Many say corporations will own the next wave of product innovation. Organizations must learn from the lightning speed of start-ups, adopt their natural proficiency in rapid experimentation, and be user obsessed. Embracing modern, design thinking product development will empower companies to solve their customer’s biggest challenges by creating beautifully loved experiences.
My quest to identify and retain some of the best Silicon Valley and Alley product development practices has allowed me to inject that thinking into every product team and company I’ve been part of. The results…well, see for yourself.
When it comes to building successful products that customers love as well as establishing a product-driven culture that people flock to be a part of, several functional leadership skills are needed.
Product leaders have the unique responsibility of communicating the ‘true north’ vision and direction for the organization. It’s this effective strategic thinking that serves as the source of passion that the team will continually feed off of. Great products are also the result of a collaborative team effort. Cross-functional leadership reinforces key stakeholder alignment around the organization’s most important goals.
And as a leader, I’m constantly assessing my strengths as well as identifying opportunities for improvement.
Kevin brings over 15 years of experience in strategy and product leadership roles at various stage startups in the health, fitness, and marketing industry. Currently he is the Director of Product Management for Disney Streaming Services, a division of The Walt Disney Company. There he is responsible for the product strategy and execution for their Sports Division. Prior to that he was Director of Product at ClassPass where he led several product teams responsible for creating the product strategy for their B2B marketplace, dynamic-pricing, integration platform, and their newly launched interactive streamed workout product called ClassPass Live.
Prior to ClassPass, Kevin has held numerous product and business leadership roles at Yodle, Deal Current Network, and Active Network. He’s personally been part of several high-growth company exists, from an IPO, co-founding and selling media e-commerce startup, and acquisition by a publicly traded company.
He also currently volunteers at Cornell Tech as an advisor for their executive Product Studio program in addition to advising several startups.