Expanding the Product Portfolio

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How do companies decide to pursue new ventures? What questions do executives consider when doing so? In most markets, the development of product-line extensions is a competitive reality. As markets and categories evolve, businesses must constantly adapt their product offering in response to customer and competitive pressure.

Strategic expansion can add entire new value propositions that open up new markets, add new customers and capture adjacent customer segments.

What do executives consider when making these moves and recognize important shifts that create new opportunities?

Join Dropbox and Advancing Women in Product for an evening discussion on what makes companies pursue new product ventures. We will explore what happens behind the C-suite decisions made when expanding product portfolios.

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Valerie Layman - CPO of Yapta

Valerie is a key executive leading Yapta from disruptive startup to a long-term sustainable business. She established the Product, Customer Success, Partner Management and Business Operations teams to successfully pivot the business from B2C to B2B, growing the customer base from 0 corporate customers to over 8,000, with a 99%+ client retention rate and an “Excellent” Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 52. She drove this success through clear and focused goals across all teams and targeted headcount growth based on highest value return, driving increased revenue with limited operational cost expenditures. Yapta received the Deloitte Fast 500 award in 2017 and 2018, ranking #4 in Washington state, with a 900% three-year revenue growth. Yapta was also named “100 Great Places to Work” in Washington State in 2018.

Vishal Kapoor, Director of Product Management

Vishal Kapoor is a Director of Product, who has helped ship high impact products at scale for more than a decade. After his Master’s in Computer Science from Columbia, he started his product journey at Microsoft, shipping Windows 7 core features. He then went on to the Xbox One launch team designing Music & Video experiences, receiving eight patents along the way. Most recently, as the founder of the Product team at Dropbox Seattle, Vishal built & scaled a team that has enabled rapid growth in revenue and engagement, leading to a successful IPO and beyond.

Anushka Anand, Senior Product manager

Anushka Anand is a Senior Product Manager on Tableau Prep, leading the team's efforts in augmented data management. She works to help customers understand data quality issues, clean and combine data with the use of Machine Learning and other methods. Anushka was a member of the Tableau Research team from[masked] working on visualization recommendation. She led the creation of a Recommendations engineering team and helped shape the server-based recommendation features available in Tableau 10.3 and 10.4. Anushka earned her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Anushka served on the Program Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute [masked]) and helped found the Fremont Womxn in Technology group in Seattle.


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5:30 - 6:30 pm: Registration & AWIP Welcome

6:30 - 7:15 pm: Panel Discussion

7:15 - 7:30 pm: Q&A

7:30 - 8:00 pm: Networking & Close