Josh Fechter

Co-Founder at BAMF Media
Co-founder of BAMF Media, former Head of Growth for 22Social, UpOut, and GrowthX. Josh leads one of the most active communities online for marketers and founders.

Julie Zhuo

Best Product Designer

Best Product Designer

Julie Zhuo

VP, Product Design at Facebook
Julie has 12 years experience working at Facebook. She’s the current VP of Product Design at Facebook where she’s had direct hand in crafting the content of your Newsfeed, the ways you Like and React to posts, and much more.

Ken Norton

Best Product Newsletter

Best Product Newsletter

Ken Norton

Partner at Google Ventures
Ken is a partner at GV, the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. He has worked with hundreds of GV’s portfolio companies like Uber, Nest, Slack, Stripe, Gusto, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health. Prior to moving over to GV, Ken was a group PM at Google.

Nir Eyal

Best Product Book

Best Product Book

Nir Eyal

Bestselling Author of ``Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products``
Nir writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, tech, and business. Greatly known as the author of ‘Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products’. He’s also an active investor in habit-forming technologies.

Reid Hoffman

Best Product Podcast

Best Product Podcast

Reid Hoffman

Founder of Linkedin, Partner at Greylock and Host of Masters of Scale
Reid is Co-founder of LinkedIn and Investor at Greylock. He’ s on product development, innovation, business strategy, and finance, but includes general management, operations, business operations, business development, talent management, and marketing.

Ryan Hoover

Best Product Website

Best Product Website

Ryan Hoover

Founder of Product Hunt
Passionate about startups, product design, and personal growth. Ryan is the Founder of Product Hunt (YC S14), created Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven.

Saurabh Verma

Best Product Instructor

Best Product Instructor

Saurabh Verma

Product Lead @ Spotify
Saurabh has 12 years of experience leading teams to deliver world class software products in the music, fintech, e-commerce, social media, and travel industries. He is Product Lead at Spotify and with his team they enable product partnerships and build the Spotify experience on new and emerging platforms (e.g Oculus, Tesla).

Teresa Torres

Best Product Blog

Best Product Blog

Teresa Torres

Product Discovery Coach
Teresa helps digital product teams adopt continuous product discovery practices. She is Product Discovery Coach at ProductTalk.org.

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The Proddys celebrate the best products of 2018

The Proddys recognize innovators and innovations. Given to Product Managers, visionaries, designers, creators and coders across the tech space, these awards are the industry’s way of saying thank you.