Category: SC’s Guests

February 8, 2017

I recently was invited to participate in the Commonwealth Club’s “in conversation with” program, with Silicon Valley legend and author of Crossing The Chasm Geoff Moore. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. Geoff and I discuss the growing role of mobile and technology in our society, including privacy, business, jobs and more.

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February 4, 2017

I recently gave a presentation on “Raising Your Profile to Get Board-Ready” as part of the Women in the Boardroom webinar series. It was a pleasure to be their guest and share ways executives can re-invent themselves, reasons why being board-ready is different from getting a promotion, and a surprisingly simple approach to gaining board-level visibility.

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October 26, 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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May 14, 2016

When you’re designing for mobile – for the nooks and crannies of someone’s life – you need to have a deep understanding of who you’re creating for. For most products, that knowledge will help close the empathy gap between your team and your users. As design lead at Thumbtack, a marketplace that connects customers with local professionals, Audrey Liu and her team spend a lot of time thinking about how to minimize these gaps in a startup environment. In her discussion at Manifesto, she talks about common obstacles, how to overcome them, and best practices for designing more meaningful user-to-user connections through empathy.

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May 2, 2016

I had the pleasure of interviewing MIT Digital Fellow Marshall Van Alstyne. Marshall 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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April 29, 2016

I hosted Veteran Silicon Valley VC and Mayfield fund managing partner Tim Chang in March 2016. Tim talked about his investment thesis for the future of mobile, including messaging platforms.

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April 7, 2016

How do you remove friction on mobile? Kintan Brahmbhatt is the Director of Product & Technical Program Management for Amazon Music, and previously led product launches for IMDb and Amazon Video. In his closing keynote at Manifesto, he shares his perspective and insights on how to create delightful experiences to buy anything from movies, music and books, to on-demand delivery and beyond.

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March 31, 2016

Jonathan Badeen co-founded the world’s most popular dating app, downloaded more than 100 million times and creating 26 million matches every day. Speaking from his own unique viewpoint while giving tips on how new product designers and developers can use design, data, and marketing to find their own matches on the road to success, Jonathan shares the story of Tinder’s meteoric rise with Manifesto.

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March 3, 2016

Together with my friend and business partner Joe Robinson, I’m hosting one of the largest conferences on product design in San Francisco this month: Manifesto. Our theme this Spring is mobile and we’re invited the founder of Tinder to give a keynote. I encourage you to check out our incredible lineup of speakers. The event is taking place at the gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts and we’ll have delicious, local food for everyone.

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February 10, 2016

Chris Anderson has been at the heart of technology for many years. Chris was the Editor In Chief of Wired from 2001 – 2012 and wrote the famous technology book, “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.” Currently, Chris is the CEO of 3D Robotics, a drone manufacturing company. In this talk, Chris examines the birth of the “Makers’ Movement” – a new era when barriers to building physical products have been lowered and manufacturing is no longer the exclusive territory of large, well-funded firms.

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November 28, 2015

Andrew Chen is one of Silicon Valley’s thought leaders on growth, mobile, and startups in general. His essays on these topics have been featured in New York Times, Wired, and the Wall Street Journal (among many others). Andrew is now working on growth at Uber. In this discussion at Manifesto, Tim Chang, Managing Director of the Mayfield Fund, interviews Andrew about how he thinks about growth, what he has learned from trying different tactics, and how to evaluate the success of growth initiatives.

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November 8, 2015

I hosted Slack first product manager Kenneth Berger at Products That Count in November. Kenneth talked about strategies that Slack used to become the fastest-growing and one of the most beloved enterprise mobile products. He shared some surprising approaches such as leveraging PR early on, focusing on more than one metric at a time. This is against the norm in Silicon Valley these days but hey, it worked!

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October 7, 2015
Most apps fight for our attention, but how can an app be useful when you leave your phone in your pocket? In this inspiring talk from Manifesto, Golden Krishna (author of “The Best Interface Is No Interface” and designer at Google) proposes the concept of “back pocket apps” – uses of your phone that are best when you don’t need to interact with your phone at all. Golden looks at these interface-free user experiences, how to design them, and how to create delightful experiences without direct engagement.
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September 28, 2015

I hosted Lyft CMO Kira Wampler in September 2015. Kira talked about ways to go about disrupting daily habits that haven’t changed in decades, such as driving places, finding a home, and balancing the books? “The most successful businesses don’t wait for disruption to happen to them,” she says. She also shared many real-life examples.

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December 2, 2014

Another amazing guest from Products That Count, visionary author and founder of Adaptive Path Mike Kuniavsky discusses how to design devices for multi-touchpoint services, why and when to use specialized devices to create a competitive advantage and how to design different touchpoints simultaneously so each provides specific user value and creates a consistent experience across the service as a whole.

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