Silicon Valley Code Camp : October 11th and 12th 2014
Ken Kruszka is a pioneer in mobile financial services, having developed the first mobile remittance service in the US. Ken holds the distinction of being the first person to send $1 around the world by mobile by successively transferring that "dollar seen around the world" through 10 countries on 6 continents.
As EVP of Product and Service Delivery, Ken drives Boom's strategic product vision and roadmap, as well as their realization through the creation of industry-leading mobile financial products and services. In his role, Ken leads the product management, product development, service delivery, and information technology organizations.
Previously, as co-founder and CEO of m-Via, Ken grew the company into an industry-recognized leader in mobile financial services and brought the company to cash-flow positive before leading m-Via through an acquisition by Boom.
Ken holds a BS with distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University, an MS in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of San Francisco.
But, then again, maybe we do. In this age of Lean Startup and the philosophy that, in a startup the CEO is the Product Manager, most detailed product decisions end up being made by developers. But, are these the right people to be making those choices. As is often the case in tech and in life, the answer is a resounding "It Depends!"
In this talk, we'll explore a number of real-life situations that show the good, the bad, and the ugly of working with and without Product Managers.