Aaron is the CEO and Co-Founder of Taplytics, a Y-Combinator backed platform that helps brands build delightful, engaging experiences that span seamlessly across web, TV and mobile apps. Before Taplytics, he was a strategy consultant at ZS Associates and a management consultant at Accenture. He holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Adam Bullied is a product manager that has worked in eight startups in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, managing 15 different products. Now a part of RBC Ventures, he’s helping create next-generation products for Canadians, his passion is for the production process and creating value.
Adrienne is a Product Design Manager at Pendo. She has 12+ years of design experience and fell in love with creating delightful experiences that solve customer pain points and meet business needs. Adrienne has worked at Red Hat and Citrix. She has a passion for traveling with her young daughter and husband and drinking too much cold brew.
Agnes is a Product Marketing Manager at Pendo. She is a technology marketer with 10 years of experience working with software companies, venture capital firms, and innovation agencies. Agnes has worked at MOO, Vantiv (now Worldpay), Savannah Fund and World Wide Creative. She has a passion for compelling storytelling, international travel, skiing (poorly) and the Rocky Mountains.
Allan is a Product Manager by day and a Podcaster by night. His passions include podcasting, mentoring and cycling. You can find his podcast "Product-Centric" on Apple Podcasts and on the web at www.productcentric.network. Allan lives in the Toronto area with his wife Jeanne, pug Gloria, and cat Billy.
Anastasia Yaskevich is an enterprise mobility researcher at ScienceSoft, an IT consulting company headquartered in McKinney, Texas. She started out in IT with research on cloud computing and UI/UX in 2013 and now writes on the latest trends in augmented reality and mobile app development. Her knowledge and understanding of various industries allow her to cover the topics from both technology and business perspectives.
Annie Dunham is the Director of Product Management at ProductPlan. She has worked with product and engineering teams for the last 15 years to bring technology products to market. Prior to ProductPlan, she worked with teams at Elite Meetings, LogicMonitor, BlueCasa Communications and Microsoft. When she’s not pursuing customer insights or researching the latest on PM methodologies she can be found enjoying herself on a kite or snowboard.
Ashley is a product leader dedicated to building usable, useful, beautiful products. She is a startup veteran with experience growing teams and companies from 10s to 100s of millions of dollars. Ashley currently leads product at Discuss.io, a B2B video conferencing and insights platform for online market research interviews. Ashley is passionate about her two feisty boys, the Pacific Northwest, female empowerment, and almond milk lattes.
Avinoam Zelenko is the proud father of 2 children: a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. He’s been a PM for over 10 years now, having worked in the B2B SaaS sector focused on user engagement, data, and analytics. He’s built intelligent enterprise chat products at LivePerson, enterprise in-page analytics products at ClickTale, algorithmic repricing products at Feedvisor, and now works on team collaboration products at Atlassian on the Confluence team.
For over 15 years, Cliff Gilley has been a product manager and Agile coach at a wide variety of companies across many different industries and is currently working as a Technical Product Manager for the K2 corporation in Bellevue, Washington. He also blogs regularly as the Clever PM and is an active board member with the Pacific Northwest Product Management Community.
Derek Jamieson is the Director of Product at Naranga, where he’s responsible for innovating and expanding a suite of solutions for the franchising space. Before joining Naranga, Derek held various positions at a number of consumer-facing companies. He loves music, running, and crushing his colleagues in ping pong.
Emily Baumgartner is a product researcher at Innovatemap, a digital product agency in Indianapolis. She gathers and translates user needs by strategizing and executing research to enable product and business goals. She has managed both B2B and B2C products across a variety of industries such as SaaS, healthcare, and EdTech. Her background in communication and human-computer interaction design helps her truly understand the user experience and champion the design of strategic, useful products.
Eric Boduch is the Chief Evangelist for Pendo. Previously, he served as the CEO of Brainstorm SMS Technologies LLC (dba SMaSh, Inc.) and was the co-founder and CEO of several other companies. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science from The School of Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a graduate of its Executive Management Program.
Grace is a social marketing manager at Pendo. She recently moved from one highly-populated tree town, Ann Arbor, to another, Raleigh, after completing her B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan. She enjoys writing, hiking, and snuggling with her blind mutt, Pip.
Holly Kennedy heads up product at 15Five and brings more than a decade of design experience to the team. She was formerly a design consultant working remotely with early-stage startups to validate and launch their MVP products. When not buried deep in 15Five’s roadmap, Holly is busy renovating her home just outside Amsterdam, raising her 4-month-old daughter and feeding her travel bug.
Hubert is the founder and CEO of productboard, the leading product excellence system, helping product teams get the right products to market faster. Prior to productboard, Hubert was the Vice President of Product Management at GoodData. He lives with his wife Jenna and their baby boy Hubert V. in Oakland, CA.
Ivo is the head of product at OTA Insight, which empowers the largest hotel chains in the world to optimize their pricing strategies. Ivo launched his career by founding SocialExpress, a social media analytics startup, in his dorm room. Three years later, the company was acquired by Bynder, one of the hottest software companies in Amsterdam. In 2013, Ivo was named in the "5 Best Entrepreneurs Under 25" in The Netherlands by Sprout Magazine.
Jaclyn is the Head of Hugging at FullStory, where she has worked to build a cross-functional team committed to enhancing customer experience. With a history in both Customer Success and Product Management, her passion is building systems that blend these customer-facing disciplines so that the resulting product has no choice but to be excellent and delightful. A nomad from early days, she now happily calls Atlanta home and enjoys exploring the many delicious brews and eats the city has to offer.
Jake Sorofman is CMO of Pendo. Most recently, he spent five years as a VP and Chief of Research at Gartner, Inc., before returning to his startup roots. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CMO.com and other business and industry publications.
Jason Westigard is based in Austin, Texas and has worked in the product management field for last 15 years. He is a graduate of Stanford's Education and Engineering departments and works as the Sr. Director of Product Management for Spredfast, a company that provides social media management software and services.
Julie has been a Product Manager at Pendo since 2016. Formerly a data analyst and management consultant, she has found her passion in crafting products which enable others do their jobs better. A New Yorker at heart, she now lives with her husband in Seattle where she can pursue her favorite hobbies of cooking, hiking, and skiing, among others.
Kirsten Butzow is a Pragmatic Marketing instructor with more than 20 years of product management and marketing experience in the education technology and telecommunications industries. Kirsten is a highly sought-after speaker for industry events and has presented several keynote addresses, including at the INDUSTRY and Business of Software conferences. She has held positions as vice president of product management and marketing with Global 500 companies, including Fujitsu, Pearson, and Blackboard.
Laura Baverman is the director of communications at Pendo. She spent a decade in business journalism, writing for publications like USA Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer, News & Observer and American City Business Journals. Prior to Pendo, she served as editor of ExitEvent, an online publication covering startups across North Carolina. A Cincinnati native and Raleigh resident, Laura is learning to love the South.
Maria is responsible for Insightly’s product management, design, and UX functions leading product from strategy to execution. Before Insightly, she built and shipped products and services to millions of users at Intuit and Microsoft. Maria holds a Masters degree from the State University of Saint Petersburg, an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and a Product Management Executive certification from Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Mary-Sara Camerino is the chief operating officer of GrowPath. With a strong background in high-tech product vision and marketing, operational strategy, project management, and workforce planning, Mary-Sara has deep expertise helping both start-up and established organizations grow, develop, and launch successful products.
Matt is a Senior Product Manager at Emma, where he has worked for the past 11 years. In that time, he's helped Emma grow from a 20-person startup to a major player in the email service provider market. He believes product management is at its best when it is focused on customer problems rather than solutions. Matt lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and daughter. He loves craft beer, UNC basketball and the Coen Brothers.
Michael Peach is the Head of Product Marketing for Pendo where he leads messaging, positioning, and launch activities for Pendo’s product experience platform. Prior to joining Pendo, Mike was a program director at IBM and has also held product management and business development roles in several small and early-stage technology companies.
Mike has led product at Weave for the past four years. Most recently he headed up engineering and product for Vivint's wireless internet offering. He is a father of four, avid cyclist, engineer, author and problem solver. He is passionate about creating products customers love. Mike has a BS in mechanical engineering from BYU and an MBA from the University of Utah.
Niamh is a product manager at Voxpopme, a video insight platform and one of the UK's most successful startups. In the last five years, Niamh has worked internationally at Voxpopme to grow the company, processes, and platform. Most recently, she's worked to leverage IBM Watson to bring automated sentiment analysis to video data, facilitating instantaneously available and scalable understanding of qualitative research.
Ohad is a product management and growth enthusiastic, who currently serves as a Director of Product at SimilarWeb. Ohad is also a Product Management course leader at Elevation Academy and an early-stage startup advisor. He lives in Tel-Aviv and is raising four dogs.
Patrick Tickle is the CPO at Planview, where he leads the products team, encompassing strategy, product management, product development, and cloud operations. Prior to Planview, Patrick spent 15 years in Silicon Valley at MIPS Computer Systems, Silicon Graphics, and early-stage start-ups ITM Software and Terraspring. He has a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.
Remko Vermeulen is VP of Product at Telefónica Alpha, Telefónica's disruptive innovation/moonshot factory, where he focuses on improving health. He is passionate about creating new companies, products and services integrating the best of scientific research, user insights, design and development to get the best products and services with cross-disciplinary teams using lean startup, service design, and design thinking. Remko is the local founder of IxDA (Interaction design association), mentor at Elisava design school and (former) Healthbox London, Wayra, Startup Bootcamp and Fintech startup accelerators. Besides work, Remko is passionate about sailing, kitesurfing and golden dwarfs.
Rene Kolga is a senior director of product at Nyotron. He has more than 20 years of industry experience, with expertise in endpoint protection, backup, insider threat, encryption and systems management. Rene has run product teams Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Symantec, Citrix, Altiris, and ThinAir. Rene earned his Computer Science degree from Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia and an MBA from the University of Utah.
René is a Product Strategist for Agile Transformation, a growing SaaS start-up. He is a is self-professed product geek, Agilist, developer, blogger, and thinker. He is passionate about creating high-quality products users love. His background includes roles in development, consulting, project management and enterprise agility, most recently at Cox Automotive.
Richard is an Offering (Product) Manager at IBM based in Raleigh, NC, and veteran Marine. The above article represents his personal thoughts (with generous feedback from many friends) and does not necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions, nor those of the US Marine Corps or government of the United States. He also writes about Product Management and the Art of War at https://www.theartofproductwar.com/
Rob Barkman is the co-founder of ProductHQ, a product management platform. His career has spanned multiple roles within the consulting industry, supporting clients from financial services to government. Rob has advised clients in product development, project management, and process engineering. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the Mason School of Business at William & Mary.
Russell Olsen joined Phoenix-based WebPT as Vice President of Innovation and Product Management in 2017. He leads category design, product management, user experience, and product discovery, and applies disruptive innovation approaches to accelerate growth while solving customer and market problems. Prior to WebPT, Russell led product teams at Phytel, Truven Health Analytics, and IBM Watson Health. Russell brings with him deep experience in healthcare and growth companies and has delivered innovations impacting millions of lives over the course of his 15-year career.
Ryan Goldman is VP of product marketing at Pendo. He previously led teams at Cloudera, SignalFx, and Sentry, and was named a top 50 product marketer by Kapost. A lifelong music obsessive, Ryan was a staff writer at Pitchfork and the founder of the International Mixtape Project.
Sam is the VP of product strategy at Zendesk, where he helps to craft the company’s long-term product and platform strategy, and oversees cross-product portfolio including developer platform, shared services, and pricing & packaging. Sam has been at Zendesk for 6 years in a variety of leadership roles across product and go-to-market. Sam has spent the last 15 years guiding innovative technologies to market in startups and big companies alike, through product leadership positions at GoodData, Cisco, AT&T, and Microsoft.
Shaun is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at ProductPlan, where he helps product teams around the world build better roadmaps. Before ProductPlan, he spent seven years as a product marketer at tech companies in Santa Barbara and Vancouver. A book nerd at heart, Shaun earned his BA in English Literature from the University of London.
Sriram Parthasarathy is the chief product owner of the predictive analytics platform at Logi Analytics. He works with customers to embed predictive insights directly into the applications business users utilize on a daily basis. Sriram has over 20 years of experience in designing enterprise and OEM analytical products. Prior to Logi Analytics, Sriram was with MicroStrategy for 15 years, where, as an early employee, he was integral to building and launching several product/modules. As a practicing data scientist, Sriram is passionate about making it easy for business users to predict what is going to happen and take preventive actions. In his free time, Sriram coaches kids for competitive math and science competitions.
Dr. Suja Thomas is a data scientist at Pendo. She has over 7 years of experience analyzing large, complex business and customer behavior data. Suja utilizes her expertise in statistical and mathematical modeling and predictive analytics to help Pendo achieve growth goals and develop a better product.
Winston is a product manager at productboard, the product management solution that helps product teams understand what their users need, prioritize what to build next, and earn buy-in for their roadmap. His previous work spans cloud data analytics and education.
Yana Welinder is Head of Product at IFTTT, where she’s working to help everyone unlock magical experiences by connecting different products and services. She’s also a co-lead of Women in Product San Francisco. In previous roles, she worked on disrupting manufacturing with digital production at Carbon and tackled knowledge creation on Wikipedia. Yana graduated from Harvard, London School of Economics, and USC. She grew up in Sweden and has lived and worked in Dublin, London, L.A., Boston, and San Diego, before settling down in quirky San Francisco.