SPEAKERS

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Bob Moesta

President & CEO of the Re-Wired Group | Detroit, MI

Entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders alike recognize the importance of innovation, but few harness it effectively. Bob Moesta helps make it more predictable and successful. Among the principal architects of the Jobs to be Done theory in the mid-90s along with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, Moesta has continued to develop, advance and apply the innovation framework to everyday business challenges.

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Jason Fried

Co-Founder & CEO, Basecamp | Chicago, IL

Widely considered to be a pioneer in building products that people will love (and pay for), it’s a thrill to welcome Jason Fried to INDUSTRY. For the past 18 years he has led Basecamp, a hugely popular project management web app, as its Co-Founder and CEO. During this time he has also shared thoughtful perspectives on how to build a company, listen to your customers and create products that matter through the blog Signal vs. Noise and in books like Rework, and Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application.

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Ty Ahmad-Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, THX Ltd. | San Francisco, CA

Ty Ahmad-Taylor’s career has been dedicated to creating deeply engaging experiences for viewers across various media platforms. His background includes more than 27 years in information design with over 18 years in interactive television platforms. Ty is a successful entrepreneur and business leader having led or founded several start-ups, the latest of which was acquired by Samsung Electronics in 2012. He became Vice President of Smart TV Services at Samsung where he led the teams that created interactive television applications and OTT products for the world’s largest TV and smartphone manufacturer.

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Melissa Perri

CEO of Produx Labs & Product Institute | New York, NY

Working alongside teams around the world, Melissa helps Product Managers create strategies and frameworks that satisfy users and drive business goals. She coaches Product Managers to answer two important questions – “Should we build this?” and “Why?”. In early 2017 she started Product Institute, an online school to help bring high quality education and mentorship to Product Managers around the world. She is currently writing, “Escaping The Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Custom Value” with O’Reilly Media.

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Megan Quinn

General Partner, Spark Capital | San Francisco, CA

At Spark Growth Capital, Megan specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Previously, Megan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early stage and growth consumer investments. Megan also held product roles at both Square (as Director of Products) and Google, overseeing the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps.

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Dan Olsen

PM Consultant & Author, The Lean Product Playbook | Menlo Park, CA

Dan Olsen is a product management expert and author of The Lean Product Playbook. Based in Silicon Valley, Dan helps CEOs and product leaders build better products and stronger product teams as a hands-on consultant, trainer, and coach.  His clients include Facebook, Box, and UserTesting. Prior to consulting, Dan held leadership roles at several startups and at Intuit.

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Brian Smith

VP Marketing, UserTesting | San Francisco, CA

Brian is a data driven entrepreneur and marketer who has over 20 years of experience growing both B2C and B2B organizations. Prior to joining UserTesting, he led enterprise marketing at Lynda.com, which was purchased by LinkedIn for $1.5 billion.

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Pete Koomen

Co-Founder & CTO, Optimizely | San Francisco, CA

Pete is the co-founder and President of Optimizely. After earning his MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pete joined Google as a product manager where he helped launch and grow Google App Engine. In between mountain climbing adventures, Pete runs product and design at Optimizely.

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Kintan Brahmbhatt

Director of Product Management & Engineering Program Management, Amazon Music | San Francisco, CA

Kintan Brahmbhatt is the Director of Product Management and Engineering Program Management for Amazon Music. After joining Amazon in 2009, Kintan drove product vision and execution for IMDb Everywhere, the IMDb Movies & TV App for mobile devices, before joining the Amazon Music team in early 2013. In his current role, Kintan helped launch Prime Music in June 2014, which is now one of the most popular streaming services in the world. Recently, Kintan was a key driver of the launch Amazon’s premium music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, focusing on the Amazon Music customer experience with Alexa and Amazon Echo, creating innovative, new voice controls for the most natural listening experience available.

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Sam Goertler

Product Manager, Asana | New York, NY

Sam Goertler leads the Asana New York office and is dedicated to building a world-class development team from the ground up. She oversees everything from the product roadmap and execution strategy to fixing the wifi. Prior to Asana, she held several product positions with Microsoft and Yammer, and received a degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

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Alison Go

Product, Facebook | New York, NY

Over the last decade, Alison has built a portfolio of bleeding-edge technology across multiple industries, using data and customer obsession as her guiding star. At Facebook, she is developing the world’s largest platform for local businesses to engage with their customers. Previously, she ran product development for Rent the Runway’s Unlimited subscription business, and at Amazon, she built a pioneering integration between Audible and Kindle that the Wall Street Journal heralded as the new killer app for books.

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Brent Tworetzky

EVP, Product, XO Group | New York, NY

Brent runs product management, design, and user research across XO Group’s properties, including The Knot and The Bump. Named one of the “secret rock stars of Silicon Valley” by Business Insider, Tworetzky is a passionate digital leader with an impeccable track record of building important products users love while also scaling meaningful businesses. Prior to XO Group, Tworetzky served as Vice President of Product Management at Udacity, a leader in online career education, and as a product and business leader for higher education startup Chegg.

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Nancy Kramer

Founder and Chairman, Resource/Ammirati; Chief Evangelist, IBM iX | Columbus, OH

With a belief that creativity and technology have the power to change the world, Nancy Kramer founded Resource/Ammirati with Apple as its first client in 1981. Over the next three decades, she grew the firm into a multi-office digital marketing pioneer with clients such as Victoria’s Secret, P&G and Nestle by delivering innovative, consumer-centric marketing experiences. In 2016, she helped usher in a new era for the company, when it became IBM’s first creative agency acquisition, becoming part of IBM iX, the world’s largest design, digital and cognitive consultancy.

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Josh Anon

Director of Product Management, Magic Leap | Dania Beach, FL

Josh Anon is a director of product management at Magic Leap, a secretive AR startup with over $1 billion in funding. He spent the first 10 years of his career at Pixar Animation Studios where he worked in a variety of roles. From Pixar, he moved to Lytro, Inc. as a senior product manager, where he gained experience with developing and marketing a disruptive product. Josh led cross-disciplinary teams across the company as product owner for the Lytro Mobile app, Lytro Illum, and more.

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Thabet Alfishawi

Product Manager, Growth, YouTube/Google | San Francisco, CA

Thabet Alfishawi is a product leader at Google working on YouTube’s growth platform. Previously Thabet worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., a policy advisor with an Egyptian presidential campaign, an investment professional at a leading private equity fund in the Middle East and a technologist at Procter & Gamble. Thabet holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSc. in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

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Blade Kotelly

Leader of Strategic Experience, Sonos | Boston, MA

Blade is a user-experience expert, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at MIT, and in addition to providing consulting service in Design-Thinking, he is the Leader of Strategic Experience at Sonos where he leads the efforts to define the future experience that will fill your home with music. Prior to joining Sonos, Blade was the VP Design & Consumer Experience at Jibo, Inc. where he was in charge of the industrial-design, human-factors, user-interface, brand, packaging, web experience supporting Jibo, the world’s first social robot for the home. Blade has also designed a variety of technologies including ones at Rapid7, an enterprise security-software company, StorytellingMachines, a software firm enabling anyone to make high-impact movies, Endeca Technologies, a search and information access software technology company, Edify and Speechworks, companies that provided speech-recognition solutions to the Fortune 1000.

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Nick Caldwell

VP of Engineering, Reddit | San Francisco, CA

Nick Caldwell is the VP of Engineering at Reddit where he is responsible for building and operating the 5th most visited site in the US. Prior to joining Reddit, he held various positions in engineering leadership at Microsoft across a 15 year career, starting with ownership of the Word spellchecker and culminating in a role as General Manager for the Power BI product suite. Nick holds a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley Haas, and he is an active participant in /dev/color: a non-profit whose mission is to maximize the impact of Black software engineers. Nick is a native of P.G. County Maryland, but happy to call San Francisco home.

Previous Speakers Include

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Ryan Spoon

Sr. VP, Digital Product Management, ESPN | Bristol, CT

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John Vars

Chief Product Officer, TaskRabbit | San Francisco, CA

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Ken Norton

Partner, Google Ventures | San Francisco, CA

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Rohini Pandhi

Product Lead, Square | San Francisco, CA

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Mina Radhakrishnan

Cowboy Ventures and former Head of Product at Uber | San Francisco, CA

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Chris Spiek

Partner at The ReWired Group | Detroit, MI 

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Nir Eyal

Bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products | San Francisco, CA

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Trevor Owens

Author, The Lean Enterprise | New York, NY