About

I am currently the VP of Product at Axial, a network for connecting medium-sized businesses with capital providers and buyers, overseeing product management, engineering and design. Prior to Axial, I was CEO of Neo, a product innovation consulting firm that was acquired by Pivotal. At Neo, I worked with the Mayo Clinic, Time Inc, American Express and many others to help them test and build innovation programs or new digital business lines.

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My ecclectic background covers multiple software and Internet startups, and includes dalliances in the art world and doing technology M&A investment banking.

I wrote Talking to Humans, with the help of NYU’s Frank Rimalovski. Talking to Humans is a practical guide to customer development has been read by over 20,000 people and is core reading for entrepreneurship classes at Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, NYU and many others. I also write and speak a lot on product management. Popular pieces include a guide to good product management and what was probably the first writeup of “lean product management.”

I’m a maker at heart, and usually have some sort of side project going where I can keep my hands dirty. Right now it is Jotto.

In 2010, I was the inaugural winner of the “Product Person of the Year” award, created by The Product Group meetup. I also built NYC’s lean startup meetup to almost 5,000 people over 5 years.

Most of my blog covers startup, product management, and design topics.

I also have a food blog at The Constable’s Larder. One of these days, I’ll have to start painting seriously again.

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