Startup Weekend: Challenges, Learnings, and Recommendations

Over a 54 hour time period, over 100 attendees came together to start something new at Techstars Seattle International Startup Weekend. Attendees shared initial problems they’d like to solve, formed teams, received coaching support, and pitched final business plans. As the event ended, I spoke with a few teams about their Startup Weekend experience; their challenges, their learnings, and their recommendations for[…]

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Sir Richard Branson and Seattle Entrepreneurs Hone in on the Adventures of Entrepreneurship at Virgin Atlantic’s Seattle Event

Seattle, WA – Champagne was popping and the room was filled with laughter and Seattle entrepreneurs. I took my seat at Virgin Atlantic’s Business is an Adventure event at the Axis Pioneer square excitedly anticipating what Sir Richard Branson and his guest panel had to say about the start-up culture in Seattle. Moderator Mimi Jung of[…]

IoT Marketing: Connecting the Dots Between IoT and Marketing Strategy

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here, so let’s talk strategy. How exactly does IoT affect marketing strategy? With an “expected 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020” consumer demand will change, according to Forbes (Greenough et al., 2016). IoT and the world of connectivity will continue to shape needs and requirements for[…]

4 Changes Affecting Product Managers

  Today, Product Managers are managing more than products.  Product Managers are responsible for listening to their customers, paying attending to trends and developing products to meet their target audience’s evolving needs.  With the introduction of new management tools and methods, Product Managers are challenged to prioritize and balance their time appropriately. Increased Social Presence[…]

5 Ways to Become a More Technically Proficient Product Manager

In a former post, I addressed 7 Skills More Important Than a Technical Degree, and promised to address the skills necessary  to gain a more technical Product Management role. I too have applied to more Senior Product Management roles only to hear that I lacked  “technical experience.”  When I received this response, I felt frustrated; I’ve already been a successful Product[…]

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Monster Coding founder, Stacey Reiman, says “You can do it from home!”

Stacey Reiman, founder of the educational programming app Monster Coding, wants you to know “you can do it from home.” With degrees in Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Political Science, Stacey’s education is well-rounded, but her passion lies in languages. Her love of dialects spread to the language of programming where she quickly picked up coding skills. As a self-taught programmer and[…]

7 Skills More Important Than A Technical Degree

While I don’t formally have an engineering or technical degree, I’ve held a product management role for the past few years.  I’ve worked for corporate companies, as well as start-ups and found it to be true that, “Not all Product Managers need a technical degree.” As a Product Manager, you’re responsible for managing the product through each stage of[…]

Randi Zuckerberg and I

Everyone Wants to Hire a Techpreneur

ROCHESTER, NY (October, 16, 2015) — The ambitious, sassy and entrepreneurial Randi Zuckerberg discussed the opportunities and trends in technology during the Gasser Lecture Series, hosted by the Saunder’s College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Today, the opportunity to succeed relies heavily on involvement with technology. Radi discussed three things you can do achieve[…]

Dance With Confidence

An Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Dance with Confidence or Face Reality

Many argue that entrepreneurs succeed because of their confidence. “Fake it until you make it,” will get you you there, they say.  At what point should an entrepreneur look in a mirror and face the facts—that their business is failing? On Tuesday, June 23 in the Penthouse at One East Avenue in downtown Rochester, an[…]