I give 5-10 talks each month to product leaders worldwide. Choose one, then contact me.  You can also find all the materials you need (descriptions, bio, photos) for publicizing events here.


New talk: “How Netflix Built an Innovative Culture” (Watch video, NPS = 79)

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook recently said that the Netflix Culture Deck “may well be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.” The document has become a cultural manifesto and now has more than 18 million views on SlideShare.

  • This talk examines what culture means, why it is so important as companies scale, as well as the mechanisms required to reinforce values in everyday work life.

  • The intent is to help companies define, maintain, and adapt their unique culture.

We’ll close with a few case studies that demonstrate why defining a company culture is so hard, and what this means as you define and evolve your own culture.

Netflix: Wicked Hard Decisions (Watch video.)

  • Learn how to make great decisions about the hardest things: people, product, and business.

  • This is “inside baseball,” revealing the decision-making process behind some of Netflix' toughest decisions via five "what would you do?" case studies.

  • This talk reinforces the importance of strategy, data and intuition to inform decisions.

Branding for Builders (Watch video, Read Medium article, read First Round Capital write-up)

  • Discover how exceptional teamwork between marketing & product creates a hard-to-copy, strategic advantage.

  • Learn how Netflix built a brand that more than 100M people love today, as well as the mistakes made along the way.

  • Apply two positioning and branding models to your product, company, and brand.

Hacking Your Product Leader Career (Watch video, read Medium article)

  • Learn the technical skills of a product leader, plus the leadership skills required as you grow.

  • See how a highly strategic, "hacking" approach builds momentum in your career.

  • Accelerate career progress through your own "personal board of directors."

Customer Obsession (Watch video, read Medium article)

  • Find out how to move beyond "customer focus" to satisfy inherently unsatisfiable consumers

  • Learn how to combine four sources of consumer insight to delight customers

  • Put the techniques into practice with a modern-day Netflix case

Leaders Lead (Watch video, read Medium article)

  • Learn how to set yourself up in the right place at the right time to be promoted to VP

  • Understand the skills required for executives in all functions -- not just product leaders

  • Explore the progression of skills you need to develop at different stages in order to scale companies.

New talk: “Digital Disruption: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” (Watch video.)

  • This talk traces three cycles of digital disruption that I have endured: from floppy disks to CD-ROMs at The Learning Company & Mattel, from DVD-by-mail to streaming at Netflix, and from textbooks-by-mail to a digital homework help subscription service at Chegg.

  • The talk introduces three different strategy models to help you define your company/product strategy.

  • I will also describe the inevitable ugly moments you will go through— some inside dirt on Netflix.

Netflix: Personalization 202 (Watch video)

  • Find out why Netflix focused on personalization as a way to delight customers in hard-to-copy, margin-enhancing ways.

  • Discover how human judgement + algorithms + presentation layer tactics improve retention.

  • Learn the “Inside Baseball” of the $1 million Netflix Prize and how it improved collaborative filtering.

Netflix: From Product Strategy to Execution- How to Run a Quarterly Strat Meeting (15-minute essay or watch video)

  • Use two models to define product strategy, tactics, and metrics to enable good, fast consumer/data-informed decisions.

  • Accelerate learning and innovation pace while maintaining alignment across your organization.

  • Simulate the meeting with modern-day Netflix cases.

Chegg: Wicked Hard Decisions (Watch video)

  • The second "Wicked Hard Decisions" talk, focused on the textbook rental, education startup.

  • Five highly interactive case studies give the inside dirt on getting from startup to IPO.

  • This talk reinforces the importance of strategy, data, and intuition to inform decisions.

The Guerrilla Guide to Product Innovation

  • Learn the surprisingly timeless principles of product innovation.

  • Discover 10 traits of highly innovative companies like Netflix, Apple, Google, Amazon and Uber.

  • Diagnose your company via an “Innovation Survey” that participants complete in advance of the presentation.