What we're about

ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Silicon Valley to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited.

Events include talks from guest speakers on topics around product management, networking opportunities, and a good old-fashioned chin-wag over a beer or two.

We're open to companies big and small. We also welcome early-stage technology businesses looking to learn how to get their ideas off the ground.

We also have a blog and encourage the community to get engaged by commenting on or writing new posts for http://www.mindtheproduct.com

Finally, check out our conference: http://mtpcon.com

Upcoming events (2)

How to Build Machine Learning Products that Solve True User Problems

Kanishka Maheshwari, founder of fintech company InterPrime Technologies and former Director of PM at Salesforce, will be joining us in January to talk about how to build machine learning products that solve true user problems. HOSTED AT Intuit (Mountain View) ABOUT THE TALK Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning(ML) are all the rage right now — at Google’s recent I/O 2017 event they really put ML front and center with plans to bake it into all their products, and lots of other large companies are aligning themselves as Machine Learning companies as a natural progression from Big Data. But how do you incorporate ML and AI in your products? What signals would you use to identify if ML can solve the problem? How would you organize the team and what roles will they play? How will modelling work, where will the data sets come from? How will you solve the cold start problem post launch? For a traditional PMs, building ML products can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have the technical background. Fear not, ProductTank Silicon Valley got you covered. Come join us with Kanishka for a deep dive in building machine learning products from start to finish. While at Salesforce, he built a ML based search platform which is arguably the largest enterprise search engine out there - with over 150 M queries/day and 100s of Billions of documents. During his talk, he will go cover, how he leveraged ML to improve the quality of search results, the trials and tribulations that came with it, and how he managed a team of data scientists and engineers building ML features as a PM. SCHEDULE 6:00 to 7:00pm: Networking and snacks 7:00 to 8:00pm: Talk + Q&A 8:00 to 9:00pm: Wrap-up ABOUT KANISHKA Kanishka Maheshwari has over 12 years in building products from inception to launch. He spent 11 years at Salesforce, where he was first a Lead Engineer and then Director of Product Management for Search. He recently founded InterPrime Technologies, a Fintech company focussed on helping companies get the most out of their money and making them capital efficient. Kanishka holds a Bachelor's & Master’s degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. ABOUT INTUIT Intuit’s mission is powering prosperity around the world. Whatever prosperity means to you, Intuit is committed to working on your behalf and making it happen. Every day we innovate with our flagship products - TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint. So no matter your financial need, we have a solution that can help. Whether you’re a consumer, self-employed, or a small business owner, we are in corner to help make your dreams of prosperity come true.

How Agile Product Marketing Works Best with Product Management

Martina Lauchengco, marketing and product exec for market-defining products like Microsoft Office and Netscape, will be joining us to talk about Product Marketing in an Agile World. HOW AGILE PRODUCT MARKETING WORKS BEST WITH PRODUCT MANAGEMENT Modern product development and marketing are both changing the role of product marketing. Yet with every technology category more crowded than ever, product marketing has never been more important. Martina will discuss modern best practices, how to create the best interface between product and product marketing, and how to leverage the function to maximize success. SPONSORED BY Pure Storage SCHEDULE 6:00 to 7:00pm: Networking and snacks 7:00 to 7:10pm: Intro from Brian Schwarz, VP Product at Pure Storage 7:10 to 8:15pm: Talk by Martina Lauchengco + Q&A 8:15 to 9:00pm: Wrap-up ABOUT MARTINA LAUCHENGCO https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinalauchengco/ Martina Lauchengco has over 25 years as a marketing and product executive building and crafting strategies for market-defining software like Microsoft Office and Netscape Navigator. She spent a decade advising companies on product marketing with Silicon Valley Product group and also teaches marketing and product management at UC Berkeley's graduate school of engineering. As an Operating Partner at Costanoa Ventures, she sits on multiple boards and coaches startups on all things go-to-market. Martina holds a B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. She's a native Californian, mother of two beautiful daughters, and happy wife. ABOUT BRIAN SCHWARZ https://www.linkedin.com/in/brschwarz/ Brian serves as a Vice President of Product Management at Pure Storage focusing on the FlashBlade product line. He is passionate about building simple solutions to the complex technical challenges. Prior to joining Pure in 2014, he spent 6 years at Cisco Systems building the Unified Computing System offering. Brian joined Cisco via the acquisition of Nuova Systems. Brian has also held management and technical positions at Veritas, Exodus Communications, Teradyne, and Microsoft Corporation. Brian earned a BS in computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a MBA from the University of Washington.

Photos (80)