TBLP025 | Farhan Thawar: Building Together is Genius

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of a Helpful.com. Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and the VP of Engineering at Pivotal Labs.

Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world.  He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people.

Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy.

Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The  experience growing Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world
  • The benefits of paired growing and the best practices to managing it successfully
  • Mobile and the enterprise, what is missing
  • How the acquisition of Xtreme Labs by Pivotal helped change his leadership style
  • How businesses can utilize AI for talent selection and how it will impact future jobs
  • Some leadership myths not to follow

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TBLP024 | Chris Eben: Growth Through Diversity

Chris Eben is a Managing Partner at TWG, a software consultancy with holistic expertise in digital strategy, product design and engineering. He is a mentor, speaker and active investor with a portfolio of more than 20 startups throughout the US and Canada.

Chris joined TWG after a lengthy career running product teams in the Enterprise Software Market, focused on Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management. He’s worked for startups and with large organizations and has helped to build teams in Silicon Valley, London, England and his hometown of Toronto.

At TWG, he leads a growing team of over 100 product managers, designers, and engineers that work with innovators from funded startups to large enterprises building software used by millions. Chris holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The power of software as a change mechanism
  • Why targeting recognizable brands helped them grow
  • What the first acquisition meant for the company
  • How looking back at career experience and choices helps
  • Growing through diversity

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TBLP013 | Mitch Seguin: Be Aware to Find Opportunities

Mitch Seguin is the Co-founder and Head of Product and Design at TribalScale.

Mitch has always been a tech geek at heart, from his roots building hospital data centres to product management at Xtreme Labs, Mitch has seen every facet of product design and development. Mitch focused much of his working energy at Xtreme Labs in the startup space. Working with companies from seed round, he saw huge growth among his client partners and quickly gained an eye for potential success. When Xtreme Labs was acquired by Pivotal in 2013, Mitch saw the opportunity to fully immerse himself in the client relationship aspect of mobile development. Over this time, Mitch helped launch Pivotal offices in Denver and Washington DC.

Years later, Mitch has moved on to lead a new breed of mobile and emerging technology company. As head of product and design for TribalScale, Mitch has returned to his roots, helping to manage projects for companies big and small to create the ultimate in world class mobile and connected experiences.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it’s like when the organization grows from the founding team to over 90 in less than two years.
  • How he ensures that he keeps the company culture intact with the rapid growth.
  • His thoughts on the voice controlled era, where the user interface of the future will come from.
  • The two things that are necessary to find great talent in the project management vertical.
  • What he learned when he was working at Pivotal opening up a new office

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TBLP009 | Malgosia Green: Leading with Honesty and Transparency

Malgosia Green serves as the chief product officer at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2013. She leads the product management, user experience, and design teams for Top Hat’s web and native mobile products.

Green is an entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in edtech. Prior to joining Top Hat, she was CEO and co-founder of LearnHub, which grew to be the #1 education site in India, helping connect Indian students with higher education opportunities in India and abroad.

Green has been named as one of Canada’s 20 Young Women in Power by Canadian Business Magazine and listed as one of the women in tech worth following by Betakit. She is an active speaker within the edtech, startup, and women in tech communities.

Green holds a B.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How serendipity played a role in landing her current leadership  position as the Chief Product Officer at Top Hat
  • Working with people and helping them find the right career path
  • What her product teams do on their week trips to ensure customer usability, opportunities, and challenges
  • How to ensure you find deep empathy for the customer as a product team
  • What she learned starting, scaling, and selling her company Savvica
  • Her challenges managing and leading her Savvica’s team that was located in India
  • Pros and Cons starting and building a business with her husband
  • Why she doesn’t like to read business books
  • How she uses places like the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Guggenheim Museum to help and inspire her
  • Why she thinks that taking risks is essential to growing your career

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