ProductTank PDX will be back in the new year, this time hosted and sponsored by CrowdCompass! This month we have two great speakers!
Tyesha Snow, Chief Product Officer at MobileRQ
Evaluating Feature Requests: Finding harmony in the dissonant needs of everyone
Product management is a beautiful art. If you are lucky enough to hold this job you understand how complicated it can be to make the call on new feature requests. This is especially true when working on enterprise software and these requests are from customers. In this talk Tyesha will provide you with a set of questions you can use to start the evaluation process. These methods will support you in the consideration period and help you weigh the impact on your Product, the Business and your Customers.
Tyesha has spent more than a decade imagining, creating and shaping interactive experiences and software products as a user experience practitioner and product designer. She’s worked with some of the world’s largest agencies and many small and mighty creative groups to create brand affinity for Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. She is a active member of the start up community in both Portland and Boulder having created her own companies and working as an advisor and mentor for other companies and individuals. She is currently Chief Product Officer at MobileRQ and continues to consult on user experience and tech product design projects. “I’m really excited about the future of product management as the trend towards design leadership raises. The tools of a designer and methods of design thinking are bringing a new level of user-centric software products to the world. This shift is notable and I’m proud to be part of this next wave."
Andy Rosic, Director of Product at Cvent
$1 Billion on Day One - How a startup sold to Apple retail
Most people don't realize that a four person startup sold Apple their in-person payment tool. It was Thanksgiving 2009. Thousands of hardware units had been shipped out and received at almost 300 Apple retail store locations worldwide. The next day, referred to as "Black Friday", that hardware would be attached to iPads, powered up and put into service for the first time, without a pilot. Come hear about overcoming insurmountable odds, making ludicrous bets, ingenuity shored up by tenacity and audacity, and lessons learned about product scale. Everyone has ideas, some of which become products or companies. The ideas that scale win.
Andy says he has done some great things in his career, but also had some colossal failures, with some things being a combination of both. He has started three companies, and worked in mobile for 17 years since the days of two-way pagers. He is currently the Director of Product at Cvent (CrowdCompass). His Products have been through $100 million mergers, global rollouts, and massive adoption by gamers. He's also been through complete flops, the end of companies, and massive debt creation. He stays inspired by hearing others talk about their experiences, and hopes to share some of his lessons learned. Find out more about Andy at http://about.me/andyrosic.
A reminder, if you are interested in speaking, or have connections who would make great speakers, please let us know! Also, if your company is interested in hosting and/or sponsoring a future event, please send us a note.