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5 Minutes With Lisa Wong, Director of Product & Initiative Planning at eBay

Posted on 26 May 2014 at 9:01 by Adrienne

Lisa Wong has been practicing her Product Management craft at eBay for close to 9 years, having started as the Product Manager of eBay Motors in 2006.

We spent some time with Lisa getting to know her thoughts about Product Management before her speaking engagement at Vivid Sydney The Essential Steps to Creating Great Products & Services on the 6th of June 2014. She is one of 4 speakers sharing her insights and stories.

Lisa Wong Headhot SQ

 What are some of the best Product Management highlights during your career?

The best product management highlight in my career was when I allowed myself the courage to take on the very role I was hired for, to be an expert in my product domain area, to reinterpret what the business actually needed, to rethink their solutions and to offer my  professional point of view, rather than just implement precisely what was prescribed to me.  Continue reading...

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Lost In Translation

Posted on 23 May 2014 at 1:28 by Adrienne

Language is a complex beast… According to the Linguistic Society of America, in 2009, there were just over 6900 distinct languages globally. The diversity in language whilst has many cultural benefits, throws up numerous challenges as we interact and transact across global borders. Even within the one language, the misunderstanding or misinterpretation of words can throw up numerous issues.

One such challenge is that faced by Product Management when communicating with their Finance teams. It’s no secret that the Product Manager often feels stymied by the Finance team and what seems to be archaic processes’ protecting the company’s purse strings. Justification for new product ideas is lengthy and is often more complicated than it needs to be. Continue reading...

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5 Minutes With Henry Ruiz, Chief Product Officer, REA Group

Posted on 22 May 2014 at 6:25 by Natalie Yan-Chatonsky

In the lead-up to the Vivid Sydney Product Management Mini Conference on the 6th June, 2014, we interviewed Henry Ruiz, one of the 4 keynote speakers. Henry will be sharing his pearls of wisdom about how he creates great products and services during Product Development.

As Chief Product Officer for REA Group, Henry Ruiz drives the consumer and customer product strategy for Australia’s No. 1 residential and commercial property sites, realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au – including web, mobile and tablet experiences. He also has accountability for the equivalent sites in Hong Kong & China; Italy, Luxembourg and France. Continue reading...

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5 Minutes With Warren Wan, Product Czar, MyFitnessPal

Posted on 20 May 2014 at 9:34 by Natalie Yan-Chatonsky

Warren Wan is a Product Management and User Experience professional based in San Francisco, USA. Warren has been involved in Product Development since the early days of GeoCities. After its acquisition by Yahoo!, Warren went on to lead product on digital community products including Yahoo! Messenger.

Warren then joined eHarmony as one of their first Product Managers and guided the company’s conversion and retention roadmaps. After moving to New York, Warren held VP positions at Thumbplay (acquired by Clear Channel Radio), Dada Entertainment (a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment), and ideeli (acquired by Groupon).

Warren now leads key product initiatives at MyFitnessPal, with the goal of making good health attainable and sustainable for everyone. He will be speaking at Brainmates’ upcoming Vivid Sydney Product Management Mini-Conference on the 6th June, 2014

What are some of the best Product Management highlights during your career?

When I first started at eHarmony, before a user was even allowed to register, they were shown a few screens explaining what the service did, how it worked, and how it was different from other dating sites on the market. Continue reading...

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5 Minutes With Stephane Chatonsky, Facilitator, Financial Fundamentals For Product Managers

Posted on 19 May 2014 at 4:01 by Adrienne

We recently interviewed Stephane Chatonsky, Brainmates’ latest facilitator who will be training the Financial Fundamentals for Product Managers  course.

We sought out Stéphane to teach our Financial Fundamentals for Product Managers course because he has an extensive background in teaching Private Equity, Venture Capital and Valuation and Financial Modelling to post-graduate students in Australia, Singapore, and China. He is an Adjunct Faculty of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), as well as an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and Tsinghua University.

In addition to his academic teaching pursuits, Stephane is also an investment and strategy leader. He has a blend of private equity, venture capital, investment banking, strategy consulting and corporate experience across a broad range of industries, including financial services and insurance, healthcare, education, media, telecommunications, retail, consumer and business services.

As a both an investment practitioner and academic, you interact with senior executives, corporate professionals and entrepreneurs.  What advice do you have for product and marketing professionals who want to increase their financial literacy?

No sound investment decisions are ever made without financial analysis. Product professionals who want to do well in their job  and who want their organisation to fund their products and projects, need to know how to use the right financial language to convince financially minded people and senior executives. Continue reading...

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