TBPP2012: Andres Glusman of Meetup.com on “Getting to Here”

TBPP2012_alt-abrv-114It’s January, so it must be time to kick-off our annual series diving-in and learning all about what makes The Best Product Person of 2012 tick. Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Andres Glusman of Meetup.com — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Andres truly The Best Product Person of 2012.

Getting to here…

> What key people helped shape you into the product manager you are today?

Everyone I’ve worked with at MU over the years. In particular Matt Trush, Scott Heiferman, Gary Burns, Greg Whalin, Peter Kamali, Matt Meeker, Chris Keane, & Dervala Hanley. Plus remarkable people in the Lean community including Giff Constable, Kareem Kouddous, Steve Blank and Eric Ries.

> How did you decide to become a product manager?

TBPP2012-Ceremony At my core, I’m really a social scientist (my background is in Economics & Psychology). I’m fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Working in product gives me the opportunity to understand and shape people’s behavior at scale. Since almost everything we do at Meetup is viewed as an experiment, we have an opportunity to try lots of approaches, see surprising results and double down. That’s a pretty awesome laboratory. Plus, for me getting into product at Meetup meant that I’d get to build a team with people who really inspire me.

> What inspires you in your day-to-day work?

The challenge of shaping the behavior of millions of people. What I do this week will impact millions of people next week.

Nominate TBPP 2013 Today!

Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Gift Box - Free One-Day ShippingThank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2013 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!   Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2013/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Andres Gusman, The Best Product Person of 2012!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2012, or any other of the upcoming product person interviews, as well as other insightful posts from The Product Guy.

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2012: Andres Glusman. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn 
The Product Guy

From Phil’ing Up to Flattening Out

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

product-phil

On Product Management…

http://www.phildub.com/
Introduce yourself to this weekend’s coolest person in product management!

startup-weather

On Starting Up…

http://tech.co/whats-the-weather-like-at-your-startup-2013-01
Steer clear of stormy startup times.

design-flat

On Design & Product Experience…

http://inspiredm.com/flat-design/
Flatten out and relax in a new level of minimalistic experience.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Even The Best Need an Advocate #TBPP

TBPP2012_alt-abrv-114 On Thursday, January 3rd, the 3rd annual winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) was announced at The Product Group!

And, the winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) of 2012 was Andres Glusman of Meetup.com!

It should be remembered, and now fully recognized, that there could be no winner without someone nominating him or her.

IMG_1603-adjustedThe individual who first nominates The Best Product Person of the year is also a winner!

This year, we extend a special Thank You and congratulations to Giff Constable, the first of many, who nominated Andres Glusman. Giff won a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com!

Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Gift Box - Free One-Day ShippingThank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2013 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!   Nominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2013/

Key to many a product manager’s pursuits is excellence in user experience and design. And, so too, is this true for Giff. With his prize, he purchased the very cool book, from one of the most influential product designers of the 20th century, "Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible". An excellent read for any product manager, Dieter’s ideas can probably best be summed up in his 10 principles of good design:

  • Good design is innovative, useful, and aesthetic.
  • Good design should be make a product easily understood.
  • Good design is unobtrusive, honest, durable, thorough, and concerned with the environment.
  • Most of all, good design is as little design as possible.

Again, congratulations to Andres Glusman #TBPP2012 and his first nominator, Giff Constable! Keep up the great work and we look forward to many more of your exciting contributions to the product community.

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2012:Andres Glusman. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn 
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (http://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visithttp://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (http://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

From Design Thinking to a Perch and a Pulse

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

product_priority

On Product Management…

http://onproductmanagement.net/2013/01/07/backlog-prioritization/
Go for a valued drive to awesomeness!

startup_branch

On Starting Up…

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57563854-93/branch-makes-its-conversation-threads-available-to-all/
Check out this new perch in the Internet roundtable.

modularinnovation_pulse

On Modular Innovation…

http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/14/pulse-gets-more-personal-lets-users-add-their-facebook-youtube-instagram-flickr-tumblr-feeds/
Feel the quickening Pulse growing through Modular Innovation.

design_thinking

On Design & Product Experience…

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/6/3844604/david-kelley-talks-design-thinking-steve-jobs-60-minutes
Ponder the deep thoughts of Design Thinking.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

The Best Product Person of 2012 Announced!

TBPP2012_alt-abrv-114 On Thursday, January 3rd, the 3rd annual winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) was announced at The Product Group!

From the start of the nomination period we were inundated with nominations from every industry, large and small, from all around the World.  In the end, this year we received over 100 nominations with many receiving multiple nods for recognition in excellence in Product Management!TBPP2013-Ceremony

The Product Guy & The Product Group are very pleased to announce The Best Product Person of 2012 is Andres Glusman of Meetup.com!

Andres, at his core, sees himself as a social scientist, absolutely “fascinated by people and what makes them tick.”   A graduate of The Wharton School, he finds his inspiration and influences in his team and others like Giff Constable, Kareem Kouddous, Steve Blank, and Eric Ries.  He leads Meetup’s Strategy Team and is responsible for quantitative and qualitative customer discovery and validation (including Meetup’s usability lab which conducts 600+ sessions per year). Prior to Meetup, Andres has held marketing and strategy roles at Boeing, Yahoo, and i-traffic. He is also the Co-Organizer for the 3000+ member NYC Lean Startup Meetup.  For more about Andres and his team, check out http://www.meetup.com/about/.

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Andres.

Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Gift Box - Free One-Day ShippingThank you to everyone who participated, nominated, interviewed, AND passed on the word! The nomination period for The Best Product Person of 2013 has begun!  The individual who first nominates TBPP is also awarded!  This year, the first nominator of Andres received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

http://tbpp.wufoo.com/forms/the-best-product-person-of-2013/

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2012: Andres Glusman. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn 
The Product Guy

About ‘The Best Product Person’

The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy (http://tpgblog.com) and The Product Group (http://meetup.com/theproductgroup).

TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone. And, if you are the first to submit the winning nominee, you too will be rewarded  Over the course of the year, the various nominees are interviewed and the finalists narrowed down to: The Best Product Person of the year . The finalists are interviewed and evaluated for excellence in Product along the following lines… Becoming a Product Person, Your Product, Advice to Product People, and Future & Trends.

TBPP is both (1) the way the Product community gets together to recognize excellence amongst our ranks as well as (2) provide, to a large audience, insights into that excellence in a manner we can all learn from and leverage in our own Product journeys.

For more information about The Best Product Person award and past winners visit http://tpgblog.com/tbpp

About ‘The Product Group’

The Product Group is an opportunity for Product Managers, etc. to come together to meet, interact, and network. It’s an awesome way to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational environment within which sharing and learning can flourish and complement the knowledge base for all on a peer-to-peer basis. The NYC chapter of The Product Group meets the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in a establishing chapter near you, please contact The Product Guy or The Product Group for more information. (http://tpgblog.com/theproductgroup/ )

From Observing the Trends of Modular Innovation to Robust Agility

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

product_agile

On Product Management…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502ILHjX9EE

Hone your agility and stretch out in front of this great iterative PO’ing video.

startup_blog

On Starting Up…

http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/blog/2013/1/7/
why-every-entrepreneur-needs-to-blog.html

All the real (good) entrepreneurs do it!

modularinnovation_bitly

On Modular Innovation…

http://gigaom.com/2013/01/08/bit-ly-wants-to-help-developers-play-with-data-under-new-real-time-search-api/
Socially speaking, a little bitly goes a long way observing trends within the Modular Innovation ecosystem.

design_sketch

On Design & Product Experience…

http://www.uie.com/articles/power_of_sketches
Power sketching… as easy as 1-2-3-4-5.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

The Best, The New, and The Next!

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Happy New Year! And, congratulations to Andres Glusman, The Best Product Person of 2013! (#TBPP)

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Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest record-turnout roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.

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Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were…

The Best Product Person of 2013: Andres Glusman
launched in 2010, this annual award recognizes excellence in Product Management

Featured Product: Weight Watchers
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from lifestyle to institutionalizing analytics
(thanks to Jared Raskin and Team)

Customer Acquisition Strategy
from incentives to community

The Product Group meet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet, interact, and network in a roundtable setting. It’s awesome to meet fellow Product People in a laid-back, conversational gathering.

If you are a Product Person and are interested in having your product featured or participating as a featured guest expert at an upcoming meetup of The Product Group, contact me (or email at jhorn (a-t.) tpgblog DoT com).

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meetup …

Thursday, February 7th @ 7PM
RSVP Now!

And, stay tuned for more announcements about February’s Featured Product, Advisoray.

If you would like to attend our next meet-up, RSVP today or visit our group webpage at…

http://meetup.com/TheProductGroup

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

P.S. Interested in becoming a sponsor or host of The Product Group? contact me.

From the Sharing Economy to Refreshing Ideas

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend?

01_everything-good

On Product Management…

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3376-everything-is-not-equally-good
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2013!  Time to get out the bad ideas and bring in the new!

03_economic

On Modular Innovation…

http://www.slideshare.net/timoreilly/measuring-the-economic-impact-of-the-sharing-economy
The economics of Modular Innovation are strong.

04_chicken

On Design & Product Experience…

http://designyoutrust.com/2013/01/the-ultimate-finger-food-eating-utensil-by-trongs/
Finger-licking form and function.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy