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How to Build Great Products: Insights April 2013

Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Samsung Electronics and Josh Elman, Greylock Partners

Friday, April 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

How to Build Great Products: Insights April 2013

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This is a conference by product managers for product managers. 

The goal of the conference is to elevate the art of product management and give everyone more insight into the kinds of opportunities and challenges that product managers face every day. All of the speakers are current or former product managers who helped build many of the products and companies you love.

Everyone who attends should leave with new insights, new strategies, new stories, and new friends to help them be a better product manager and build and ship better products.

Speakers will include Allen Blue, co-founder at LinkedIn, Hunter Walk, former director of product  at YouTube, Ian McAllister, senior manager at Amazon, Joe Zadeh, head of product at AirBnb, Tom Conrad, CTO at Pandora, Ken Norton, group product maanger at Google, and many more.


  • 9a-9.45a Light breakfast and schmoozing (food provided; light on the schmooze)

  • 9.45-10.05 Introductions and Welcome by Ty Ahmad-Taylor and Josh Elman

  • 10.05-10.35 A conversation with Hunter Walk, Former Director, Product Management, of YouTube

  • 10.35-11.00 Allen Blue, co-founder at LinkedIn, “477 Days to One Million

  • 11.00-11.30 Srikanth Rajagopalan, Director, Product Management, Google, “Building the Chrome Web Browser: The Product Process at Google”

  • 11.30-11.40 break

  • 11.40-12.15 Panel discussion on Growth Strategies, moderated by Hiten Shah, founder of KissMetrics

    • Pete Davies, Wordpress/Automattic

    • Gustaf Alstromer, Voxer/Airbnb

    • Elliot Shmukler, LinkedIn/Wealthfront

  • 12.15-12.25p Break

  • 12.25-1 Dan Olsen, former VP product at Friendster, “Product lessons from the early days of Friendster”

  • 1-1.50 Lunch/Break (food provided)

  • 1.50-2.30 Fred Sigman, Art Historian, “The Architecture of Las Vegas”

  • 2.30-2.45 Break

  • 2.45-3.30p Ignite Presentations (six presentations on insight) moderated by Ian Spalter of FourSquare

    • Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Head of Smart TV Products, Samsung Electronics, “Product Development career paths”

    • Ken Norton, Google, “How to work effectively with engineers”

    • Ian McAllister, Senior Manager, Traffic, Amazon, “The Top 1% Product Manager”

    • Stephen Smyth, Amplify “How to create a tablet-based educational system”

    • Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Samsung Electronics “The Rise of Bronys: Tapping into Subcultures in Product Development”

  • 3.30-4.10 Joe Zadeh, Head of Product at AirBnb, “How AirBnb hires PMs”

  • 4.10-4.20p Break

  • 4.20-4.50 James Buckhouse, Managing Editor, Twitter, "Your job is the story"

  • 4.50-5.25 A conversation with Tom Conrad, CTO at Pandora

  • 5.25-5.30 Endnote

  • 5.30-6.30 Drinks
Have questions about How to Build Great Products: Insights April 2013? Contact Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Samsung Electronics and Josh Elman, Greylock Partners
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Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Samsung Electronics and Josh Elman, Greylock Partners

Ty Ahmad-Taylor has been building software used by millions of people since 1996. He is now Head of TV Services at Samsung Electronics.

Josh Elman has helped build LinkedIn, Facebook Connect, Twitter, Zazzle, and RealPlayer. He is now part of Greylock Partners where he invests in and works with game-changing entrepreneurs to build market-transforming companies.

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