February 20, 2018

1stdibs CPO on How to Go From PM to CPO on Your Own Terms

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PM to CPO on Your Own Terms

There is no blueprint for career progression in Product Management. It’s common to encounter setbacks, lateral moves, and failure. Xiaodi Zhang, CPO at 1stdibs, has had all of those experiences and now leads a team of 27 Product Managers and Designers at 1stdibs. Learn how she transitioned to Product without training or technical experience, survived the dot-com bubble, and navigated through eBay & Gilt to land her dream job at 1stdibs. Without knowing it, Xiaodi created her own career path. In this talk, she will highlight the key experiences and critical decisions that propelled her to where she is today.

About the Speaker

Xiaodi joined 1stdibs as the first product hire. Over the last six years, she has led the transformation of the luxury marketplace and helped grow the company from 350 today. As CPO, Xiaodi manages the Product and Design organizations. Her responsibilities include leading the annual strategy planning process and developing the right frameworks and tools to ensure success at 1stdibs. Along the way, she has built a team of nearly 30 rockstar product managers and designers. Prior to 1stdibs, Xiaodi held leadership positions at Gilt and eBay. While at eBay, she spent five invaluable years in Shanghai, learning first hand the importance of grit, scale and competition. Her China experience still shapes how Xiaodi approaches product strategy today. Originally from China, Xiaodi moved to the States at 9 and grew up in Alabama and Texas. As a result, her go-to comfort foods include dumplings, fried okra and Tex Mex.

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