Startup Product Development Management (via TopTal)
Led product management activities for eight growth-stage startups, generating comprehensive software requirement documents.
Led projects as a product development manager at a US software development company based in Miami and LA, specializing in both domestic and international startup products. My role involved distilling a comprehensive vision for the startup's product and effectively translating it into software requirement PRDs to be implemented by the development team. I based my work on carrying out interviews with key stakeholders, researching the industry and marketplace, learning everything there is about the client's product, competencies, and ambitions, and communicating effectively with professionals from all seniority levels and occupations—from business to IT and everything in between. I was involved in eight large projects over a 6-month period for which I produced market research, PRDs, growth strategies, low- and high-fidelity wireframes, next step action plans, Confluence pages, Jira tasks, product roadmaps, and more. Effectively, everything they needed to confidently begin development of a product that ideally matches their needs while maintaining total customer-centricity and lean principles.
Comprehensive Structure for Entrepreneurial Projects
Created a structure to organize startup projects encompassing ideation, research, prototyping, market fit, and development.
Inexperienced startup and product development teams, often at the beginning of projects, engage in haphazard ideation and research without a sound plan for testing or subsequent deployment, incurring time and effort costs without tested deliverables. I created a structure for the initial stages of startup and product development. It covers ideation, market research, prototyping, market fit, production, team management, logistics, marketing, sales, and processes and scaling up, and provides clear testing guidelines and criteria, KPI suggestions, deliverables templates, and scheduling functionality.
40% Average Cost Optimizations Through Decentralized Delivery and Logistics Services
Created product design, a business plan, and complete specification for a decentralized delivery platform based on auctions.
Collaborated with the programming team to create a logistics and delivery services marketplace. The team was very technically savvy but lacked in design vision, product management, and business development. I helped supplement these areas and led the team through market research, building a business plan, preparing test cases, arranging pilot customers and logistics partners, and creating a comprehensive launch plan which tied into their development itinerary.
Increased Interdepartmental Corporate Collaboration
Modern SaaS to enable corporate department collaboration while maintaining transparency and accountability
Led the product management of a SaaS product by utilizing freelance developers and coordinating remotely while remaining on time and completing the MVP within budget. The product relied on blockchain technology to keep a ledger of interdepartmental and client and vendor interactions to help enforce communication, based on transparency and accountability. The product featured functionality for collaboration, scheduling, deadlines and reminders, and most importantly, managerial oversight.
Four eCommerce Projects Complete with an International Team
Led a remote team of international developers as product manager to complete four big eCommerce projects for UK clients.
Led four eCommerce projects to completion using a decentralized international team of developers including pre-sales, project specification, client feedback, Agile development process, graphics design and UX, and custom functionality. I let my team complete every project to the client's satisfaction (totaling a 9.4 average satisfaction score) and within deadlines despite language barriers, time zone differences, and the relative lack of experience of the development team with eCommerce projects.
Launched First 4G Mobile Network in Bulgaria
Collaborated with the product development team launching the first 4G service in Bulgaria to 60,000 users
Conducted extensive market research, product positioning studies, client interviews, and technology, business, and marketing meetings to prepare a comprehensive product offering proposal to the marketing and business directors.
Modern UX Centralized Higher Education Repository
Led product design and business planning of a centralized repository for higher education and academic path planning.
I led the product design and business planning for a modernized hub for college applications and academic and professional path guidance aimed at Generation Z and younger, and designed to provide a more centralized and personalized interface for the college application experience. I directly contributed to the ideation and brainstorming, market and competitor research, MVP definition, and testing stages of the product, providing a full business plan, MVP specification, and other business-relevant documentation to be used in the development stages.