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#ProductSF: Building Better Products

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

Friday, June 13, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

#ProductSF: Building Better Products

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This is a conference by product managers for product managers. 

Our goal is to elevate the art of product management and give everyone more insight into the kinds of opportunities and challenges that product managers face everyday. 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, and new friends to help them build better products. 


  • 9-9.30 Light breakfast and schmoozing (food provided) 
  • 9.30-9.40 Welcome by Ty Ahmad-Taylor and Josh Elman 
  • 9.40-10.20 Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architectural History, UC Berkeley "The Origins of Treasure Island"
  • 10.20-11.00 Julie Zhuo, Director of Design @ Facebook “How to work with Designers” 
  • 11.00-11.15 Break 
  • 11.15-11.45 Mina Radhakrishnan, Early Head of Product @ Uber “Designing for Flexibility” 
  • 11.45-12.05 Case Studies 
    • Mark Towfiq, CTO @ Flywheel "Product for the Internet of Things"
    • Vince Maniago, Group Product Manager @ “Behavioral Economics driving Design” 
  • 12.05-12.30 David Hahn, formerly of LinkedIn, "Building Revenue from Scratch (at LinkedIn)"
  • 12.30-1.30 Lunch (food provided) 
  • 1.30-2.00 Wook Chung, Samsung Electronics, "Applying Product Development for Ad Systems to Traditional Software Development"
  • 2.00-2.30 Ignite Presentations
    • Ken Norton, Partner @ Google Ventures "Finding your blind spots: Lessons in Communicating for Product People"
    • Ian Spalter, UX Lead & Manager @ YouTube "Best Practices for UX/Product integration" 
    • Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Vice President, Smart TV Products @ Samsung Electronics, "Marketing and Selling Products for Product People" 
    • Michael Swingler, Cainkade, "Beyond Touch Screens: Designing Great TV Apps"
  • 2.30-2.55 Break 
  • 2.45-3.15 Panel Discussion on Product Development in the Enterprise
    • Stephanie Hsu, Product Manager @ Yammer 
    • Sol Lipman, CPO @ TomFoolery (acquired by Yahoo) 
    • DJ Patil, Relate IQ
  • 3.15-3.35 Break 
  • 3.35-4.00 Ellen Chisa, Kickstarter, "The Careful Balance Between Product and Art"
  • 4.00-4.30 Carrie Kish, CEO, CultureSync, "Tribal Leadership: Building High-Performing Teams" 
  • 4.30-5.00 Shiva Rajaraman, Product Director @ YouTube “Product Management: From Meh to Awesome” 
  • 5.00-5.05 Endnote 
  • 5.05-7.00 Drinks
Have questions about #ProductSF: Building Better Products? Contact Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Samsung Electronics and Josh Elman, Greylock Partners



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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