[Event] PDMA: Product Management: Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Best Practices

November 20, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events
PDMA Boston Chapter 



Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Best Practices


A Workshop for Product Development and Management Professionals
Please join fellow Boston area product professionals for an evening of networking and roundtable discussions to share ideas and best practices about product development and innovation.  Local PDMA members have identified five topics for discussion that represent key issues faced by product organizations today.  With an interactive roundtable format we hope to uncover new ideas and strategies to meet these challenges.  The format for the evening will allow attendees to participate in a lively discussion at two of the product roundtables.

Our roundtable topics and discussion leaders include:

1.                          Building a product innovation culture and helping the organization embrace it. Frank Citrone, VP Business & Product Development, Boston Financial Data Services

2.                          Strategic ideation to maximize the value of the innovation pipeline. Jed Cahill, Director Strategy Consulting, ipCapital Group

3.                          Tailoring product development approaches as circumstances change.  Justin Harper, VP Product Management & Business Development, Open Water Power Inc.

4.                          Building post-sales priorities into the new product development process. Rodger Reis, Manager, PwC Advisory

5.                          Strategies for market incumbents to cope with industry disruption.   Benjamin Little, Senior Director, Innovation, Sutherland Global Services

Event Date: December 2, 2013

Location: Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Directions: http://bit.ly/1Jw4I3  


6:00 – 6:30 PM: Registration and Networking

6:30 – 7:15 PM: First Roundtable Discussion

7:15 – 8:00 PM: Second Roundtable Discussion




PDMA Members: $25 (Early bird through Monday Nov. 25th); $30 (Standard)
Non-Members: $35 (Early bird through Monday Nov. 25th); $40 (Standard)
Students: $10

Join our online community to register for upcoming events, connect with other local product developers, and much, much more!

[EC/RC Recruiting] Opportunities at Google

November 9, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events

Google Student Opportunities – Fall 2013

Google is focused on providing students with the ability to work on the same cool things that Googlers work on. Read down for internships and full-time opportunities in the US for MBA students.

Internship Opportunities (2015 Grads)

Google’s MBA summer internship is a robust program that is intended to find and develop MBA talent early and hire top performers into full-time positions. Summer internships for MBA and other business-focused graduate students are 10-12 weeks long and are offered in a range of functions across the company. Take a look at life for a Google intern in the Real Internship Video.

Full-Time Opportunities (2014 Grads)

  • Product ManagerThe Product Management team works closely with our engineers to guide products from conception to launch, and with our business partners to generate profitable revenue streams. As part of the Product Management team, you bridge technical and business worlds as you design technologies with creative and prolific engineers and then zoom out to lead matrix teams such as Sales, Marketing and Finance, to name a few. BA/BS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a related technical field required.
  • Financial OperationsThe Finance Operations team manages Google’s cash transactions on a global basis and ensures that Google’s incoming and outgoing cash processes are controlled, effective and efficient. As a member of this team, you’ll find innovative ways to manage our complex set of transactions. You thrive on making processes more efficient and scalable, you work to ensure the highest level of quality of our operations and you proactively minimize operational risk. Externally, you collaborate with our outsourcing partners and internally, you collaborate across the five areas of the Financial Operations team: Global Revenue Operations, Procure to Pay, Electronic Payment Services, Business Process Outsourcing, and Payroll.
  • gTech Technical Account Manager: gTech Publisher and Distribution Solutions (PDS) extends Google’s reach through distribution partners and enables search and display publishers to grow their business using Google’s monetization and platform products. As a Technical Account Manager, you are responsible for providing technical solutions and managing relationships with Google’s largest and most strategic online publishers. As a liaison between your clients and our technical staff, you flawlessly lead deployments, implementations and integrations of a variety of our product lines (such as Search, Mobile, Video and Commerce).
  • gTech Partner Technology Manager: Successful sales in today’s online advertising space require minds that can not only keep pace with rapid technological change, but stay one step ahead. As a Partner Technology Manager, you will lead cross-functional teams of Engineering, Sales, and Product management members to leverage emerging technologies for our customers. From design and conceptualization through to testing and deployment, you will oversee the technical execution and business operations of Google’s online advertising and platform partnerships.

Connect with us!

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[Event] Upcoming Tech Events in and around campus

November 9, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events
Pitch, Mix, and Match: Form Your Challenge Teams!

Organized by Harvard Innovation Lab

When Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 6:00PM
Where Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163
Check it out
Modern Application Development Leveraging the Cloud with Visual Studio 2013

Organized by Kris Lankford

When Thursday, Nov. 14th at 9:30AM
Where Hynes Convention Center , 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
Check it out
“Driving the Future Sustainable Collaborative Economy” Robin Chase

Organized by Graduate Women at MIT

When Thursday, Nov. 14th at 6:00PM
Where 32-155 (Stata Center), 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Check it out
Startup Secrets: Business Model

Organized by Harvard Innovation Lab

When Thursday, Nov. 14th at 6:00PM
Where Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163
Check it out
Babson Entrepreneurship Forum 2013

Organized by Babson Entrepreneurship Forum

When Friday, Nov. 15th at 8:30AM
Where Babson College , 231 Forest St, Wellesley, MA 02481
Check it out
Models of Organizing in the Arts Ecosystem

Organized by Harvard Innovation Lab

When Monday, Nov. 18th at 6:00PM
Where Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163
Check it out
Fake It Till You Make It

Organized by Harvard Innovation Lab

When Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 6:00PM
Where Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02163
Check it out
The Race Continues…the HBS New Venture Competition at the MassChallenge!

Organized by HBS Rock Center

When Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 6:30PM
Where MassChallenge, 1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA 02210
Check it out
MassConnect-Boston November networking event at Julep Bar

Organized by MassConnect

When Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 6:00PM
Where Julep Bar, 200 High St, Boston 02110
Check it out
Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces

Organized by Integris Performance Advisors

When Thursday, Nov. 21st at 8:30AM
Where Hyatt Regency Boston, 1 Ave De Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111
Check it out

Organized by Web Innovators Group + Mobile Monday

When Monday, Dec. 9th at 6:30PM
Where Royal Sonesta Cambridge, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142
Check it out
Critical Data Conference

Organized by Critical Data

When Tuesday, Jan. 7th 2014 at 8:00AM
Where Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Check it out
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[EC Job Opportunity] PM roles at Pocket Gems

November 9, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events

Have a passion for gaming and interested in a PM rolePocket Gems is hiring! Pocket Gems develops free-to-play mobile games that are ridiculously fun! Email your resume to Yunjie Ma if you are interested.

[Event] the HBS New Venture Competition at MassChallenge!

November 9, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events

The Race Continues…the HBS New Venture Competition at  MassChallenge!

Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30pm – MassChallenge

It’s not too late to look for cofounders or to join a team!  Here’s your second chance to find the yin to your yang.  The peanut butter to your jelly.  Yes, that’s right, it’s time to mix it up and start building your team for NVC!   Everyone will be in attendance, HBS students, our Harvard friends from all over the Cambridge and Boston community, as well as the local start-up community.   Will you???


p.s. If you want to pitch, definitely need to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9093489873

[Event] LIVE (from Batten) with our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence!

November 9, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events

LIVE (from Batten) with our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence!

Thursday, November 14 @ 3:30pm – Batten Hive 204

…Debating the latest start-up topics:

When is the right time to ask for $ from investors

Pros and cons of going solo

Does location really matter when building a start-up?

*written in tiny font, we reserve the right to change topics

Gordon Bloom, Russ Wilcox, Rudina Seseri, Jim Sharpe, David Hornik, and Jules Pieri.

Hear their personal stories, ask questions, hang out.

[Event] TechCrunch Boston Meetup

November 9, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by admin  |  Events

Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, dreamer or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the event, so we can give you free beer and hear your thoughts. Come one, come all. It’s sure to be a night to remember.

Pitch-Off Details
Participants interested in competing in the pitch-off will have 60 seconds to explain why their startup is awesome. These products must currently be in stealth or private beta.

November 13, 2013

Venue: The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl  Boston, MA 02116

Event runs from 6 PM – 10 PM


[EC JOB OPPORTUNITY + EVENT] JD.com info session and Management Training Program

October 15, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by admin  |  Events

JD.com is rising as a top e-Commerce company in China and this is the first cohort of their International Management Trainee program as part of their globalization strategy. So it will be very exciting. All students are welcome to our presentation:


When: 5-5:45pm Wed Oct 16th

Where: Aldrich 208

Who: Chief HR Officer and VP Financing from JD.com along with their team 


If you have any questions, please contact Sabrina at  liji@jd.com


See below for the bios of CHO and VP Financing and description and application procedures of the International Management Trainee program:


Rain Long

Ms. Long Yu has been the Chief Human Resources Officer & General Counsel in JD Group since August 2012. Before this, she was the Senior Vice President, Global Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in UTStarcom (UTSI) which is one of the listed companies in NASDAQ America, and owns abundant legal service experience for the United States’ listed companies and professional management ability in multinational company. Later, she was appointed as one of the three top executives for UTStarcom. Before joining UTStarcom, she used to be the Legal Director of the Asia-pacific Region and the main Management Personnel of China, for the listed Swiss company Myriad Group AG.

In addition, she has worked for the domestic listed company East come (East Communication CO., LTD), the CELLON which will go public in United States. She has accumulated rich experience in cross-cultural communication and management.

Ms. Long Yu graduated from Southwest University of Political Science & Law in China, as the major economic law, and she gained the EMBA degree as the “Outstanding Graduates” from CEIBS. Ms. Long Yu got the certificate as Registered Lawyer Qualification of China in 2000.


Zhang Yang

Zhang Yang is Vice President for JD Financing Group. Before joining JD, Zhang Yang worked as a senior consultant leading multiple business and information technology transformation programs for industry leaders. Zhang Yang has been working in global locations such as China, Europe and South East Asia countries.




Introduction of JD.com

JD(JD.com) is the largest B2C E-commerce company in China, with a market share of 43.9% in Q2, 2013. Along with 200% growth increase on Gross Merchandise Volume(GMV) in 10 consecutive years, JD grows 3 times faster than the industry average. Now it has over 100 million registered users, and 40 thousand suppliers and 30 thousand sellers. The average daily page views (PVs) are about 200 million, the average daily Unique Visitors (UVs) are about 15 million, and the number of orders per day is about 1 million.

We operated an extensive and highly-efficient distribution network, with 41 warehouses to provide same-day delivery in 25 cities and next-day delivery in another 154 cities across the country. Our technology platform is currently capable of processing at least one million orders per day and recording the status of 6.5 million SKUs.

Introduction of JD’s International Management Trainee Program

Commencing Management Trainee Program in China in 2007, JD has cultivated more than 300 domestic trainees for future leader reservation and some of them have already become part of company’s integral management team. Based on the rapid business expansion as well as global strategy, JD embarks on International Management Trainee Program in 2013 aimed to strengthen JD’s cultural diversity and develop young talents into future leaders. JD intends to select the best candidates (MBA & Masters preferred) who well understand JD’s “mission & vision & value” and carry JD’s ambition of becoming world-class company. During the program, the trainees will undergo intensive professional development, incorporating on-the-job training and assignments to different projects inbound and outbound.

The benefits of working at JD include innovative projects, passionate people and a truly global business atmosphere. At JD we provide a supportive working environment, and a range of development opportunities and challenges. We also offer competitive benefits and compensation packages designed to attract and to retain the very best. JD is proud to promote an open culture, encouraging people to be themselves and giving their ideas a chance to flourish.

What are we looking for?

  • - Master degree or above with excellent academic performance, MBA degree preferred
  • - Fluent in English & Chinese
  • - Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; ability to influence without direct control using
  • - high-energy, team-first, positive attitude: be motivated to work hard in a fast-paced environment
  • - ability to be highly productive with limited oversight on day to day basis; ability to work with tight deadlines

How is the program designed?

  • - Rotation in key functions (e.g. sales and marketing, corporate development) to gain an overview of our entire business operation and value supply chain
  • -Individual Development Plan tracking your career trajectory
  • - One on One Mentorship: with top executives
  • - Assignments in global certain projects along with JD’s global expansion
  • - Broaden your view of China’s E-commerce industry as well as global E-commerce industry
  • - After the rotation, every trainee is able to outline his/her preference to develop his/her career further; some of them will be assigned to explore overseas business in accordance with the personal preference.
  • - Competitive compensation

[Job Opportunity] Andreessen Horowitz Consumer or Enterprise Partner

October 10, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by admin  |  Events

Andreessen Horowitz, the VC fund, is hiring another investment team member. “Partner” is equiv to Associate/Principal at AH so they’re looking for folks with 1-5 yrs relevant experience.

Consumer or enterprise partner at Andreessen Horowitz

We’re growing our venture deal team. Deal partners work closely with the firm’s General Partners to find and assess venture-stage investments, both enterprise and consumer. Do you dream about startups at night and do cohort analysis for fun? Do your friends call you when they want advice on whether to join a particular startup because you have the most insight? Want to help find the next Facebook or Nicira? If so, send your resume to jobs.research@a16z.com and get ready to share your best 3 investing ideas.

Consumer or Enterprise Partner

Andreessen Horowitz, a high technology venture capital firm, has an immediate opening for an investing & research partner focused primarily on startups building products & services for consumers.

Job Description

The Consumer or Enterprise Partner is a member of the firm’s deal & research team. (The firm is hiring for both roles.) The team’s primary goal is to build comprehensive knowledge around the tech ecosystem we can (1) source the most promising companies to consider for investment (2) enable the firm to make the best possible investment decisions and (3) share knowledge and best practices with portfolio companies to accelerate their journey to being world-class technology franchises.

To do this, the Consumer or Enterprise Partner will do the following:

  • Source investment opportunities. The partner will find promising investment opportunities in their domain by developing relationships with entrepreneurs, attending industry events, and cultivating university and corporate networks.
  • Develop a sharp investment point of view on categories and companies.  Why would we invest in a company? What creates the opportunity for an outsize return in a space? What market technology trends are creating disruptions and therefore investing opportunities?
  • Lead comprehensive diligence. The Consumer or Enterprise Partner will lead diligence on investment opportunities. They will provide a comprehensive view of the company’s people, products, technologies, go-to-market plan, competitive position, and anything else relevant to making an investment decision. They will combine their the firm’s collective knowledge with insight from subject matter experts to develop an overall recommendation on whether to invest or not—and what valuation to assign our investment.
  • Understand what the big companies are doing. The Consumer or Enterprise Partner will maintain a set of “pick up the phone” relationships with the key people (across product, business development, marketing and sales) in the most important big companies. The Consumer or Enterprise Partner will meet regularly with these people to understand what the big companies are building and buying, what they are leaving as white space for startups, and how they plan & executive M&A.
  • Attend industry conferences, events, and Webinars. The Consumer or Enterprise Partner will attend relevant industry events to extract and share deal flow and insight with the rest of the firm.
  • Subject matter expert network. The Consumer or Enterprise Partner will continuously grow & nurture the firm’s network of subject matter experts.
  • Present points of view about industry trends and best practices. The Consumer or Enterprise Partner will prepare impactful presentations for a variety of audiences including the firm’s Limited Partners, business development and product managers at companies throughout the tech ecosystems, and press/analysts.

Ideal Candidate Background

The ideal candidate will look like this:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics or other technical field. Alternatively, proven analytical capabilities and an intuitive sense evaluating products would be useful skills.
  • 1–5 years experience working in a variety of high tech companies as a product manager, product marketing manager, or business development manager; alternatively equivalent experience working at a consulting firm (e.g., McKinsey, BCG), industry analyst firm (e.g., Gartner, The451, Forrester) or investment bank focused on the technology industry
  • Deep understanding of the startup ecosystem, the history of the technology (especially software) industry
  • Genuine intellectual curiosity, the ability to learn new facts and concepts quickly and comprehensively, then explain those facts & concepts to other people succinctly
  • Proven communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to synthesize complex information, form a sharp point of view, and communicate it in a relevant way to different audiences
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through
  • Ability to juggle multiple items and work on tight deadlines
  • Desire and ability to learn new domains and technologies quickly
  • Energetic “can-do” attitude

Compensation and Career Path

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. This job is one of the best possible preparations for building your own startup, as you’ll build a deep understanding of industry dynamics and see how one of the Valley’s most respected venture capital firms evaluates startups.

[Fellowship Opportunity] Kleiner Perkins PM Fellowship Program

October 10, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by admin  |  Events

Product Fellows Program

The KPCB Product Fellows Program is open to outstanding U.S. undergraduate or graduate students who will complete their studies in 2014. We’re seeking graduates with degrees in computer science, engineering, math, physics or other fields related to software engineering. Because we believe that a great product manager sits at the intersection of business, technology, and design, applicants with additional, or joint, degrees in design, business or other relevant fields are highly encouraged. The application will be open from Oct. 3, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2013.




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