About Jeremy Horn

Jeremy Horn is an award-winning, product management veteran with thirteen years of experience leading and managing product teams. Jeremy has held various executive and advisory roles, from founder of several start-ups to driving diverse organizations in online services, consumer products, and social media. As founder of The Product Group, he has created the largest product management meetup in the world and hosts the annual awarding of The Best Product Person. Jeremy can currently be found pioneering the next generation of content management and sharing at Viacom, acting as creator and instructor of the 10-week product management course at General Assembly, and mentoring at Women 2.0 and Lean Startup Machine. Follow Jeremy on twitter @theproductguy or his blog at http://tpgblog.com.

Market Research, Vidaao, and May Time!

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

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

Featured Product: Vidaao
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from value validation to posing as a customer
(thanks to Justin Park)

Market Research
from value validation to posing as a customer

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, May 1st @ 7PM
RSVP Now!
 

Stay tuned for more announcements about May’s Featured Product, Reliant.

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

Visit http://TheProductMentor.com and
Sign-up today!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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

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This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 19, 2014)

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Product Manager @ Personal Data Reference, Inc. (NYC)
Keywords: Agile, Community, Consumer, Lean, Product Management
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=966&lf=twf

Analyst, Product & Platforms @ Reliant (New York City)
Keywords: Agile, Lean, Product Management, Project Management, Virtualization
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=965&lf=twf

This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 12, 2014)

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Product Owner @ Taskstream (New York, NY)
Keywords: agile, education, scrum
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=947&lf=twf

Senior Manager, Digital Product Development @ Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYC, United States)
Keywords: analytics, digital, management, product, strategy
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=964&lf=twf

This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of April 5, 2014)

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Product Manager (2) – General and Integration @ Case Commons (New York City)
Keywords: agile, government, social_good
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=961&lf=twf

Director of Product Design and UX @ comiXology (512 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10018)
Keywords: eCommerce, Mobile, Product Design, UI Design, UX
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=963&lf=twf

Product Manager @ ServiceChannel (New York, NY)
Keywords: Analyst, Process, Product, Requirements, Software
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=795&lf=twf

Product Management Advice from Adrian Jank

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Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

What makes The Best Product Person person of 2013 tick?

Advice…

> What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management?

It was during a pragmatic marketing training session, and it’s one of their advice[1]staples “Your opinion, while nice, doesn’t mean shit”. 

> What is the hardest lesson you learned as a product manager?

Tough decision! I once took a role at a company where I quickly learned I was not passionate about the problem I was solving. It made paying attention to all the details more difficult to do because the passion wasn’t there. The job didn’t work out and despite a love and passion for product management I thought I might not be cut out for it. I had to stop and really evaluate what types of problems I want to solve. I eventually figured it out, but it was a hard lesson to learn.

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of March 29, 2014)

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Senior Product Manager @ FastBooking (Paris, France)
Keywords: agile scrum, analytics, hospitality, lean startup, product manager
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=962&lf=twf

Product Manager (2) – General and Integration @ Case Commons (New York City)
Keywords: agile, government, social_good
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=961&lf=twf

Product Manager @ ZocDoc (New York, NY)
Keywords: Product
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=960&lf=twf

“In the Now” with Adrian Jank

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Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

What makes The Best Product Person person of 2013 tick?

In the Now…

> Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why?

snapchat-evan-spiegel-021113[1]Evan Spiegel just turned down 3 Billion from FB for a company that has little to know revenue, and while it’s done a great job acquiring and activating users, I’d love to see how their retention plays out. Is Snapchat really solving a big enough problem that would justify turning down that number? I’d love to find out what the general public doesn’t know. 

However, if I could I’d probably want to spend the day with Dave Chase and pick his brain about his experiences building the recently acquired HealthTech company Avado. Avado is going down a similar path I am exploring in my own work. How can we give Dr.’s better insight into what their patients are doing after they leave the Dr. Office AND How can we give patients more access to their doctor without actually having an appointment.

> What excites you about your current products?

I recently took on an engagement with a health tech company, and it’s truly been eye opening. There are huge problems to solve on both the patient and the doctor side of the ecosystem. While my thoughts on how the president has bungled the launch of his new health-promotion-industry[1]“product” (sold the feature, not the value), regardless of how it’s been sold, the ACA has forced a business model change in the healthcare ecosystem. The change from an assembly line type mentality to a service mentality (Income only for outcomes) has opened a huge need in the market for products that serve both sides of the ecosystem. In the customer conversations I am having it is mind boggling to hear and see how little technology has helped both doctors and patients. 

Furthermore the opportunity has allowed me to create a Lean culture from the start. It’s been exciting to see how things have come together the last 8 or 9 weeks. I am consulting with a small company that has been willingly to embrace my philosophy. We recently launched our concierge MVP. Its going to be exciting to see the path this takes on the next few weeks.

> What do you like most -and least – about being a product manager?

As cliche say as it sounds I love my customers and my team. I love the excitement I feel when I’ve tapped into something painful during a customer conversation. In the healthcare industry its the best kind of pain too. Some of these doctors don’t even realize their pain.

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I think the least enjoyable part of being a product manager right now is having to cultivate the data myself. Right now we have a hacked together product using web resources like vimeo and wufoo to do the work. Trying to compile that data into meaningful reports is time consuming!

I love the data, but even at the smaller startups I’ve worked at I’ve been able to work with a BI person. Right now its a manual process for my team and I, trust me its not easy!

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of March 22, 2014)

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Senior Product Manager, Marketing Solutions @ American Hospital Association / Health Forum (Chicago)
Keywords: advertising, marketing, product development, product management, strategy
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=957&lf=twf

Senior Product Manager, Coding Insights @ American Hospital Association / Health Forum (Chicago)
Keywords: coding, content, medical, product, strategy
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=958&lf=twf

Product Manager @ ServiceChannel (New York, NY)
Keywords: Analyst, Process, Product, Requirements, Software
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=795&lf=twf

Product Manager (Video) @ Spongecell (New York)
Keywords: Advertising, media, tv, vast, Video
http://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=959&lf=twf

TBPP2013: Adrian Jank on “Getting to Here”

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Over the coming weeks I will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Adrian Jank  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Adrian truly The Best Product Person of 2013.

Getting to Here…

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

TBPP-Winner-2013Roger McAulay: In my first true product management role I was fortunate enough to work with a great CTO who really taught me how to build relationship building throughout the organization and how to make my relationships with developers more impactful. I’ve taken with me throughout my career. I’ve been able to take that philosophy and apply it across functional areas (marketing, design, executives, etc). 

Gothelf/Will Evans: Both are the thought leaders in the Lean UX. I was lucky enough to be on one of the first teams to be practicing Lean UX. The team itself was a hypothesis and it forced all of us out of our comfort zones and silos. It forced me to become a better facilitator. Product Management became less about owning the customer and creating ideas. Instead it became more about representing the customer and navigating the team towards potential value.

Growing Up Military: Another key attribute, there isn’t really a person attributed to it, that has shaped my career is how I grew up. My dad was in the Military. I moved around a lot and was exposed to a lot of different experiences and ecosystems. Learning how to get past being the new kid really taught be a lot about being empathetic. Empathy is a key trait in great product managers. Not to mention moving in the Military teaches you how to prioritize. Imagine being a kid and being told you get to fill one box(not a big one either) that will arrive within a few days after you move, all the other stuff you want will come 3-6 weeks later! 

> How did you decide to become a product manager?

After 1 semester of CS and calculus I realized programming wasn’t for me. However I knew I wanted to be in technology, and I enjoyed working with people. I changed my major and focused more on project management. Eventually this led me to  NYC and a hybrid project management/product management role at a startup. I quickly realized I loved the process of interacting with  people and defining the solution that this role afforded me. I decided this was my career.  This was before the startup craze hit New York City and no one really knew what a Product Manager.

I eventually turned this into my first full fledged product management role at a startup. I was green, but threw myself in it and loved it from the minute I got started and I’ve been a product manager ever since.\

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

Right now its knowing that I could latch on to a big enough problem that I can really make an impact in someone’s life. Healthcare is such a personal experience, and the ecosystem is finally ready to let technology help make healthcare a better experience for everyone.

Also the joy of getting to build something from scratch with a fairly blank agenda. Unless you are founding your own company, it’s rare when you get these types of opportunities. It’s really pushing my own capabilities and allowing me to experiment with my own practice of Lean.

Nominate TBPP 2014 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 2014 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-2014/

Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013!

Subscribe now (click here) to make sure you don’t miss any part of this series exploring The Best Product Person of 2013, 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 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

Innovation, Validately, and Spring Time Fun!

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SummitService-Logo2013-Final-LRG-WEB
balsamiq_logo2_thumb263333
sunshine_suites_logo
RymaLogoHighRes257_thumb5222

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

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

Featured Product: Validately
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from lean to name changes
(thanks to Steven Cohn)

Innovation
from structuring to measuring

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, April 3rd @ 7PM
RSVP Now!
 

Stay tuned for more announcements about April’s Featured Product, Vidaao.

tpj-logo-w_lkwAnd, don’t forget to check out our new job board exclusively dedicated to Product jobs!Visit  http://TheProductJobs.com and happy hunting!
TPM-Short3-Logo4If you are interested in being a Product Mentor or seeking Product Management Mentorship…

Visit http://TheProductMentor.com and
Sign-up today!

Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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