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Building a Great Product

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"How to Build a Great Product"

What can startup founders learn from product managers? What are ways founders can measure growth and make data-driven decisions? How to handle and prioritize customer feedback?

These are some of the questions we'll be tackling.


Andrew Cohen, CEO of Brainscape

Andrew Cohen is the founder & CEO of Brainscape (, a venture-backed web & mobile education platform that helps millions of people study more efficiently. Brainscape allows students of all ages to create, share, and find great “smart flashcards” for any subject, and to study them using a fun, social experience that is scientifically proven to boost learning results.

Andrew also moonlights as a business analytics consultant, helping CEOs develop stronger processes for collecting, analyzing, and acting upon metrics that help their companies grow more efficiently and raise venture capital. He teaches a Business Metrics Fundamentals class at General Assembly and works with TechStars and several other accelerators to transform their startups' growth models into the language of VCs.

Andrew holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Columbia University and has previously worked as an international economist (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), Wall Street eLearning curriculum developer (Satori Consulting), and government corruption fighter (World Bank). He is obsessed with efficiency and has dedicated his career to helping organizations do more with less.

Laney Caldwell, Product Manager at

Laney Caldwell is a Product Manager at (, a New York startup building a personal assistant who schedules meetings for you powered by artificial intelligence. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Political Science.

Cody Musser, Product Lead at

Cody Musser builds and scales product design, team leadership and operations for early stage startups. He’s Head of Design and a founding team member at, working on eSports data, CPO at (, trying to end the organ donation waitlist, and Product Lead at (, helping bring new products and companies to market with partners like Johns Hopkins Medical, the University of Chicago Medicine and Microsoft. He’s managed, designed, led, exited, marketed, failed, sold, acquired, hired, fired and been fired — and found it all honestly quite fun.