The Best Product Person of 2013 Announced!

TBPP2013_alt-abrv-114 On Thursday, February 6th, the 4th annual winner of The Best Product Person (TBPP) was announced at The Product Group!

This year saw such record turnout the official announcement was moved from January to February to allow us enough time to carefully consider the flood of 100+ nominations from all around the world!  Again, many received multiple nods for recognition in excellence in Product Management!TBPP-Winner-2013-373

The Product Guy & The Product Group are very pleased to announce The Best Product Person of 2013 is Adrian Jank!

Adrian Jank’s career in product management and entrepreneurship led him to spearhead efforts in agile methodology and product strategy with multiple Internet startups, including,,,, Bloomberg LP, Zingy, BurnLounge, and Borderfree. He volunteers his time with First Person American, a non-profit initiative that explores stories of modern immigrants in the US. He studied Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts, and has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Old Dominion University. Adrian has a strong competitive background in triathlons, skiing and distance running. Endurance sports fuel Adrian’s passion to succeed in the most grueling training session on the track, in the pool, on the bike, or on the slopes, which help prepare him for the most demanding days at the “office.” He is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader at universities. Adrian also bakes the world’s best red velvet cupcakes. For more about his work, visit or connect with him on


Only under extraordinary circumstances do we award a runner-up — where product excellence is clearly displayed and proximity to TBPP is especially close.  This year, join us in also congratulating the TBPP Runner-up, Matthew Smith of Shutterstock!

Matthew is currently the General Manager of, a subsidiary of Shuttertsock, the largest global image marketplace. Prior to running Offset, he was the Director of New Products at Shutterstock, where he lead the company’s video, mobile, and new product strategy. Previously he was a Senior Product Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the world’s leading expert network, where he built and ran the company’s survey and Q&A business.

More to Come

Over the coming weeks we will be speaking with and learning more from Adrian Jank and Matthew Smith. 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!  This year, the first nominator of Adrian received a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.comNominate your pick for The Best Product Person right now!

And, don’t forget, take a moment and congratulate The Best Product Person of 2013: Adrian Jank. (tweet)


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 ( and The Product Group (

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

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. ( )


This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of February 15, 2014)


Product Manager @ (New York City)
Keywords: Agile, Enterprise, Growth, SaaS, UX

Product Management Excellence, VenueBook, and Marching on!


Congratulations to Adrian Jank, The Best Product Person of 2013! Join me in congratulating @adrianjank on winning The Best Product Person of 2013!! #tbpp (tweet)


Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest RECORD-BREAKING 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…

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

Featured Product: VenueBook
exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from search to not giving it away
(thanks to Kelsey Recht)

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, March 6th @ 7PM

Stay tuned for more announcements about March’s Featured Product, ProdThink.

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

Visit and
Sign-up today!


Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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

This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of February 8, 2014)


Director, New Platforms @ Viacom – Nickelodeon Digital (NYC) (New York)
Keywords: digital

User Experience Design & Development Lead @ AC Lion (New York, NY)
Keywords: ecommerce, Entertainment, Usability, user experience, UX

From Time to Stakeholder Management

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Becky Yelland, lead a conversation around “Time and Stakeholder Management”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today!

View the live stream…


About The Product Mentor

The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…

Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals…

  • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats
  • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community
  • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A

Signup to be a Mentor Today!

Throughout the program, each mentor leads a conversation in an area of their expertise that is live streamed and available to both mentee and the broader product community.

Meet the mentors…

PictureBecky Yelland
Senior News Product Manager, Thomson Reuters

Becky is an experienced Product Management Strategist with over a decade of experience across a wide spectrum of sectors and industries. With specialist knowledge and experience in Financial News Products, SaaS for professional services, Personal Media publishing apps and TV Media Product Strategy and Management. With a proven track record in defining a product suite/proposition in a sales driven B2B organisation through to being core lead for the operational readiness on a UK wide consumer product delivery. Becky has also shown a proficiency in recruiting/defining strong product teams, coaching and training new to the role PMs as well as adapting the soft skills of product management methodology to each new channel, end user type and content area.
Becky is a strong leader whose strengths include; product strategy,  product management methodology and process, concept development, creating and communicating a strategic vision, owning a Business Units P&L, defining business strategies and creating business cases for products as well as being proficient in creating new and re defining product mangement and launch processes, improving efficiency and cross organisation communication, managing stakeholders and board level expectations, line management coaching and mentoring.
• Thirteen years of product and team management experience
• Nine years of Product Management Experience, 3 at a senior management level
• MA in Interactive Media

PictureBeth Temple
Digital Product / Business Consultant, bethtemple4u llc

Beth Temple has been building new digital products since 1994 for companies like Target, HBO, and Wells Fargo. During that time she learned a lot about why products fail and how to build successful products that grow markets and revenue. She founded and named her firm, bethemple4u llc, to emphasize the ‘embedding’ nature of her approach to building new digital products with internal teams. Her work for Credit Suisse HOLT – defining, developing and deploying a transformative global online platform – resulted in a MIT/Sloan case study. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of (a Google Ventures backed business) and mentors at two accelerators in NYC (eRoundTable Accelerator and Women Innovate Mobile).

PictureCalvin Chu
Senior Technology Licensing Officer, Columbia Technology Ventures

Calvin Chu is a maker, gadget nerd, entrepreneur and product guy.  He’s currently in charge of commercializing Columbia University’s computer technology portfolio into products and companies.  At the start of his career, he entered product management by way of an engineering background in the Silicon Valley.  He’s worked on enterprise infrastructure products that are now part of Compuware, Goldman Sachs, Williams Energy.  As part of his startup career, products he designed have been integrated into MacOS X, and deployed to thousands of locations around the world.  His last company, Mobile Crossing focused on hardware for consumer electronics, agriculture, government/municipal, and tourism markets.

PictureRaviv Turner
VP Product, TapInfluence

Raviv brings over 13 years of product management and startup experience, building profitable, consumer and business software products. In his current role as VP of Product at TapInfluence, Raviv is leading a team of talented engineers, designers and product people out of Boulder, CO, building the first influencer marketing SaaS + marketplace for top brands and agencies looking to connect with online influencers. Previously Raviv was the Co-Founder & CEO of Guerillapps, a NYC based, social gaming startup. Raviv graduated from the Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University.

PictureDavid Shoenberger
Product Innovation Specialist

Award-winning product management, marketing and business operations innovator with deep digital/mobile experience at both start-up and Fortune 500 alike. Recognized for passionate leadership, results-orientation, customer-centric mindset, creativity, and a very wicked humor. A tireless, strategy-minded executive (equally adept at execution) my professional ambition is to help people lead better lives in a technology-enabled world.

PictureAdrienne Tan
CEO, Brainmates

In 2004, Adrienne Tan co-founded Brainmates with Nick Coster. As the Brainmates CEO, Adrienne draws on 20 years of senior Product Management experience gained at The Microsoft Network, Telstra BigPond and AUSTAR. Adrienne has a Masters of Economics (Social Science) with distinction from The University of Sydney. She majored in Industrial Relations in her undergraduate degree. Her other academic pursuits include lecturing at the University of Technology Sydney in Information and Interaction Design and co-authoring a chapter in the book Digital Experience Design. Adrienne recently contributed to two Product Management books; 42 Rules of Product Management and the 42 Rules of Product Marketing.

PictureSteve Cohn
Founder and CEO, ProdThink

I try hard to be a good father, husband and entrepreneur.”  That summarizes me well.  Professionally, I am a multiple time founder who sold both prior startups (to LivingSocial and TripAdvisor).  I have also held corporate jobs at Merrill Lynch, DoubleClick, IBM and Quantcast.  But my strength is in innovation, the Lean approach to product development and the managing ups and downs of early stage products.  I also have an MBA from Harvard.

PictureAri Tiktin
Head of Product, Healthgen Neonatal

Ari is an award-winning executive who has led cross-functional teams to launch dozens of multiscreen products for premier consumer brands. He is currently the product head for a healthcare startup aiming to introduce innovative solutions to help parents with young children. Previously, Ari launched WebMD’s mobile web business and grew it to 23+ million monthly unique visitors. Prior to that, he launched Discovery Mobile which included two-dozen mobile web sites, smartphone and tablet applications.

PictureAdrian Chernoff
Director of Digital Innovation, Wilshire Axon

Adrian Chernoff helps organizations articulate new products and leads teams to focus and deliver what’s next.  Beginning from market insight and the simplification of an idea to sell-in and execution across organizations, Adrian brings together executives, engineers, designers and marketers to make it possible. Honored with over 20 awards and 89 patents, he has made an impact at inventing future transpiration at General Motors, launching consumer digital products at Eastman Kodak and creating rides at Disney. As a consultant he has developed office products for Staples, provided novel methods to sell luxury at the The Gucci Group, created digital connectivity solutions for Madison Square Garden and strategized digital health products for Equinox. Adrian balances left and right-brain thinking to visualize and strategize new opportunities as well as lead programs in building and launching new products and services.



Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy