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I build digital products.

I am currently a Senior Product Manager at JibJab in Venice, CA.  I am the product lead for JibJab's children brand called StoryBots. I oversee product development for both the mobile app and web teams. I have 5+ years of tech startup experience and believe in the MVP approach of shipping early and often.  My experience is below. A collection of work can be found in my portfolio (password required). 

Design + Spec

Create PRD, wireframe, prototype, interface design.

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Omnigraffle
  • Balsamiq
  • HTML/CSS

Ship

Product owner in agile/scrum environments.

  • JIRA
  • Trello
  • FogBugz
  • Redmine

Optimize

Monitor KPIs, split/multivariate testing.

  • Google Analytics
  • Optimizely
  • Localytics
  • Leanplum
  • Tableau

Current Position

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Senior Product Manager at JibJab
JAN 2012 - PRESENT
Venice, CA
digital entertainment

(Promoted from PM to Senior PM in August 2013)

JibJab is comprised of multiple brands. I work on StoryBots, a mobile-focused subscription business for children.

  • Product lead of the StoryBots brand, comprised of two separate tech/product teams: mobile (currently 14 apps live) and web (storybots.com). Manage weekly sprints for both teams as Product Owner. Prioritize backlog in Agile environment using JIRA. 
  • Product Owner of four mobile apps and six web apps shipped in the past year. 
  • Managed development of above apps from idea to live product. Created user flow diagrams and PRDs, collaborated with UX designers to develop interface and worked alongside engineers during development, QA and user testing.
  • Product lead of StoryBots API development. The API allows user account data and membership status to seamlessly flow back and forth between StoryBots' 14 mobile apps and website.
  • Monitor brand KPIs (registered users, subscription purchase) using Google Analytics and Tableau. Work to improve conversion rates by running weekly split/multivariate tests of each product's funnel. Web testing is run using Optimizely and app testing using Localytics and Leanplum.
  • Work alongside executive team to define quarterly and yearly goals. Lead weekly performance review meeting with executive team.

Past Experience

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Product Manager at Ask for a Deal
DEC 2010 - DEC 2011
Santa Monica, CA
local deals
  • Internally promoted by Jason Calacanis within Mahalo to launch and manage site.
  • Defined product requirements through two major release cycles and managed product roadmap in agile/Scrum environment. Prioritized backlog through     constant A/B testing and user feedback.
  • Designed site interface and user flow. This included deep integration with Twitter and Facebook through their APIs as well as Amazon and PayPal for deal transactions.
  • Monitored KPIs and met weekly with CEO and President to report progress.
  • Drove traffic through SEO, SEM, Facebook Ads and social media marketing.

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Product Manager, Community at Mahalo
DEC 2009 - DEC 2010
Santa Monica, CA
user-generated content
  • Product owner of the tools and processes that supported the content creation team comprised of 100+ remote writers/editors.
  • Designed and wireframed improvements to internal products used for recruit, train, evaluate and pay writers. Worked alongside engineers in agile/Scrum environment during development.
  • Interacted with community members on regular basis to improve site experience. Used bug tracking software (Pivotal Tracker and FogBugz) to track and prioritize bug fixes.

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Marketing Manager at EDT
FEB 2007 - SEP 2009
Portsmouth, NH
enterprise data security
  • Given broad responsibility and authority in this fast paced startup company.
  • Researched market needs, determined competitive weaknesses and created messaging for company website, email campaigns and marketing materials.
  • Designed and coded HTML emails, banner ads and interactive website tutorials.  
  • Managed website updates, SEO optimization and social media presence.

Side Projects

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side project
Cofounder of SmackTweets
AUG 2011 - JAN 2012
tweet curation

SmackTweets no longer live. See the pitch deck and screenshots of product.

  • Created site with technical cofounder to create a better experience to consume the real time web around defined verticals. The MVP product focused on the NFL vertical.
  • Site aggregated tweets of 2,000+ NFL "insiders" (every active player, coach, team staff, pundit and beat writer), provided context of who each "insider" was around their tweets and then surfaced the best conversations and media they shared in real time.
  • Wireframed and designed site's UX. Built site in Django and used Twitter's Bootstrap for front-end.

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just for fun
Host for ThisWeekIn Social Media at ThisWeekIn
MAR 2010 - OCT 2010
Santa Monica, CA
web TV network

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just for fun
Writer at The Next Web
JUN 2009 - MAY 2010
top tech blog
  • Wrote about consumer tech startups and cloud technology.
  • Had posts appear on the front page of Techmeme, Hacker News and Digg.

Education

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B.A. Economics from Colby College
JAN 2003 - DEC 2006
Waterville, ME
  • B.A International Economics with Finance minor.
  • Dean's List student - graduated with 3.43 GPA.
  • Played football. New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team from 2004 - 2006 and All-Conference team in 2005.