Product Q&A with Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

About:

Jeff is the Director of Product Management (Revenue) at Tinder, where he leads revenue products including Tinder Gold, Tinder Plus, a la carte purchases, and advertising. In September, Tinder became the top grossing iOS app in the world.

He is also the founder of Chapter One Ventures, an early stage seed fund that focuses on subscription products and mobile apps.

Prior to Tinder & Chapter One Ventures, Jeff led Growth and User Acquisition at Zaarly, a local services marketplace backed by Kleiner Perkins.

Jeff was a finalist for Product Hunt’s “Maker of the Year” in 2015.

He holds a BA in English from UCLA, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Kenneth Berger

Kenneth Berger

About:

Kenneth Berger has spent 10+ years leading tech products through the full product lifecycle. He was the first product manager at Slack, responsible for the core product through its growth from 100k to 1M+ daily users.

He co-founded YesGraph (backed by Accel Partners, Founder Collective, NextView Ventures, and others) and built it from a nascent idea to a launched product in active usage by companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, and others. At Adobe, he helped build some of its first SaaS products, managed the $100M+ Dreamweaver business, and drove critical acquisitions including Typekit, Omniture, and Behance. He also work with the portfolios of several venture capital firms and accelerators (First Round Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Acceleprise) as a product management advisor/mentor. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Howie Liu

Howie Liu

About: Howie Liu is the co-founder and CEO of collaboration platform Airtable, which is used by over 30,000 organizations including Airbnb, Buzzfeed, Condé Nast, Pinterest, Tesla, and others. Airtable has raised $10M from investors including CRV, Caffeinated Capital, Freestyle Capital, Founder Collective, Data Collective, CrunchFund, Box Group, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Mahaffey (CTO of Lookout), Joshua Reeves (CEO of Gusto), Ilya Sukhar (CEO of Parse), and Eric Wu (CEO of Opendoor).

At age 20, Howie co-founded the YC and SV Angel-backed CRM company Etacts, which was acquired by Salesforce within a year. There, he lead the social CRM product, including partnerships with LinkedIn and Twitter. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Spenser Skates

Spenser Skates

About: Spenser is the co-founder and CEO of Amplitude, a product analytics company that helps businesses understand their users’ behavior so they can build better products.

Founded in 2012 and backed by Battery Ventures and Benchmark Capital, Amplitude is the analytics solution of choice for companies who want to leverage user data to build better products. Amplitude works with leading product and growth teams including Microsoft, Venmo, Square, and Hubspot.

Spenser founded Amplitude in 2012 after first building an Android app with his co-founder and discovering that the available analytics solutions couldn’t give them the user insights they needed.  Before that,Spenserworked as an algorithmic trader with DRW Trading Group and studied Bioengineering at MIT. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Jess Lee

Jess Lee

About: Jess Lee is an investing partner at Sequoia Capital and is the venture capital firm’s first female partner in the U.S. in 44 years of operation.

Previously, she was the CEO of Polyvore – a journey she likes to call “unusual.” When she was at Google, she became obsessed with using Polyvore and sent in detailed user feedback through e-mail to the original co-founder. This resulted in her joining Polyvore as a product manager and eventually rising to VP of Product to honorary co-founder / CEO.

Before Polyvore, she was a protégé of Marissa Mayer in Google’s APM program where she rose to become the Product Manager for Google Maps.

Jess graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Josh Elman

Josh Elman

About: Josh Elman is a Partner at Greylock Partners who invests in entrepreneurs building social networks and platforms, mobile apps, new media, and connected devices.

He joined the team in 2011 and invests in entrepreneurs building new consumer products and services. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to more than 100 million users.

Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched v1 of LinkedIn Jobs. Josh also held roles leading product management for Zazzle, and product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks. Continue Reading