How Technical does a Product Manager need to be?
23

Wednesday, 23 January

6 8 pm MST

GA Denver @ Industry RiNo Station

3858 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Colorado Product logo
DRY Soda Co.  logo
Oskar Blues  logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

How Technical does a Product Manager need to be?

James Heimbuck Photo


Product Manager, SendGrid

Chris Downard Photo


Director of Software Engineering, Granicus

Lindsey Thrift Photo


Product Manager at Pivotal Labs, Pivotal

Sharayah Cook Photo


VP of Product Management at AppThis

Michael Lynch Photo


Chief Operating Officer, Homebot

23

Wednesday, 23 January

6 8 pm MST

GA Denver @ Industry RiNo Station

3858 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Colorado Product logo
DRY Soda Co.  logo
Oskar Blues  logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

There are various levels of technicality required at companies and within product management roles. Whether you are in a non-technical product role or a tech-heavy product role, join Colorado Product & General Assembly on Wednesday, January 23rd as our panelists discuss:

  • The difference between a product manager, a technical product manager, and the space in between
  • Growth opportunities to become a more technical-focused product manager
  • Tech trends and how they impact your roadmap and drive innovation
  • A product manager’s role in understanding and addressing technical challenges
  • The benefits and pitfalls of a technical product manager
  • Influencing your development team without a technical background

Agenda:

  • 6:00-6:30 Arrive and connect with fellow product managers
  • 6:30-7:30 Panel
  • 7:30-8:00 Network and discuss panel
  • By RSVPing for this event, all names and emails will be shared with Colorado Product.

    About the Panelists

    James Heimbuck Photo

    Product Manager,
    SendGrid

    James has worked in and around Denver for the past 14 years in B2B and B2C Product Management roles at companies such as Webroot Software, Craftsy and HomeAdvisor. In his current role at Sendgrid he is working with the company's Tech Ops teams to deliver platforms and services to enable the delivery teams at Sendgrid to create and deliver code for Sendgrid's 70,000 customers.

    Chris Downard Photo

    Director of Software Engineering,
    Granicus

    As a former electronic retail chain manager turned developer turned director of software engineering, Chris Downard is an expert in all levels of technical work, with the management experience to understand how technical implications affect business decisions and partner relationships in an agile environment. He leads a national team of developers focused on making government business processes better at Granicus, a government software portfolio company based in Denver, Colorado.

    Lindsey Thrift Photo

    Product Manager at Pivotal Labs,
    Pivotal

    Lindsey is particularly keen on working on tech-enabled, mission driven businesses, I believe technology offers opportunity and accessibility, but that the best tech is built by thriving teams. My early career path seemingly wandered from social services through economic development and ultimately landed in the start-up, tech space where my skills and passions have come together to make me a dynamic strategy leader.

    When I'm not "doing my day job", you can find me advising other start-ups, getting creative in the kitchen, putting some sweat equity into my fixer upper with my husband, or adventuring in the mountains.

    Sharayah Cook Photo

    VP of Product Management at AppThis

    Sharayah has led product and project management teams in Colorado for the last 6 years, with experience with low latency, high availability, and complex products like B2B advertising platforms. Her passion for collaboration and organizational efficiency has led her to partner closely with engineers to scale their tech teams as well as product portfolios. When she's not working, Sharayah spends time exploring the mountains with her husband, volunteering as a CASA, and enjoying all the Denver food and beverage scene has to offer.

    Michael Lynch Photo

    Chief Operating Officer,
    Homebot

    Michael has almost thirty years of product management, software development and operational management experience in high-tech software. He's old enough to have built client/server apps and his first real startup was a web-based bank-statement app (for Wells Fargo and Swiss Bank) on the first generation web technologies of the mid-90's. He's been a founder or senior management in six Colorado-born startups but began his career in the corporate world in Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. He's been fortunate enough to have had some very real startup successes and even more fortunate to have have some spectacular failures, too. Lately, he carries the COO badge for Homebot but "Product" has always been his DNA.

    About Our Partners

    Colorado Product

    Colorado Product is a professional organization founded with a goal of establishing Colorado as the hub of technology product management. Through speaker and panel-based educational events, community development and networking, generation and proliferation of great content, and identification of career opportunities Colorado Product aims to continue the development of great products and product management professionals that the Colorado region is fostering. The rapidly growing and increasingly successful tech startup communities in Denver, Boulder and across the state would not be possible without the product management professionals that their member companies employ. Colorado Product seeks to continue celebrating these successes and facilitating future ones.

    DRY Soda Co.

    DRY Soda Company creates beautifully flavored, lightly sweet sodas, made with just a handful of ingredients. Founded in Seattle in 2005 by a mother of four, DRY’s products honor the real flavors of fruit, flowers, herbs, and spices. With a commitment to simple ingredients, artistry, community, and most of all, flavor, DRY Soda Company is showing the world that not all sodas are created equal.

    Oskar Blues

    In 2002, our funky little Colorado grown brew-pub started stuffing our huge, voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale in a can (Dale’s Pale Ale). That not only began the craft-beer-in-a-can craze, but has grown to add a brewery to the hills of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC and another in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX, in 2016. Cans keep beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen while being infinitely recyclable and portable…taking them where your next soul saving adventure takes you.

    Refund Policy

    We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

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