24 episodes

Launch With Confidence is your go-to podcast where curiosity meets the thrill of building and launching a tech product. It's a vibrant hub for inquisitive minds in tech eager to peek behind the curtain of product development. Each episode is a friendly chat with the trailblazers unpacking the secrets to a bulletproof go-to-market strategy and the excitement of nailing that product launch.

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Launch With Confidence is your go-to podcast where curiosity meets the thrill of building and launching a tech product. It's a vibrant hub for inquisitive minds in tech eager to peek behind the curtain of product development. Each episode is a friendly chat with the trailblazers unpacking the secrets to a bulletproof go-to-market strategy and the excitement of nailing that product launch.

    Why Empathy Matters in Beta with Dylan LeMay

    Why Empathy Matters in Beta with Dylan LeMay

    Ever wondered how the tech behind baby monitors gets perfected? On this episode of Launch With Confidence, we’re joined by Dylan LeMay, Beta Program Manager at Nanit, who turns real-world chaos into irrefutable insights. As a new dad himself, he blends personal experience with professional expertise to ensure Nanit’s smart baby monitors excel in diverse environments.

    In this insightful conversation, Dylan reveals the fascinating behind-the-scenes of beta testing in real homes, dealing with everything from varying crib setups to diverse environmental factors. He shares how his personal journey into parenthood has enriched his professional approach, bringing a deeper level of empathy and understanding to his role. Tune in to hear about the trials and triumphs of refining cutting-edge baby tech, and gain invaluable insights into how meticulous testing can lead to products that parents trust and love.


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    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:00) - Discussing the significance of testing in diverse environments.

    (4:38) - Challenges faced when testing products for babies in different settings.

    (7:19) - The importance of beta testing in diverse environments and situations.

    (10:41) - Balancing technical issues and user experiences in beta testing.

    (13:09) - How test data makes its way back into product development

    (14:48) - Recruiting for time-sensitive products and how automation helps keep things on track.

    (18:41) - The impact of empathy on beta testing and understanding user pain points.

    (23:10) - Collaborative efforts between beta testing and other departments.

    (30:58) - Growing a beta program

    (41:07) - Lightning round, rapid fire Q&A

    • 46 min
    PM Learnings From Previous Roles with Raiana Zaman

    PM Learnings From Previous Roles with Raiana Zaman

    Dive into the intricate world of digital product management with Raiana Zaman, Senior Product Owner/Analyst at State Employees Credit Union in North Carolina. Transitioning from a developer to a product management role, Raiana brings a unique perspective to the table, bridging the gap between technical execution and strategic product vision.

    This episode explores Raiana's journey, highlighting the skills and mindset shifts essential for navigating the dynamic landscape of product development in the finance sector. Discover the importance of customer feedback, the art of balancing stakeholder interests, and the crucial role of curiosity and problem-solving in crafting digital products that resonate with users and drive business success.

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    (0:00) - Intro.
    (2:14) - How development experience benefits her current role.
    (4:26) - Key skills for moving into product management.
    (7:00) - The synergy between product marketing and management.
    (9:27) - Early user involvement in development for better product fit.
    (13:29) - Prioritizing product quality over strict deadlines.
    (16:38) - Using user feedback in product betas for refinement.
    (21:24) - Raiana shares quick insights and personal preferences.

    • 25 min
    Learning Over Knowing in Product with Jalen McGee

    Learning Over Knowing in Product with Jalen McGee

    In this episode of Launch With Confidence, we sit down with Jalen McGee, a Product Manager for Microsoft Azure Arc. Jalen shares his journey from internships to product management, offering insights into the skills needed for success and the crucial role of customer feedback in product development. Together, they explore key aspects of product management:

    Internship Experience:
    Jalen discusses how his internships at Bandwidth and Microsoft shaped his approach to product management. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the product thoroughly and prioritizing learning over simply showcasing knowledge.

    Skills for Product Management:
    The conversation highlights essential skills for product managers, including adaptability and organization. Jalen explains how context switching and balancing priorities from various stakeholders are critical for effective product management.

    Customer Involvement:
    Jalen elaborates on the vital role of customers in every phase of product development. He shares strategies for validating hypotheses through indirect testing and continuous feedback, underscoring the importance of building strong customer relationships.

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    (0:00) - Intro
    (2:10) - The impact of internships on Jalen's approach to product management.
    (4:56) - Jalen's advice to his younger self about valuing learning in tech.
    (8:46) - Essential skills for product managers, with a focus on adaptability.
    (13:00) - The value of fresh perspectives from early-career PMs.
    (18:26) - Discussing customers' crucial role in product development and launch.
    (23:36) - The benefits of the energy and eagerness of early-career PMs.
    (27:54) - Rapid-fire questions reveal Jalen's preferences and insights into product management.

    • 28 min
    Practical Tips for Success in Product with Maurice Leacock

    Practical Tips for Success in Product with Maurice Leacock

    In this episode, we’re exploring the world of product management with Maurice Leacock, a seasoned Product Director and current Product Management Consultant at Carrier HVAC. Maurice brings a wealth of experience from leading tech products to market, including robot vacuums, headphones, and fitness scales. We explore the importance of frameworks in product management, the role of passion, and the critical insights gained from beta testing.

    In This Episode:

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:46) - The role and impact of frameworks in product management.

    (5:06) - Synergies between product management and design.

    (7:37) - The influence of passion in product management across different cultures.

    (10:03) - The importance of impact and influence in product roles.

    (14:38) - Incremental improvement and its significance in the field.

    (19:59) - The essential role of customer feedback in product development.

    (23:43) - Insights on beta testing and its critical role in refining product-market fit.

    (29:55) - Knowledge from Maurice’s experiences in product management across industries.

    (35:29) - Lightning round, rapid fire Q&A


    Join us for a conversation that highlights Maurice’s professional insights and experiences, offering valuable lessons for aspiring product managers and seasoned professionals alike. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to enhance their approach to product development and achieve success in the tech world.

    • 40 min
    Building Beta in a Robotics Company with Israel Nunez

    Building Beta in a Robotics Company with Israel Nunez

    Dive into the world of beta program management in industrial robotics on this episode of Launch With Confidence. We're joined by Israel Nunez, Beta Program Manager at Universal Robots, who has transformed their beta testing into a crucial part of product development.



    In This Episode:

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:00) - The origin story of Universal Robots' beta program and its evolution.

    (4:20) - The motivation behind Israel's role and the inception of the beta program.

    (6:06) - Early challenges and growth pains of establishing the beta program.

    (8:36) - The importance of internal marketing and convincing stakeholders of the beta program's value.

    (16:16) - Tactics for showcasing the beta program's importance and ROI.

    (21:45) - Rapid-fire questions revealing personal insights and professional wisdom from Israel.



    Tune in for an insightful look at making beta testing a strategic asset in a tech-driven industry.

    • 27 min
    Innovating in Connected Fitness Tech with John Trainor

    Innovating in Connected Fitness Tech with John Trainor

    Unveil the groundbreaking developments in fitness technology and much more in this enlightening episode of Launch With Confidence. Join us as John Trainor, an expert in tech innovation and leadership, delves into the four pivotal themes that are reshaping the tech and fitness landscapes:

    Innovating in Connected Fitness Tech: Explore the latest fitness device and platform advancements that keep us connected, motivated, and in peak health.

    The Power of Beta Testing: Discover how beta testing revolutionizes product development, enabling teams to deliver superior value at unprecedented speeds.

    Remote Teams & Productivity: Gain insights into effective strategies for managing remote teams, ensuring high productivity, and fostering collaboration in a dispersed work environment.

    Overcoming FUD in Tech Teams: Learn techniques to bust fear, uncertainty, and doubt within tech teams, empowering them to innovate confidently and tackle challenges head-on.

    • 38 min

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