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Global Product Management Talk is pleased to bring you episode 036 of...
The Everyday Innovator with host Chad McAllister, PhD.
The podcast is all about helping people involved in innovation and managing products become more successful, grow their careers, and STANDOUT from their peers.
Our Guest: Jeremy Dillingham has a long list of skills and experiences as a seasoned product manager, including leading teams, roadmap planning, portfolio management, Lean Startup, Customer Discovery, Agile Development, and SaaS architectures. He is a mentor at Techstars, an accelerator for technology startups. He currently serves as a Senior VP at Return Path, a company that helps organizations promote and protect their brands.
Some favorite product management tools:
Discovery – the process of talking with customers and validating what you are learning about the problems and needs. This involves writing a script of interview questions, prioritizing the questions, talking with customers to gain responses, and analyzing the data. Discovery sessions with customers should be done by two interviewers so one can focus on asking questions and the other can focus on taking notes.
Experiment – one pass through the build-measure-learn loop (per Lean).
Metrics – dashboards, KPIs, another important indicators.
Lean Canvas – see TEI 010 episode with the creator of the Lean Canvas.
Tonight Jennifer and Luis quickly recap the past interviews done with Vook and Paper'd. Luis attended the Techstars Cloud event in San Antonio and discusses some of the hot startups that presented in front of the community, but more importantly, a room full of investors. Companies mentioned during the show include Emergent One, Cloudsnap, Vidmaker and Conductrics. Techstars happens in five cities across the U.S. once a year and only the top startup applicants are selected for a three month intense mentorship unlike any other.
Last season's Bloomberg TVs "TechStars" elite startup boot camp contestant and co-founder of ToVieFor, Melanie Moore, has a candid discussion with C-Radio Show host, Cynthia Nevels, on the state of women in technology and why leveling the playing field in heels can be fun, exciting and a little misleading. Melanie Moore who's now owner of Elizabeth & Clarke, a Tech/Fashion startup in NYC gives a behind the scenes dose of reality you don't want to miss. Join us for lunch December 6, 2011 at 11:30 AM CST/ 12:30 PM ET.
My conversations are authentic and take twists and turns resulting in raw perspectives about Big Data. You will not get these conversations from ladder climbing-playing it safe-not willing to speak candidly Data Executives. It's a weekly 30 minute show, completely uncensored on Big Data created by Bryan Wempen. No filters. Listen to the show every Tuesday, 9am/Central Time.
Joining us will be Matt Gough, Chief Echovater at Echovate. Gough is a serial entrepreneur, founder and Chief Echovater at Echovate; a predictive cloud based hiring platform built from the ground up for emerging growth companies.
Matt bootstrapped his first company, which sold in 2005. Took some time away from running startups and consulted with Fortune 500 companies on innovation and product-to-market alignment. He co-founded a ventured backed predictive reference automation software raising venture capital and acquired a company in 2009.
For the last 6 years he has also mentored start-ups in NYC and Boston through TechStars accelerator and has spoken/written about the life of a start-up.
Connect with Matt:
We’ve got a couple of interiewees talking tech start ups this week. First, Simon Crosby (@simoncrosby), co-founder and CTO of Bromium, stops by the show to talk about security on mobile devices, specifically using virtualization technology to create a micro-VM -for each task a user performs on an untrusted network or document. For more information, visit www.bromium.com. Then Jason Seats (@seats), a managing director at Techstars, joins to talk about their boot camp for technology start-ups, where the tech market is headed, and how their mentoring program works.
0:00: Introductions and News of the Week 9:14: Interview with Simon Crosby 22:29: Interview with Jason Seats 38:45: Wrap up
Brad Feld partner at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm based in Boulder, Colorado. He's also a co-founder of Techstars, a mentor-driven accelerator program. He recently wrote a book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.
Stanley Hammerman speaks at numerous seminars on collection law and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. He is a member of the Civil Study Committee for the Maricopa County Superior Court as well as the Commercial Law League of America, The Commercial Bar, and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys.
John McDougall founder and CEO of McDougall Interactive, an award-winning agency specializing in SEO, social media, paid search, blogging, content marketing, conversion optimization, PR and, most importantly, fusing them together and tracking return on investment.
Jocquese L. Blackwell of Blackwell Law Office, PLLC, he is a Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated Attorney,which is their highest rating, he is rated 10 out of 10 with AVVO.COM, which is their highest rating, and an Arizona Rising Star with Super Lawyers.
Jeremy Seth Davis is founder of PressIQ. Each week on PressIQ Radio, he brings together the greatest business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors to discuss the challenges they’ve overcome on their journey towards entrepreneurial success. Join our live talk show every week to discover how the best business leaders reach new heights.
Brad is a managing director at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage software / Internet companies throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner.
In today’s episode of The Brian Sewell Show you’ll learn:
The two most critical insights to becoming a successful entrepreneur. How to find balance as an entrprenuer. How to find the right investors for your project. Why mentors are critical to your success. Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.??Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor Media, Cheezburger Networks, Fitbit, Gnip, Oblong, Orbotix, Standing Cloud, and Zynga for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad served as chief technology officer of AmeriData Technologies. AmeriData acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad had grown Feld Technologies into one of Boston's leading software consulting firms prior to the acquisition. He also directed the diversification into software consulting at AmeriData, a $1.5 billion publicly-traded company which was acquired by GE Capital in 1995.??In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chairman of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes widely read and well respected blogs at www.feld.com and www.askthevc.com.??
Co-founder and CEO of TechStars David Cohen shares proven ideas for establishing and developing a successful startup company. David points out that most startups fail, but that it doesn't have to be that way. Through his years of experience, David Cohen provides practical and real world tested techniques to transform a startup into a success story. David offers insights into the key areas of Idea and Vision, People, Execution, Product,Fundraising, Legal and Structure, and Work-Life Balance. Learn how to turn your startup business into the company of your dreams.
Karen Rands, on her Compassionate Capital radio show will interview Daniel James Scott, the Founder of Gazelle Labs located in St. Pete, FL. You'll learn about the innovative programs offered for startup entrepreneurs to learn what they need to succeed and even get some seed capital to get it all going. Daniel will share his insights on the challenges startups face in today's economy and how innovative entrepreneurs can overcome those challenges and succeed.
Gazelle Lab is a TechStars Network member, mentor-driven, three-month, seed stage investment program. Gazelle Lab provides selected companies with up to $18,000 each in seed funding, surrounds the company founders with incredible proven mentors for the three months, facilitates introductions and connections to potential partners and customers, and showcases the companies at an investor demo day. Gazelle Lab has been featured in many national business publications. http://gazellelab.com/
Daniel has been recognized as "an accomplished entrepreneur" by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, one of "10 who make Tampa Bay area's economic outlook brighter" by the St. Pete Times and one of "Florida's economic impact players?" by Florida Trend for his work with the Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at USF St. Petersburg. Daniel has founded 5 companies, including business accelerator Gazelle Lab, and successfully sold 3 of them. Daniel holds two graduate degrees in Entrepreneurship, is Tampa Bay chapter head for Entrepreneur Commons, and an accomplished author and instructor.
Karen Rands is a leading advisor to early stage and emerging growth companies. Her firm, http://LAUNCHfn.com offers coaching, preparatory services and an access to capital system, which includes opportunities to present to angel investors.
"While entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, they all share the drive to do things that have never been done before, the belief that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to, and the need to get everything done as fast as they can. For a first time entrepreneur, this can be daunting, but TechStars is like a turbo rocket booster for the beginning of the journey."
The above is an excerpt from the forward written by Internet Entrepreneur Mark Pincus for the book "Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons To Accelerate Your Startup."
While many might not immediately recognize the name of Mark Pincus, anyone who has played FarmVille, FrontierVille and Mafia Wars on social networks such as Facebook or "has made an offer" that "can't be refused" over Twitter, is more than familiar with his company Zygna's social games.
Referring to what he calls Zygna Speed, Pincus jumped at the opportunity to write the forward for the new book by high tech VC's Brad Feld and David G. Cohen because as he put it Do More Faster "is a concept that is close to my heart."
Featuring experienced entrepreneurs or mentors as Pincus calls them, Do More Faster represents that unique spirit of collaboration based on a strong desire to see one another succeed that "ties
all entrepreneurs together."
What Feld and Cohen have in essence done is create the new "Great Game of Business" for the Internet Age, where entrepreneurs can learn how to move towards success at a speed that is faster than the speed at which information moves within the virtual realms in which they operate.
Joining me today to talk about their breakthrough and breakout book are the authors of Do More Faster Brad Feld and David Cohen.