I first met Siqi Chen at a Lightspeed CEO dinner hosted by Jeremy Liew. We bonded over our mutual love of product design and fascination with customer engagement. Ever since, I’ve followed Siqi’s career from Zynga product lead to fast-pivoting startup CEO to VR executive. I love how Siqi’s ideas about vision and leadership keep evolving. This is a guy who’s always learning. Listen in and learn how this globally-minded entrepreneur is applying his hard-won innovation lessons to carving out a new category of location-based entertainment.
Jeri Ellsworth is a tinkerer, inventor, and entrepreneur who grew up fixing toasters and building race cars – then moved on to inventing the future of AR at Valve, CastAR and now Tilt Five. Jeri’s got a unique take on bringing innovation to market – and a healthy appreciation for the human side of technology development. Listen in and discover how a quirky kid from rural Oregon transformed herself into a Silicon Valley powerhouse.
I first met David Vogler during the early, heady days of the Web, when we worked together to craft Nickelodeon’s first online presence. David went on to lead creative teams at Disney, Hearst, NBC Universal, and other leading brands. He’s now the Head of Design for Complex Networks, a joint venture between Hearst and Verizon.
David has a knack for creating innovative media experiences that still manage to connect with basic user needs. Listen in and discover how this long-time insider navigates the dynamic landscape of online video and big media brand-building.
Brian Norgard is a serial entrepreneur – expert team-builder – and currently Chief Product Officer at Tinder, the massively successful dating app. Brian knows a thing or two about how to grow and evolve successful products – and it’s NOT about chasing trends or adding sexy new features. If you’re into creating compelling products, I know you’ll enjoy soaking up his wisdom and hard-won advice. Listen in and discover how a seasoned product leader guides his team towards success.
Casey Winters is a growth specialist who understands how to blend qualitative and quantitative data to get massive and sustained results. Casey learned his craft at GrubHub and Pinterest, and then moved on to Greylock – the storied investment firm – to help their portfolio companies scale up and accelerate growth. Casey focuses on the space where scaling techniques meet product design – and he’s collected some hard-won & actionable insights about on what gets in the way of growth – and what you can do to help your team succeed. Listen in and find out how a Silicon Valley insider helps to turn startups into rocketships.
Jason Hreha is a product leader at Walmart, where he works across the company to run smart experiments and infuse the retail giant with effective digital design. Jason has an academic background in psychology and neuroscience – and has learned through experience what actually works when you’re building products for humans. Listen in and learn how a behavioral scientist sees the world of product design.
Lee LeFever and his wife Saachi pioneered a form of visual communication called “explainer videos.” They run Common Craft, an animated video production company – and a training spinoff, the Explainer Academy, that empowers anyone to create better, clearer explanations. Lee has a refreshingly clear way of looking at the choices a small business owner has to make when things start to take off. Join us and learn more about how Lee transitioned his successful business to support the life of his dreams.
When I first met Merci Victoria Grace, she was fresh out of school and leading a wildly innovative game project. Fast-forward to today, she’s a talented & accomplished product manager, most recently leading growth at Slack. Her blend of creativity, strategy & development chops gives her a great foundation for leading teams. Join us and discover how a fast-rising product leader integrates vision with collaborative leadership.
Gina Bianchini is a visionary entrepreneur with deep experience in social software and online communities. Gina co-founded the pioneering social platform Ning, and is taking what she learned from that experience into her current project, Mighty Networks – a place for deep interest communities to flourish. Gina’s passion and brilliance shine through in everything she does. I’m always excited to hear her take on the evolution and purpose of online communities. Listen in and learn from Gina’s decades of experience bringing innovative ideas to life.
As the former VP Community at Kickstarter, Cindy Au managed the fast-growing crowdfunding community through a major growth phase, and balanced the competing needs of campaigners and funders. Cindy cut her teeth in New York’s tech scene – and she’s got great insights about what it takes to say NO to short-term gains in order to fulfill a long-term vision. If you’re interested in community dynamics, cooperative design or tech entrepreneurship, you’re gonna love Cindy’s stories about how Kickstarter transformed from a promising idea into a wildly successful fundraising powerhouse.