ProductTank Berlin #20: How to Survive as a Product Manager

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As Product Managers, we contend with pressure from many competing forces, from the customer, to the business, to technology, and the market. Businesses turn to Product Managers to tame these forces, and turn them in their favour. And often, the businesses seeking our help are those with uncertain futures, but big ambitions.

Join us to hear Product Managers give their first-hand accounts of facing the product management furnace, and the lessons they learnt while doing so.

Julian Weinmann, Senior Product Manager at BCG Digital Ventures
Julian will share war stories from his first PM gig for the Rocket Internet venture Shopwings, where he contended with ambitious founders, organisational pressure, complex legal issues and eventually the collapse of the company. He will talk about mistakes and lessons learned along the way and how they helped him grow as a PM.

Emilie Lindström, Product Manager at Outfittery
“Do no harm”
Worlds spinning, stakeholders breathing down your neck, critical bugs that must be fixed, planning that just can’t wait. And then there is you: stuck in the middle, and out of breath. In this talk, Emilie will share her unique perspective on surviving the Product Management whirlwind.

6:30 PM - Doors open, food and drinks! (please arrive before 7.30pm)
7:30 PM - Hello (from PT and BCG)
7:45 PM - Julian Weinmann
8:15 PM - Emilie Lindström
8:45 PM - Q&A
9:15 PM - Networking & drinks

More about our speakers

Julian Weinmann
https://www.linkedin.com/in/julian-weinmann-b1762a86/
Julian studied Mechanical Engineering at TUM and always had an itch for entrepreneurship, co-founding the startup “Probino” in 2012 as a university student. Through this experience he discovered his passion for building products, leading him to grasp the opportunity to join the new Rocket venture Shopwings as a Junior PM, rather than continue an academic path to take a PhD in Robotics. It was during these 2 years at Shopwings and Rocket Internet, that Julian learned how to survive as a PM. Since then, Julian has joined DV as a Senior PM, where he built several ventures since 2016.

Emilie Lindström
https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilie-lindstr%C3%B6m-7835a56b/
With her heart in leadership, passion for product and both feet on the ground in Tadasana, Emilie is celebrating 10 years living abroad from Stockholm, Sweden this year. She has been in Berlin and working at Outfittery for almost 5 years now. The last 2 of those years, she has been managing products, before that she was managing people. Last year Emilie got her diploma as a Yoga teacher and when she is not busy working she hangs out with her 2 cats and many many plants.