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November 29, 2016

Every week, we curate the best product news and events in collaboration with our friends at StartupDigest.

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November 22, 2016

Singularity Professor Nell Watson discusses singularity including the notion of AI personhood. She talks about how AI is here to stay because of what she refers to as the ‘autonomous distributed corporation’. She emphasizes that knowledge is power and postulates that it makes sense to involve AI when there is so much data available.

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November 21, 2016

Guillermo Trotti Space Architect, Architect, Designer, Educator, Explorer. He is the president of Trotti& Associates, Inc., an architectural and industrial design firm working on Space and Earth projects. Mr. Trotti is a pioneer in Space Architecture, working with NASA on advanced space human missions. He has designed numerous buildings and products utilizing space technology, and advanced materials. Mr. Trotti has taught architecture at the University of Houston, and industrial design at the Rohde Island School of Design for over 25 years, he continues to lecture at US, and international universities.

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November 15, 2016

We’ll spend an evening of networking and fun around the theme “Building Products That Count.” Uber early investor, venture capitalist and recovering entrepreneur Shawn Carolan will share how to get to the essence of your product. Serial social entrepreneur Jonas Kaufman will talk about the product that counts the most: Drinkable Water. Your truly will reveal the rules behind the most successful mobile products,

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November 9, 2016

Code for America product lead Alan Williams shares the great work he and his team are doing with Code for America, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring government into the 21st century government. He discusses mobile-first government programs like food stamps. If you’re intrigued and would like to get involved, this will get you over the edge.

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October 25, 2016

Companies invest billions of dollars in designing new products every year, but more than 70% of those products fail to monetize effectively. What a waste! “It doesn’t have to be this way. And it needs to stop,” says pricing guru Madhavan Ramanujam.

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October 4, 2016

Leading Teams & Products That Count is an invitation-only event for product leaders. Some of the most accomplished executives in product, design and technology come together to collaborate, learn, and be inspired. Applicants are C-level executives from leading companies including Amazon, Mercedes-Benz, Hilton, Slack, Yelp, Asana, Facebook, Netflix and more.

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September 27, 2016

What are the fundamentals of building great products at scale? Former Uber product exec Frederique Dame reveals why it is critical to have a clear mission and clear goals, how companies can stay agile as they scale, and what culture fosters innovation with a team that operates in hyper growth mode. Along the way, she shares concrete examples from Yahoo!, Photobucket, SmugMug, and Uber.

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September 19, 2016

Silicon Valley Product Management veteran Rich Mironov discusses his experience in the product manager role and shares some tips to be successful and move up the ladder in your career. He discusses critical aspects of the job such as cross functional communication and the role of incentives.

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September 19, 2016

Marty Cagan discusses the importance of focusing on impact when designing great products. He emphasizes that it is essential that product managers put the customer first to build products that people love. Additionally, he points out how the culture of a business can have a great effect on whether a product can be successful.

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September 19, 2016

How do you know what to build next? It’s all about product discovery, argues product guru Teresa Torres. She shares best practices for product discovery, understanding what customers want, and then building it right. Through impact and empathy we can shift the focus from designing within and hoping a product finds success to human centered design.

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August 31, 2016

How do you hack your product management career? Netflix fmr-Product VP Gib Biddle describes the skills required to grow into an exceptional product leader, ways to experiment with career approaches and extend your career through your own personal board of directors. As usual, Gib is full of war stories– both good and bad — that will help you start, grow or accelerate your career as a product leader.

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August 23, 2016

As a serial entrepreneur, investor and ex-Monster exec, Anne Dwane discusses the current revolution in corporate learning and the future of work. “There is no such thing as one size fits all,” she argues. “Work and education are both ready for disruption.” She shares her insight on making learning more accessible, affordable and effective than ever before.

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August 9, 2016

Leah Hunter is a Fast Company writer and futurist passionate about the human side of tech, fashion and augmented reality (AR). She describes how AR will disrupt big, heavy industries and completely change our lives. She gives advice on how to predict the future: be uncomfortable, she argues.

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August 9, 2016

Data and analytics expert Alistair Croll argues that big data is changing business, society and even the human species. Businesses are built faster based on analytics and data. What’s coming next for big data and cloud computing? Alistair’s answers and examples may surprise you. Listen in and find out.

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July 26, 2016

From search engines to voice assistants to healthcare and self-driving cars, machine intelligence can transform the products and services we build and use. Drawing from her experience working on algorithmic and AI-driven products, Google CEO Technical Assistant Aparna Chennapradaga shares insights and lessons on building trustworthy products powered by AI.

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July 18, 2016

ProdPad Head of Customer Success Andrea Saez shares her experience with on boarding new users. On boarding is emotional, she argues- there must be a connection with users. Successful on boarding is about creating a positive interaction. Not everyone learns in the same way and so the more personalized your on boarding the better.

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July 12, 2016

How do you bring new users on board in ways that keeps them coming back? Slack head of growth Merci Victoria Grace reveals the secrets behind Slack new user experience including building a culture of shoshin (the “beginner’s mindset”), cultivating empathy for new users and more.

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July 1, 2016

Is there something, in some way, that is not working for you and your business? Mark Levy is an expert in consulting for positioning and branding. He does not change the core of your business; but rather, Mark helps you better articulate your work, get out of your default thinking, and help you come up with a Big Sexy Idea.

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June 28, 2016

How do you exemplify the values of your company and talk about turning points of your products and services, so that others can connect to what you say? Marie Perruchet, Founder and Director of One Perfect Pitch and former journalist, gives us insight in communicating true, authentic experiences that come from the heart to engage any audience. 

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June 6, 2016

Productivity guru and ex-tech exec Pierre Khawand argues that we should schedule our day in 15-min increments in order to feel productive and fullfilled. He shares ways that we can minimize distractions and keep thoughts and emotions under control with nothing more than a notebook and a timer. Can it be that easy? Listen in and find out.

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May 24, 2016

Amazon started as an online book store and today, it’s a leading retailer and cloud computing giant. What are the secrets behind Amazon’s success? Amazon’s product exec Kintan Brahmbhatt reveals the Amazon Way, including insights on Amazon’s approach to building products by working backwards from the customer.

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April 27, 2016

How do you go from zero to thousands of users overnight? How do you quickly grow a community online? How do you craft emails and tweets people actually answer? Voted best growth speaker @ SXSW Vincent Dignan shares guerrilla strategy for startup marketing; SEO-boosting tips; a step-by-step approach to rapidly grow social media communities and more.

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April 19, 2016

MIT Digital Fellow and Boston University Professor Van Alstyne argues that product business models are broken and being replaced by platforms. Products have features, but platforms have communities. How does that impact business model? 

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March 22, 2016

Conversation and messaging-based interfaces are becoming the new norm in the post-app economy for next-generation mobile services, commerce and transactions. But why do some messaging services thrive when most don’t? Veteran Silicon Valley VC and Mayfield fund managing partner Tim Chang shares his investment thesis for re-inventing the interface for everything.

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March 2, 2016

Bestselling author of Reinventing You, Dorie Clark shares advice and best practices on how to stand out, including identifying what makes you unique, what to build a personal brand on, how to increase the reach of your brand using blogging and social media.

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February 23, 2016

Most companies struggle trying to balance the conflicting demands of sustaining an existing business and taking on a disruptive challenge.  Join Silicon Valley icon Geoff Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm (over 1 million copies sold) as he shares case examples from his new book, Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption.

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February 2, 2016

We so identify with our mobile products that we expect from them what we wish for ourselves: an attractive body, a meaningful life, and increasing competence and ability. This 3-min video gives the highlights of the Mobile Formula, the 3 rules behind successful mobile products.

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January 26, 2016

Netflix ex-Product VP Gib Biddle talks about how he and his team grew Netflix from Good to Great. Gib ran product at Netflix between 2006 and 2010, a crucial time in Netflix’s history. The insights he shared were very transferable and he shared both successes and failure.

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January 26, 2016

NYT bestselling author and leadership guru Sydney Finkelstein talks about “superbosses,” the exceptional leaders that are able to attract, retain and groom the best talent, how they go about it, and how you too can become a superboss.

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December 15, 2015

Product guru and bestselling author Dan Olsen talks about what makes for great products, great product managers and great product teams.

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December 8, 2015

In a world that keeps changing faster, knowledge becomes obsolete quickly and big institutions like Harvard struggle to keep up. How do you go about providing cutting edge education? Udemy CPO Rob Wong shares best practices to build an on-demand marketplace for knowledge.

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December 1, 2015

Yelp Product VP Eric Singley talks about growing Yelp in the early days and shares what he sees as mobile product trends and best practices. Note: Yelp and Eric are the amazing sponsors that supported Products That Count from day 1 and make our events possible. Thank you thank you!!!

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November 18, 2015

We are psyched to invite you to a special holiday party with a super-special speaker line up: viral growth wiz Karen X. Cheng, who has been featured on Good Morning America and on the Ellen Show; product management guru and bestselling author Dan Olsen; and subscription expert and bestselling author Robbie Kellman Baxter.

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November 11, 2015

Bestselling author of The Membership Economy Robbie Baxter reveals trends for the most cutting edge SaaS products. Hint: it’s all about community and access instead of self and ownership.

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October 28, 2015

In only two short years, Slack has become one of the fastest-growing and most beloved enterprise SaaS products of all time.  But the secrets behind its growth aren’t what you might expect:  it wasn’t all about analytics and A/B testing.  Slack’s ex-PM lead, Kenneth Berger, tells stories from his time there and shares three surprising principles that helped drive Slack’s success.

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October 13, 2015

On-demand economy and platform thinking guru Sangeet Paul Choudary talks about what makes a great platform. He discusses their business models, the key role of reputations, and explains why the best platforms are the ones we don’t even notice.

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September 30, 2015
How do you go about disrupting daily habits that haven’t changed in decades, such as driving places, finding a home, and balancing the books? Lyft CMO, ex-Trulia CMO and ex-Intuit exec Kira Wampler reveals her approach and secrets to successfully disrupting tough categories from transportation to real estate and personal finance.
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September 23, 2015

Growth hacker Chris Neumann shares growth hacking trends. Founder of conversion optimization firm CROmetrics, Neumann helps companies grow exponentially through data-driven decision making: A/B testing, user testing key flows, end-user surveys and more.

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September 8, 2015

Silicon Valley design guru Joe Robinson shares his perspective on design trend for tech and mobile products. He also reveals why you should read more sci-fi. Joe Robinson organizes two of the largest design and technology communities in the country: Designers + Geeks and SVNewTech. Previously, he worked at Square, where he was product lead for Square Dashboard and Square Market.

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September 2, 2015

Companies live and die by their ability to drive customer and revenue growth.  Growth guru Sean Ellis, who coined the term “growth hacking” in 2010, will reveal how product teams can maximize their impact on growth.  Ellis will share examples from companies he helped grow from customer zero to IPO, including Dropbox, Eventbrite and Uproar.

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July 29, 2015
How do you create disruption in a complex ecosystem? Is an aggressive stand against the industry, such as Uber’s, the only way? Is it the most effective way? Emmy-award winner and TiVo’s CDO Margret Schmidt shares lessons learned from TiVo’s success in disrupting television and building partnerships with media behemoth like cable operators.
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June 23, 2015

How do you dramatically change your personal habits, from health to finance, career and happiness? myFitnessPal marketing VP Tara-Nicholle Nelson reveals secrets and behaviors of “transformational consumers”, people who view all of life as a series of “personal disruption” projects.

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May 27, 2015
In most companies, data and analytics have historically been considered a service.  However, analysts are now taking a more proactive role in driving businesses, and the more recent introduction of big data has accelerated this trend.  Facebook Analytics VP Ken Rudin shares how his team is aligned behind impact, not insights.
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May 3, 2015

In an age of ever-increasing distractions, quickly creating customer habits is an important characteristic of successful products. How do companies create products people use every day? Nir Eyal, the bestselling author of “Hooked”, has constructed a framework for designing better products. He also reveals exclusive tips on how to get unhooked.

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April 22, 2015

How do you actually go about achieving what most people think is completely impossible? Trulia founder Sami Inkinen shares what he learned in business, health and life from founding real estate marketplace Trulia, taking it all the way to IPO, breaking the two-person transpacific rowing world record, and more. If you can measure something, he believes, you can improve it.

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March 25, 2015

A well-designed workplace is critical to attract A-players and build at first-class culture. The traditional open-space plan no longer suit the need of innovative companies, so what does tomorrow’s work environment look like? Award-winning designer of the new Uber, Cisco, and Yelp offices, Primo Orpilla, shares his secret for bringing creativity, productivity, and culture into the work space.

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February 25, 2015

How do you know what to build next? Whether you’ve just got an idea or already have users / customers, you’re thinking about what the right thing to build is. Co-founder of KISSmetrics Hiten Shah shares best practices to make sure you are doing the right things at every stage of your business using customer feedback and your own point of view to create better products faster.

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January 28, 2015

Facebook’s ex-head of mobile development Jocelyn Goldfein shares best practices in building great software companies and cultures. “Your business model and technology stack shape your software company’s DNA and culture. You should understand how and why.”

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November 19, 2014

A member of Dan Ariely’s Irrational Labs, Bella Rozenkrants, discusses the impact behavioral economics can have on great products. This talk will explore how consumers construct and show their identity through their product choices. Bella Rozenkrants will share best practices and real life examples of what companies can learn from better understanding consumer identity.

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