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Startup Grind Singapore Hosts Michael Smith (Chief Product Officer - Spuul)
Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM (SGT)
Michael Smith, Chief Product Officer - Spuul
“My biggest focus is to learn how to build a global company built to last from Singapore. I think now I have seen the balance of the big companies, the startups and the acquisitions to see what worked and what didn’t.” -- Michael Smith
To raise the higher chance of success for a startup, the founding team must have a strong foundation with the co-founders complement each other with different skill sets. One of the most important skills is product development, the ability to build the right product that customers want and bring it to the market.
Join Startup Grind monthly fireside chat on 28th March, we will host Michael Smith who bring to the table a diverse portfolio of product management experience in consumer internet space at Yahoo!, enterprise software at BEA to online entertainment service at Spuul, which he is serving the role of Chief Product Officer.
Michael is responsible for driving the product and technology that will bring premium online video content to Spuul customers across the globe. Michael has worked in the consumer internet space with Yahoo!, the enterprise software space with Weblogic/BEA and has been actively involved in the Asian startup community for over 10 years.
Prior to Spuul, Michael worked with the Yahoo Developer Network in Asia Pacific. This entailed working with startups across Southeast Asia to build or partner with Yahoo. Michael also led the acquisition of Koprol which formed the foundation for Yahoo's Indonesian engineering site.
Michael has been living in Thailand and Singapore, working with technology startups across Southeast Asia and consulting with various companies across the region on their social media strategies. Before moving to Thailand, Michael worked for BEA Systems, Inc. in Hong Kong while managing their developer marketing strategies for Asia Pacific Michael also previously served as a Junior CTO at BEA Systems in the Americas and worked at WebLogic - a company that was acquired by BEA Systems.
Photo and bio credited to e27.co
FIRESIDE CHAT MODERATOR
6.15pm: Registration & Grinders’ Sharing Ideas / showcasing products (light dinner to be served)
6.45pm: Fireside chat with Michael with focus on these topics:
* Building the skills of product management
* Tips on hiring product manager
* Strategies to bring the product to the global market, related to Michael's key learnings in building Spuul based in Singapore but focus on global market
* Startup scene in regional countries which Michael has experience with
7.15pm: Startup / Grinders’ introduction
7.20pm: Q & A
8.00pm: More networking
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.