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Tech leaders in engineering, marketing, startups, and more share their hard-earned insights with the Terminal community.

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Tech leaders in engineering, marketing, startups, and more share their hard-earned insights with the Terminal community.

    Latif Nanji & Sam Legge: Modern Day Product Management

    Latif Nanji & Sam Legge: Modern Day Product Management

    What is modern day product management? What is it like building a product for product managers while scaling rapidly? What’s the differences between managing B2B and B2C products? We explore these questions and more in our next Terminal Tech Talk.

    This talk features Latif Nanji, the co-founder and CEO of Roadmunk, one of the fastest growing tech companies in North America. Roadmunk is a powerful SaaS platform for product strategy and roadmapping with over 100 employees Toronto and Waterloo Region.

    Moderating this fireside chat will be Sam Legge, Product Manager and Consumer Experiences Lead at North, the makers of the world’s first everyday smart glasses. North has raised approximately $200 million dollars to develop a world’s first consumer product, Focals by North.

    During this tech talk, we will explore a number of topics including:

    1] Product Design and Minimum Saleable Products

    2] Products Role in the Modern Tech to Drive Growth

    3] Minimizing Cognitive Load In Product Design

    4] Retention and Reforge as Drivers

    • 59 min
    Matt Rae: Show Don't Tell, How Design Teams Can Leverage Other Teams to Change Design Culture

    Matt Rae: Show Don't Tell, How Design Teams Can Leverage Other Teams to Change Design Culture

    Do you love product design? Are you a product designer? Our next Terminal Tech Talk features Matt Rae who will walk us through how design teams can leverage other teams to change design culture. He will cover how designers should collaborate, evangelize and equip teams internally. He also covers how to listen to your teams to create great products and a strong design culture. Matt is a design ambassador, outdoor enthusiast and founder.

    Matt Rae is also a product designer at Zenreach. Zenreach is a technology company based in San Francisco, California. Zenreach also has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Zenreach produces a SaaS marketing platform used by businesses with physical locations. They are presently hiring across all three offices.

    We will explore a number of topics including:

    1\ Collaboration: effective design through team collaborate.

    2\ Evangelism: showing the success of design initiatives to the team.

    3\ Equipping: equipping teams with the tools to engage with design.

    4\ Listening: for feedback on product, design teams need to listen

    • 47 min
    Ramaneek Khanna: The Technical Evolution of a Startup

    Ramaneek Khanna: The Technical Evolution of a Startup

    We love bringing CTOs to you and we have another awesome CTO coming to Terminal from Palo Alto! Ramaneek Khanna is the Chief Technology Officer at Earnin which the New York Times said is part of the ‘Next Wave of Unicorn Startups.’ Earnin has raised over $190M in venture funding from some of the best technology investors in the world including Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global and Spark Capital, just to name a few.

    In this Tech Talk, we will explore a number of topics including:


    Building a data infrastructure that works for everyone and doesn’t bring down production!

    Evolution of security – Navigating the tradeoffs of open access and security best practices

    The challenging road going from a monolithic architecture to micro services

    Organizational growth – structure and specialization

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Henry Shi: CTO Who Built Production-Grade Deep Learning Systems and Went from Zero to $100M in Sales

    Henry Shi: CTO Who Built Production-Grade Deep Learning Systems and Went from Zero to $100M in Sales

    We’re proud to bring you a Forbes 30 Under 30 CTO who built production-grade deep learning systems while going from zero to $100M USD in sales. How can you take an engineering first approach to developing impactful business strategies? How do software leaders evolve from technologists to CTOs while simultaneously building teams during hypergrowth? How do AI thought leaders think about deep learning, natural language processing, and machine learning applications today?

    Leading a company from zero to $100M runrate in under three years while balancing and building world-class technical teams is a humbling experience. That’s exactly what Toronto-based SnapTravel has done, aside from adding the greatest shooter in NBA history to their team.

    In this Terminal Tech Talk we bring you Henry Shi, co-founder and CTO of SnapTravel, in conversation with Mohammed Ridwanul, Product Manager at Dessa where Mohammed’s team has built an AI platform that helps the world’s largest and most complex organizations build real-world value with advanced AI.

    • 37 min
    Kartik Talwar: World-class investing, engineering and hackathons

    Kartik Talwar: World-class investing, engineering and hackathons

    “No one, VC or angel, has invested in more of the top startups than Ron Conway. He knows what happened in every deal in the Valley, half the time because he arranged it.” –Paul Graham on The Ronco Principle

    SV Angel is a San Francisco-based investment firm that is widely regarded as one of the most successful angel investing firms of all time. Kartik Talwar joined SV Angel in 2014 as an Insight Engineer while studying Astrophysics at the University of Waterloo. At SV Angel, Kartik ultimately built internal tools to track all investments, deals, financing, requests and relationships across 500 investments made and thousands considered ever year.

    How did they evaluate thousands of the top investment opportunities? How did they invest in the earliest rounds of Google, PayPal, Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter, SnapChat, Square and other titans?

    What’s it take to launch a global engineering and education initiative like Hack The North and ETHGlobal? How are great teams and ideas brought to life? What does engineering excellence and the world’s top talent look like in the heart of American tech culture?

    Kartik Talwar, now a General Partner at A.Capital and Advisor at SV Angel, will walk us through these questions and more in our next Terminal Tech Talk.

    • 55 min
    Neha Khera & Marylin Ma: Rapidly Changing Tech Ecosystems

    Neha Khera & Marylin Ma: Rapidly Changing Tech Ecosystems

    Should we be worried about mental health in tech? What does AI at scale and maturity look like? What makes a thriving tech ecosystem and does location matter? Interested in an investor’s and founder’s perspective on global talent and diversity?

    500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale and build thriving global ecosystems. As one of the most active venture capital firms in the world, 500 Startups is based in Silicon Valley and has over 2200 investments to date.

    In this Terminal Tech Talk we bring you two exceptional leaders, Neha Khera, Partner at 500 Startups in conversation with Marylin Ma, Co-founder of Quali AI. They will discuss these questions and more.

    • 54 min

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