Givi Beridze, Product Manager in Tbilisi, Georgia
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Givi Beridze

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Location
Tbilisi, Georgia
Toptal Member Since
August 15, 2022

Givi is a tech entrepreneur with over eight years of experience building hardware and software products and startups from scratch. He has built four companies from zero, raising venture capital investments and turning them into sustainable businesses. In addition to getting on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Givi holds the title of the UN Global Compact board member and advisor of different universities, including San Diego State University and Ilia State University.

Project Highlights

Popular Clips from Movies and TV Shows for Messaging
Led the design and development of GIFs with Sounds platform for messaging, integrating it with messaging app with over 5 million monthly active users.
Skillset | TaskRabbit-like App for the CIS Countries
Managed a team of ten UX and UI designers, back-end and mobile app developers, and digital marketers to design, develop and launch Skillset on iOS and Android platforms.
IoT Device for Smart Cities
Developed a disruptive smart outdoor lighting device with an integrated gateway in collaboration with the other co-founders of Edison Tech Solutions.

Expertise

Work Experience

Expert | Advisor

2022 - PRESENT
Guide Point
  • Helped organizations, venture funds, startups, and individuals in the technology field to develop, analyze, define and develop top-quality tech products.
  • Advised organizations and helped them to review various tech ideas.
  • Reviewed and analyzed the problem the client is facing to advise on potential solutions using my expertise.

CEO | Co-founder | Product Manager

2021 - PRESENT
KIKLIKO.Com
  • Led a team of 20, building a complete roadmap in July of 2021 and managing in just six months to launch fully functional cross-platform applications and API, which later was integrated with a messaging app with over 5 million active users.
  • Trained and managed a cross-departmental team of software developers, including web and mobile developers, UX and UI designers, and digital marketing professionals.
  • Directed the whole process of cross-platform application development, investor relations, and brand partnerships through integrations.

Co-Founder

2017 - PRESENT
Edison Store
  • Raised investments and opened a one-of-a-kind electrical parts and smart gadgets shop in Georgia.
  • Worked with different educational organizations and governments to implement practice-based hardware engineering learning in schools and universities.
  • Sponsored and financed numerous competitions and events to encourage development in the hardware engineering field.

Co-founder | CEO

2017 - PRESENT
Edison Tech Solutions
  • Directed the company in developing and successfully launching over 100 hardware and software products for local and global organizations.
  • Worked with software and hardware engineers during the process of brainstorming and product development and with the digital marketing team on scaling the business.
  • Led the process of internationalizing the company.

Co-founder | Business Executive

2020 - 2022
Digital Meister
  • Launched, in a joint effort with the other co-founders, a digital marketing agency that helps medium-sized and large businesses with their digital presence, advertising, and scaling.
  • Managed a team of ten designers, advertisers, account managers, and copywriters, helping them design the complete work process for optimal results.
  • Directed the agency's pioneering work and led the digital marketing and social media management activities for one of Georgia's biggest heating, ventilation, and air conditioning companies.

Board Member

2020 - 2022
United Nations Global Compact
  • Worked with a team of ten medium-sized and large business owners to implement the ten principles of the UN Global Compact in Georgian businesses.
  • Participated in devising the network's growth plan.
  • Advised the team on digital marketing activities to increase the number of members in the network.

Advisory Board Member

2019 - 2019
Ilia State University
  • Worked with tech industry leaders in Georgia to help Ilia State University develop top-quality, practice-based syllabi in the tech field.
  • Participated in the accreditation process for the founders of industry-leading tech companies.
  • Carefully examined the market's needs and wrote recommendations for the university to create syllabi to help students learn fields that are internationally high in demand.

CEO | Co-founder

2017 - 2019
Edison Technology School
  • Persuaded two top universities in Georgia and succeeded in opening the only technology training center where pupils and adults could learn different areas in hardware and software development.
  • Trained and mentored the digital marketing team and created a full strategy for managing digital channels. This strategy helped the organization to achieve 300 monthly subscribed students.
  • Led the team of trainers and lecturers to create high-quality syllabi and conduct training according to the best practices.

CEO | Co-founder (Head of Product)

2016 - 2017
Laser Combat
  • Led the team of engineers and developed cutting-edge, patentable sensors. Manufactured improved laser tag technology included vests covered with sensors and vibrating motors, which were activated according to the location where the person was hit.
  • Worked with the business development team and raised a pre-seed investment of $40,000 at a $1 million valuation. Designed and opened the first play arena in the largest shopping mall in the region.
  • Made business profitable in just two months and sold the technology to a local laser tag manufacturer.

Technology Consultant

2016 - 2016
Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA)
  • Assisted GITA in researching the technologies needed to create fully functional digital fabrication laboratories in Georgia.
  • Participated in exploring and installing modern technologies in Tech Park Georgia, now used by high-tech hardware startups.
  • Helped GITA with the development of multiple training courses for children and adults to learn hardware development and programming.

Popular Clips from Movies and TV Shows for Messaging

https://kikliko.com

Led the design and development of GIFs with Sounds platform for messaging, integrating it with messaging app with over 5 million monthly active users.

KIKLIKO.com allows tens of millions of people to share their favorite clips from movies and TV shows and express emotions while messaging with the help of our cross-platform application and API, integrated with different messengers.

Skillset | TaskRabbit-like App for the CIS Countries

https://linktr.ee/skillset.ge

Managed a team of ten UX and UI designers, back-end and mobile app developers, and digital marketers to design, develop and launch Skillset on iOS and Android platforms.

Skillset connects customers with professional handypersons from different industries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region to find help with everyday tasks. The app is based on a review system with integrated messaging and payment processing solutions to give maximum comfort to the customer. It was launched in 2021 and now has thousands of customers and handypersons in its database.

IoT Device for Smart Cities

http://edison.ge

Developed a disruptive smart outdoor lighting device with an integrated gateway in collaboration with the other co-founders of Edison Tech Solutions.

Edison Smart City currently operates in many areas of Tbilisi, managing the outdoor lighting. The device was certified by Bureau Veritas for EN IEC and IP65 standards and passed all EMC and LVD tests. Now it is manufactured and implemented in different locations.

Laser Combat

https://www.facebook.com/lasercombatgame

Invented cutting-edge technology: Vests are covered with sensors and vibrating motors are activated according to where the person was hit. Raised pre-seed investment at a $1 million valuation and sold the technology to a local laser tag manufacturer.

Laser Combat: Improved laser tag vests and weapons based on patentable sensors, which work in daylight and are activated using a green laser beam. Vests give the person feelings according to the location where they were hit.

Self-defense Training Software

Collaborated with key stakeholders (founders) to establish the vision and developed a product roadmap and detailed product requirements document in alignment with that vision.

United Defense Tactical offers in-depth self-defense education, covering weapon handling, threat identification, and effective defense techniques for real-life situations. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, they aim to deliver the most realistic training experience through their proprietary software.
2020 - 2022

Master's Degree in AI & ML

Georgian Technical University - Tbilisi, Georgia

2014 - 2018

Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science

Free University of Tbilisi - Tbilisi, Georgia

Tools

Jira, Slack, Asana, Google Analytics, Figma

Paradigms

Rapid Prototyping, Agile Software Development, Agile, Agile Project Management, Agile Product Management, Requirements Analysis, User Testing, Mobile App Design

Industry Expertise

Education Technology (Edtech), Agriculture, Venture Capital

Other

Software Development, Product Management, Mobile Applications, Hardware Development, Product Design, Lean Product Management, Lean Product Development, Startups, API Integration, Team Management, Innovation, Robotics Product Manager, Internet of Things (IoT), Business Planning, Roadmaps, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Project Scoping, Marketing, Go-to-market Strategy, Product-market Fit, Business Partnerships, Digital Marketing Strategy, Product Roadmaps, Product Strategy, Project Scheduling, New Product Business Cases, New Products, Feature Roadmaps, APIs, Technical Product Management, Conceptualization, Ideation, Pitch Decks, User Validation Testing, New Product Development, Early-stage Startups, Lean Product Manager, Project Reporting, Project Timelines, Backlog Management, Project Delivery, Mobile Apps, Web Applications, Market Research & Analysis, Developer Relations, Product Strategy Consultant, Digital Marketing Product Manager, Ad Campaigns, Strategy, Growth, Content Creation, Market Research, Social Media, B2B Partnerships, SWOT Analysis, User Personas, Growth Strategy, Team Leadership, Social Media Marketing (SMM), Instagram Ads, Instagram Marketing, Facebook Ads, Google Ads, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Cross-functional Team Leadership, Estimation & Planning, Cost Estimation, Requirements, Business Models, Mentorship & Coaching, New Products & Services, Business Plan Consulting, Pitch Presentations, Revenue Strategy, User Requirements, Product Marketing, React Native, Digital Product Development, Value Proposition, Mobile App Development, Pricing Strategy, Budgeting, Technical Requirements, Minimum Marketable Product (MMP), Go-to-market Optimization, Product Positioning, Pricing, Market Entry, 3D Printing, Investor Relations, Scaling, Digital Marketing, Market Strategy and Research Product Manager, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Consulting, IT Consulting, Project Planning, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), SaaS, Software as a Service (SaaS), Partnerships, Business Strategy, Backlog Grooming, Enterprise SaaS, Stakeholder Management, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Product Owner, Cloud Services, Feasibility Studies, App Design, Lean Startups, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD), User Experience (UX), Business Analysis, Project Consultancy, Qualitative Research, Project Management, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Product Development, Discovery Workshops, Product Coach, eCommerce Payments, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, B2B, Market Fit, eCommerce, Online Payments, SaaS Product Marketing, Growth Marketing, Web & Mobile Applications, User Stories, Social Media Apps, Community Development, User Validation, Community Growth, Community, Mobile UX, Customer Experience, Financial Modeling, Monetization Models, Media, Growth Hacking, Live Chat, SDGs, Finance, Sales, Inventory Management Systems, Inventory Management, SEO Marketing, Messaging, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Edtech Design, Education, PCB Design, 3D Modeling, Patents, Advisory, Procurement, Human Resources (HR), Industry Analysis, Startup Consulting, Product Consultant, Manufacturing, Capital Raising, Healthcare Services, Technical Writing, Planning

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