2022 Schedule

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Wednesday, Sep 21
1:00pm — 2:00pm
Product Track Venue - 1125 Seventeenth Street
221 attending

Product Discovery: “Stories of Research and Regret”

How do product teams create products that people love? Strong user research practices help teams get clarity on who their users are and what problems they face. Understanding your customers can help you ideate, test, and iterate on the right solutions.

Join the Colorado Product Foundation and our panelists, who’s product experience ranges from startups to the enterprise, to hear lessons learned from building interview pipelines, leveraging different user research tactics, and analyzing and interpreting results. Deepen your knowledge of continuous product discovery and get inspired to evolve your user research practice!

Panelists --

Rani Powers, PhD - Founder & CEO, Pluto
Originally a scientist and software developer, Rani discovered her passion for Product Management while working at HumanCode (a Denver start-up!) building apps for exploring your genetic traits. Since then, Rani has led interdisciplinary product teams as a Senior Product Manager at Helix (San Francisco), a product-focused Staff Scientist at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University (Boston) and, most recently returned to Denver to found Pluto, a fast-growing B2B SaaS start-up for life sciences data management and visualization.

James Heimbuck - Principal Product Manager, GitLab
James started his career at an anti-spyware software company working in threat research but quickly realized Product Management was where he belonged. Since then he has worked in various industries from small agencies to enterprise companies and currently at GitLab as a Principal Product Manager working on GitLab’s Continuous Integration product. Outside of work you can find James spending time with his family, cooking up something new in the kitchen or sampling beer around the Denver area.

Mary Moreno - Director of Product Management, Everly Health
Mary is an accomplished product person & left-side-and-right-side-of-the-brain systems thinker with over ten years’ experience in the health tech space. She's recently worked on greenfield products in consumer health and data & personalization and led a team responsible for launching Everly's first iOS mobile app. Mary is passionate about creating something out of nothing to solve society's toughest problems, and mentoring & coaching people with any background to succeed in product and tech overall. She recently received her MBA from UT Austin McCombs School of Business, enjoys getting outside to run, hike, or bike, and has visited over 50 countries!


Allegra Bishop - Senior Product Manager, soona
Allegra is a Senior Product Manager at a Series-B startup called soona, a creative ecommerce product photography and videography solution. Her forte is distilling purpose from chaos, building lasting trust in organizations, helping companies discovery and strengthen their product-market-fit, and always enjoys conversations over a beer or cup of coffee. She is an avid backpacker, whiteboard-diagram enthusiast, and loves a good podcast or video game. She has been a director with Colorado Product since 2018, and leads the events and curriculum programs.

Mary Moreno
James Heimbuck
Rani Powers
Allegra Bishop