ChiPMA (Chicago Product Management Association), is about helping Chicago-area product management professionals get better at conceiving, designing, building, launching, and optimizing digital products and services.
Modeled after the Silicon Valley Product Managers Association (www.svpma.org), ChiPMA's meetings expose members to current trends in innovation, product strategy, product marketing, and the latest tools and technologies.
ChiPMA is for Software and Digital Product Owners, Product Managers, and those in related fields such as Product UX Design and Product Marketing.
"If you have to ask whether you've found product-market fit, you haven't." - Eric Ries, Lean Startup.
According to Marty Cagan, market - fit is about "finding a product that can power a viable business." This not only includes defining a product that customers will pay for, but also figuring out the right market segment to target, the pricing model, how to talk about the product to the market. It can be the most challenging and most rewarding stage of the product lifecycle.
Join us to hear how three product leaders have gone through that process and the lessons they have learned from their journeys.
Nick Starai: Chief Strategic Officer of NMI (https://www.nmi.com/)
Short Bio: Nick co-founded NMI in 2001 at the height of the "Dot Com Boom". Starting as a rules-based credit card fraud prevention tool, NMI quickly grew to be one of the top payment gateway providers, now on track this year to process over 1 billion transactions.
Chris Brown: Chief Product Officer of Relativity (https://www.relativity.com/)
Short Bio: Chris is the current CPO at Relativity. Before that he spent 10 years in Orbitz Worldwide (now Expedia). There he held a series of product and technology leadership roles—including Group Vice President of Mobile and Senior Vice President & Chief Product Officer.
Most recently, Chris was CEO and a board member at Kapow, a Chicago-based start-up that builds an online corporate events platform. During his three years at Kapow, the company had 85% year-over-year revenue growth.
Raj Karmani: Founder of AskWhai (https://www.askwhai.com/)
Short Bio: AskWhai is an startup in Chicago focuses on applications of AI. One of its missions is to allow smaller businesses easier access to AI technology. Previously, he was the CTO at Farmer's Fridge, a venture-backed startup on a mission to make fresh food available 24/7 through smart fridges.
His earliest venture public benefit corporation Zero Percent, which combined his passion for technology, volunteerism, and entrepreneurship. Zero Percent provided an online food rescue platform for restaurants and food operators to donate any excess food to local charities in an easy, reliable and safe way. The platform coordinated more 1.5 million meals from 100+ businesses to 80+ nonprofits in Chicago, Champaign and Nashville.
6:00 - 6:30 --- Food & Networking
6:30 - 8:00 --- Panelist Discussion
8:00 - 8:30 --- More Networking
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