- Where are the best opportunities right now for an organization like us?
- How do we know if our idea will be a home run?
- What features should we focus on for a first release?
My experience working with 50+ startup companies helps me guide corporate teams to think differently, be more agile and create evidence-based product strategies. Using Google Venture’s Design Sprint methodology, I take teams through a collaborative process that rapidly identifies and validates the best product ideas without costly, high-risk, traditional development efforts.
The Design Sprint process finds the best ideas and helps determine if they're effective. It combines user research, collaborative ideation and rapid experimentation, resulting in complete team and client buy-in and a shared understanding of how to proceed based on what really works and what doesn’t. Product and innovation teams walk away with insights, artifacts and evidence that tell a compelling story to inspire and guide the team, advocate with peers and stakeholders and win the support of top management.
In addition to Running Design sprints, I am a strategic advisor for several startups and am a Mentor-in-Residence for the startup accelerator Techstars Boston, helping early-stage companies achieve product-market fit. I am Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Olin College where I teach engineering students how to conceive, design and launch new products. I also consult with corporate product and innovation teams more broadly on developing cohesive product strategies, setting up Agile Scrum, Design Thinking, customer interviewing / research, and product metrics best practices.
Prior to advisory and consulting work, I led NPR's digital product team in Boston and am a founding trustee for the revolutionary micro-philanthropy The Awesome Foundation, which helps creators everywhere bring their own unique ideas into the world through 110 chapters in 25 countries.
I also nurse a few wacky beliefs, like that we create the most value when we're having fun, and the best source of innovation comes from technologies and environments that encourage and inspire and not through linear problem solving.
Surprisingly, this is all related. Someday I'll draw a picture to prove it.