The Samelogic Podcasts

Tips and stories to help you on the path of becoming a better product leader.

Magda Pereira, Product Owner at OutSystems

At the low-code platform OutSystems, Magda serves as the Product Owner. She works on integrating AI into the OutSystems IDE to help speed up the programmer's work who creates OutSystems applications. Her most recent contribution makes it simpler for developers to execute complex searches by utilizing Language Understanding to automatically build queries to fetch data from databases. Before becoming a product owner, Magda held a position as a product designer.

Jake Taylor, Director of Product Design at JumpCloud

Jake has been a designer for 16 years. He has assisted organizations and teams in developing their UX practice capabilities. Additionally, Jake fosters and encourages the adoption of design best practices while inspiring and accelerating design innovation. He spends his free time reading, watching movies, and spending time with his two wonderful boys.

Myra Xiong, Principal Product Designer at Birdeye

Myra has been assisting local businesses in managing their customer experience for over five years as the Principal Product Designer at Birdeye. She enjoys mentoring other designers during her time here, overseeing the development and upkeep of their design systems, and creating and enhancing their product offerings. Myra enjoys spending time on various artistic endeavors outside of work, such as watercolor painting, brush writing, or origami.

Skyler Rexrode, Lead Product Manager at Quantcast

Skyler is in charge of enhancing the Quantcast platform's user experience. He combines his broad background in robotics and data visualization to create thoughtful choices for the user. Skyler's designs are influenced by various things, including his experience in the fast-paced world of advertising and his interest in skateboarding and street art.

Episode #32: Raitis Linde, Lead Designer at Toggl

Design facilitator, Raitis is on a quest to inspire group creativity. For more than ten years, he has worked with banking, energy, and telecommunications groups to develop internal processes and digital services. At Toggl, the design team is being mentored, developed, and supported to simplify time tracking and planning. He has training in systems analysis, human-centered design, and collaborative innovation.

Episode #31: Casey Bell, UI/UX Designer at RingCentral

At RingCentral, a company that offers cloud-based business communication and collaboration tools and services, Casey works as a UI/UX Designer. Casey oversaw information systems and technology at a nonprofit serving 800 ministries around Virginia for four years before switching to UX. There, she learned about business technology administration and how minor adjustments to a company's processes, communications, and design may significantly increase its efficiency. She likes to travel, go on vacations, and play pickup soccer in her spare time.

Episode #30: Romina Ideses, Senior Product Designer at Dailpad

Romina works as a Senior Product Designer for Dialpad, an AI-powered cloud-based software communications startup. She works on the Design Product team and is in charge of enhancing the user experience on all different types of devices. She formerly held positions at Despegar, the top provider of hotel and travel booking services, and PedidosYa, the top delivery app in Latin America. She graduated from The University of Buenos Aires with a degree in graphic design, and she is currently enrolled in a course on ontological coaching. She has always had a strong desire to create digital products, with an emphasis on the design system approach to create scalable solutions with stunning interfaces.

October 14th, 2022

Episode #29: Uri Ashi, Senior Product Designer at Gong.io

Uri Ashi is a senior product designer at Gong.io, the leading Revenue Intelligence platform, leveraging AI to go beyond traditional CRM and transform revenue teams. Besides that, Uri (pronounced Oori) is also a peace activist, a published author and illustrator, an award-winning animator, an entrepreneur (x2), a basso in a choir, a backing vocalist, and a guitar player in Gong’s band, a husband and a father. 

September 16th, 2022

Episode #27: Zia Mohammed, Senior Product Manager at AWS Quantum

We sat down with Zia Mohammad to chat about his life journey, the identities he's carried, and his career journey in product management. Zia is a Sr. Product Manager at AWS Quantum and holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience from The Ohio State University. Outside of work, Zia can be found reading about technology policy, globetrotting, or searching for the best dessert shop in NYC. Zia's LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ziamohammad [https://www.linkedin.com/in/ziamohammad]

August 26th, 2022

Episode #26: Ebony Shears, Former Vice President of Product at Forbes

Ebony was the former Vice President of Product for Forbes and started as a project manager and spent 6+ years there. Before joining Forbes, Ebony worked at ESPN, GLG, and NINE21. She spoke with us about working at Forbes and how she got started in Product. 

July 16th, 2022

Episode #25: Yusuf Bhinderwala, Product Manager at Gartner

Yusuf is a Product Manager at Gartner, a leading research and advisory company. Yusuf works on Gartner's digital recommendations system, aiming to personalize users' interaction with Gartner. In his role, he develops and enhances product features that help surface the resources that are most relevant and of interest to the user based on the problem they're trying to solve, with minimal user effort. Prior to being a PM, Yusuf worked as a mechanical engineer and later moved to Strategy and Ops post my Master's. Outside work, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and discussing pop culture!

June 3rd, 2022

Episode #24: Richard Ferreira, Product Manager at The Delta

Richard is a Product Manager at The Delta, a leading venture builder in Europe and Africa. He's had experience validating ventures for entrepreneurs and corporates and is currently working with a German startup in the home services space, driving their platform development and strategic initiatives.

May 27th, 2022

Episode #23: Austin Yang, Senior Product Manager at Softr

Austin is a Lead Product Manager at Softr, the easiest no-code web app builder. Previously, he has built products at growth-stage companies like Klook and Landbot. Austin can often share his thoughts about product-led growth, SaaS, and product management at: austinyang.co [http://austinyang.co/].

May 20th, 2022

Episode #22: Papatya Sutcliffe, Senior Product Manager at Deliveroo

Papatya is a Senior Product Manager in the Delivery team at Deliveroo. She is responsible for the product roadmap and metrics associated with solving the problem of optimally matching our logistics network's capacity to meet order demand. Effectively matching our delivery capacity powered by a self-employed Rider fleet to a highly peaky and variable order demand profile- whilst at the same time maintaining a strong, compliant Rider proposition- is at the heart of the problem her team is trying to solve. Before Papatya joined Deliveroo, she was at BP. She led the roadmap and delivery of our first ever virtual payment card product aimed at small and micro-businesses in central Europe. Before this, Papatya was in the aerospace sector for five years, working across various roles in three different countries, always working at that interface between the business and technology- which is where she loves to be!

May 13th, 2022

Episode #21: Parth Choksi, Senior Product Manager at Tesla

Parth is a Senior Product Manager at Tesla, where he manages the ownership experience for Tesla's Energy Products (Solar Panels, Solar Roof, Powerwall, and Wall Connector). Before that, he co-founded and exited a startup in the Virtual Reality space, where he led Product and tech. When he is not busy, Parth loves gaming and hiking. He also follows Soccer and is an ardent Formula 1 fan.

May 6th, 2022

Episode #20: Kaivalya Powale, Product Manager at HackerRank

Kaivalya leads enterprise products at HackerRank that help the largest tech companies recruit engineers effectively. He also owns HackerRank's integration strategy, app ecosystem, and API platform. In this episode, Kaivalya speaks with Dwayne about finding the next big play, hiring the right team, and a product culture that makes startups successful.

April 29th, 2022

Episode #19: Ashima Goyal, Senior Product Manager at Carvana

Ashima is currently working as a Senior Product Manager at Carvana and leads the pre-purchase experience in the direct-to-consumer mobile app on iOS and Android. She has taken multiple products from concept to launch for millions of customers in the B2C space. Ashima started her role as a Technology Consultant at Deloitte and later moved into Product Management after doing her MBA. With most of her product career spent at startups, she is well-versed in scaling products in a fast-paced environment and driving iterative product growth.

April 22nd, 2022

Episode #18: Jason Yi, Product Manager at Microsoft

Jason is a product manager at Microsoft who has experience working on both enterprise and consumer products. Jason shares his journey into product management, his current experience, and some lessons he has learned early in his career. 

April 15th, 2022

Episode #17: Chakkaradeep Chandran, Principal Product Manager at GoDaddy

Chakkaradeep is a highly passionate, outcome-driven product manager who strives to design and launch innovative software products. Chakkaradeep is currently working as a Principal Product Manager at GoDaddy. As part of the core Identity team, Chakkaradeep leads the platform team in building a secure & adaptable authorization platform for GoDaddy’s products and services.

April 8th, 2022

Episode #16: Martin Lasarga, Group Product Manager at Postclick

Martin Lasarga is a Group Product Manager at Postclick, the first AI-driven solution to guarantee increased conversions for digital marketers.  Throughout his 15+ year career, he has worked cross-functionally with design, technology, and engineering partners to define and build SaaS solutions globally.  With experience in Marketing, Machine Learning, Content management, and Artificial intelligence, Martin is a seasoned product leader passionate about solving real problems and adding value with cutting-edge technology solutions.  In addition to his work with Postclick, Martin is a dedicated Product Mentor with Product League, mentoring PMs worldwide. Outside of the office, Martin enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking with his kids.

April 1st, 2022

Episode #15: Dhiraj Bhat, Product Manager at Unit21

Dhiraj Bhat is a fintech product manager experienced in launching products from conception to launch. He works at Unit21, a fintech company, to make compliance and fraud checks easy. Previously, he worked at GCoin to launch a new and responsible way of owning gold. If he's not busy building the next fintech product, Dhiraj can be found writing about football(that is really played with the feet) and product management.

March 25th, 2022

Episode #14: Ritika Mathur, Technical Product Manager at Arrive Logistics

Ritika is a Technical Product Manager at Arrive Logistics. She has orchestrated the development of Softwares, APIs, Robots, and Data products from inception to launch. She is outcome-driven, and she loves to work through ambiguity to build products that truly add value and move the needle for her customers. In the past, she has also worked as a Data Scientist and transformed the way organizations make decisions using data.

March 18th, 2022

Episode #13: Heather Chen, Director of Product at Kiavi

Heather has a software engineering and data science background, endeavoring to create and enable AI/ML-powered products that are indispensable, beloved, and empowering to all. Heathers is currently a Director of Product at Kiavi, a FinTech/PropTech start-up empowering real estate investors with modern technology, timely capital to fund opportunities, and the confidence required to unlock the value of America's aged homes. She leads all product activities to grow Kiavi's data differentiation that leads to customer growth, new revenue streams, etc. Before Kiavi, Heather was a Senior Director of Product at JLL, heading JLL's proprietary workplace experience application, powering the hybrid workplace with personalized AI-driven experiences that simplify employees' workday. The application encompasses mobiles, tablets, desktops, kiosks & panels.  Before JLL, Heather was at Google for five years and started as a data scientist and transitioned my career ladder to product management a few years in. Heather's charter was to revolutionize the recruiting industry through ML/AI. Heather and her team built Cloud Talent Solutions to match jobs and candidates better through a suite of enterprise APIs to power our customers' search and recommendation needs.

March 4th, 2022

Episode #12: Angel Jaime, Chief product Officer at Yayzy

Angel Jaime is the Chief Product Officer at Yayzy, a London-based startup focused on helping individuals and businesses act against climate change based on their financial data. Throughout his 10+ year career, Angel has led the launch of mobile apps, b2b, and b2c products, and led product teams at global eCommerce and Fintech players such as Booking.com [http://booking.com/], Revolut, and Just Eat. Angel has an Executive Master of Business Administration from EADA Business School and a Master's Degree in Business Intelligence. He is also a Product Management instructor at Product School and publishes the weekly product management newsletter www.elproducto.eu [http://www.elproducto.eu/].

February 18th, 2022

Episode #11: Parth Acharya, Senior Product Manager at Amazon

Parth is a tenured product leader, experienced in driving products from conception to launch across Enterprise and Consumer technologies. Parth started his product career at Dell Technologies, leading the B2B eCommerce experience as a group product manager and launching a patented checkout experience for high-volume eCommerce events such as Black Friday. Parth is currently a product manager at Amazon Alexa and owns smart home products and technologies that power core voice interactions, such as "Alexa, turn on the living room lights."

January 17th, 2022

Episode #10: Chandrika Maheshwari, Growth Product Manager at Plaid

Chandrika is a Growth Product Manager at Plaid, a company that provides the easiest way for people to connect their financial accounts to an app. She joined Plaid after spending ~2 years in a Growth Product role at DocuSign and a summer stint at Nike. Chandrika shares what her journey into product management looked like, how she uses her experience from DocuSign in her current role at Plaid, and what experimentation in her role looks like.

October 1st, 2021

Episode #9: Jon Gordner, Senior Director of Product at Textio

As the Senior Director of Product at Textio, Jon Leads Product Management and Product Marketing. Before entering the startup world, Jon started his career as a PM at Microsoft, where he focused on transforming the user experiences of its most widely used products.

July 15th, 2021

Episode #8: Adam Cheyer, Co-founder of Siri

Adam Cheyer, the co-founder of Siri, speaks with Dwayne Samuels about the benefits of experimentation and allowing data to drive product decisions. Adam talks about the strategy he uses to know when’s the right time to bring ideas to market and the tools he uses for Go-To-Market initiatives.

June 16th, 2021

Episode #7: Steve Choquette, Former GTM Product Manager at IBM

Host Dwayne Samuels continues the chat with Steve about IBM's history in AI. Steve talks about the strategy used at IBM in AI and the history of Watson, and the growth mindset behind decisions Steve made as a GTM Product Manager.

June 9th, 2021

Episode #6: Steve Choquette, Former GTM Product Manager at IBM

Steve spent 40+ years at IBM, where he started as a Software Programmer and later became the GTM Product Manager and Product Manager for Strategic Watson Partners. As a former GTM Product Manager at IBM, Steve's goal was to bring order out of chaos. He talks about the changes in the market and in AI from back then compared to now. Steve speaks with host Dwayne Samuels about his roles at IBM and tells us the difference and similarities between being a Software Analysis and a Product Manager.

August 17th, 2020

Episode #5: Hiro Kanno, Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn

Hiro started as a Customer Success Manager in Japan and was the first CSO hire in their Tokyo office. He moved to the US to continue as a CSM for their biggest global clients.  As a Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, his mission is to successfully develop and manage international market acceleration strategies, and executing targeted regional market  "launches" with comprehensive integrated GTM motions. Hiro speaks with host Dwayne Samuels about his role at LinkedIn and how the PMM role overlaps with the role of a PM.  Music: When You Wake Up by Diana Taylor

July 21st, 2020

Episode #4: Vanessa Michelle Garcia, UX Researcher at Facebook

After spending the first half of her career creating beautiful artifacts for audiences to be persuaded by, Vanessa decided to design products that people could use to feel smarter and more in control. This is the reason she joined Facebook as a User Experience Researcher on the New Product Experimentation team. Vanessa talks with Dwayne Samuels about how Product Managers can use various research methods to properly interact with their users. Music: Joseph McDade - Glacial Waves

July 3rd, 2020

Episode #3: Jamie Chung, Executive Product Manager at BBC

As the Executive Product Manager at the BBC, Jamie Chung helps the company with crafting a path to the future using AI. Jamie chats with Dwayne Samuels about his efforts with leading the Product Management efforts around BBC's voice assistant, Beeb, and much more. Music: Action - The Plain Ensemble

May 29th, 2020

Episode #2: Joel Dean, Software Engineer at WordPress.com

In this episode Dwayne Samuels chats with Joel Dean, mobile software engineer at WordPress.com. Joel speaks about his love for remote work and how to have a great relationship with Product Managers in a remote setting.

May 22nd, 2020

Episode #1: Nick Sinai, Product Manager at Walmart eCommerce

Host Dwayne Samuels chats with Nick Sinai, who is a Product Manager at Walmart eCommerce. Nick speaks about how he got into Product Management, what he loves about his role and how he overcomes issues he faces in the industry.

September 30th, 2022

Episode #28: Farheen Noorie, Director of Product Management Growth and Monetization at Zendesk

Farheen has a background in engineering and worked at PayPal for many years before moving into Product Management at Zendesk. She currently leads Buying Experience, which is a part of the broader Growth and Monetization team. She is interested in anything related to growth and revenue drivers for a product, KPIs that matter vs. not, and solving complex business and technical problems. She is also interested in learning the guitar but has been procrastinating for over a year now.