Nick Guggenbuehl, Product Manager in Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Nick Guggenbuehl

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Minneapolis, MN, United States
Toptal Member Since
July 29, 2019

Nick’s a proven product leader who thrives on taking opaque ideas and turning them into well-articulated, revenue-generating solutions. Nick's experience in digital health has offered many opportunities to innovate. From pioneering the digitization of health at EHR leader Epic to launching and advising numerous health tech startups, building transparency tools at health plans, and ushering in digital transformation at biopharma, he's dedicated his career to improving healthcare from every angle.

Project Highlights

The Stoic Fellowship | Founder and President
Used digital marketing and SEO, newsletter and content publishing, and social media to grow 10X YOY since inception.
Nonprofit Tech Accelerator
Co-founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tech pre-accelerator that held 6-week startup boot camps for aspiring founders.
Restaurant Tech MVP
Helped dozens of restaurants capture additional income by filling tables on otherwise low-revenue evenings.


Work Experience

Product Strategy and Innovation

2021 - 2022
Healthcare Startup (Toptal Client)
  • Led the design and development of a new B2B product offering at a high-growth Series C fertility startup as part of a 100% remote team spanning multiple time zones.
  • Worked directly with the Chief Technology Officer, SVP of Product, and other team members to define requirements and product strategy.
  • Demonstrated product features and enhancements to clients and prospects.

Product Strategy and Innovation

2020 - 2022
Fortune 100 BioPharma
  • Served as product owner for the development of a tool utilizing an AI/ML-based algorithm that assists cardiologists in identifying patients who may suffer from a rare and under-diagnosed disease.
  • Promoted agile transformation and adopted agile development processes while facilitating traditional scrum ceremonies.
  • Managed the design and development of a mobile application aimed at metastatic breast cancer patients from initial concept to developing the MVP.

Product Strategy and Innovation

2020 - 2020
Fortune 50 Health Insurer
  • Managed the product strategy of a 12-member distributed team building a next-generation platform for one of the largest health insurers in the USA.
  • Led the design and development of transparency tools to improve member experiences and reduce costs.
  • Advised senior management on product strategy, innovation, and best practices related to agile product development.

Head of Product

2015 - 2020
  • Led engineering, design, customer success, and clinical product teams from pre-revenue to millions in recurring revenue and multiple Fortune 500 employers and health plan clients. Managed up to 13 direct reports.
  • Built and owned the three-month, one-year, and five-year product roadmaps—translating high-level business objectives into actionable product features focused on delighting users while capturing high-margin ROI.
  • Developed new business models and product offerings to capture revenue from diversified sources while maintaining fixed costs and expanding the reach of our product.
  • Played a lead role in all sales meetings to capture market insights, demo relevant features, and pitch new product offerings to assess market demand.
  • Recruited and hired a division of co-located software engineers, from a VP of engineering to interns.

Co-founder | Chief Product Officer

2015 - 2017
North Labs
  • Co-founded a digital strategy agency focused on helping non-technical founders launch digital MVPs by intelligently combining US-based product and design leadership with offshore software development.
  • Built and vetted dozens of partnerships with offshore software development agencies to create a network of talented software engineers.
  • Sold my ownership in the agency as it pivoted to become a market-leading AWS Advanced Partner consultancy.

Senior Product Manager

2014 - 2015
  • Redesigned and relaunched the existing web and mobile products from a pre-revenue MVP to one that captured Fortune 500 clients within my first three months of employment.
  • Researched the market and competition, interviewed hundreds of customers to craft compelling user experiences, shipped new features, and fixed bugs weekly.
  • Built and managed a team of distributed software engineers (web and mobile), designers, and quality assurance experts spanning five time zones.
  • Led the product team through due diligence for a series of financing rounds, pitching to angel investors and venture firms alike.
  • Translated ideas into strategy and features, managing product development from start to finish.
  • Developed an Agile development process from scratch, incorporating new tools and automation procedures that reduced the time to ship by 150%.

Product Implementation Manager

2011 - 2014
  • Managed post-contract to launch product implementation of numerous $10+ million installs of Epic’s Willow Inpatient (pharmacy) application.
  • Provided physicians, pharmacists, and c-suite executives with digital strategy and product recommendations regarding industry best practices while traveling (50-75%) to client hospitals throughout the USA.
  • Owned and facilitated a biweekly meeting for 100+ Epic PMs to share new ideas, lessons learned, and best practice recommendations.
  • Co-founded the Epic Analytics team to provide more evidence-based, data-driven best practice recommendations for the entire company.
  • Recruited, screened, and assisted in hiring dozens of PMs as the company scaled from 2,000 to nearly 10,000 employees in under five years.

The Stoic Fellowship | Founder and President

Used digital marketing and SEO, newsletter and content publishing, and social media to grow 10X YOY since inception.

In 2016, I co-founded The Stoic Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to build, connect, and foster communities interested in an ancient Greek philosophy called Stoicism. To date, we've helped build communities in over 100 cities spanning all seven continents.

As board chair and President, I manage the fundraising campaigns, lead monthly board meetings, ensure the maintenance of our 501(c)(3) status, recruit volunteers, and put in place processes that facilitate rapid decision-making strategies to achieve our visions months instead of years.

Nonprofit Tech Accelerator

Co-founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tech pre-accelerator that held 6-week startup boot camps for aspiring founders.

Accel.MN was a free program for early tech founders to refine their ideas and be prompted into action in a collaborative setting. It was a "pre-accelerator" or a program that would prepare people for a more traditional tech accelerator seeking to invest seed funding in exchange for equity in a startup.

The mission of Accel.MN was to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Minnesota by improving the collective education, network, and support of early-stage entrepreneurs while promoting a positive startup culture. In addition to participating in the first cohort, I served as a founding board member.

Restaurant Tech MVP

Helped dozens of restaurants capture additional income by filling tables on otherwise low-revenue evenings.

Eat and Greet flipped the traditional restaurant experience on its head. People generally go to restaurants with friends, family, or colleagues. With Eat and Greet, six individuals could make a reservation to save a seat at a table ahead of time and leave with a full belly and five new friends.

These experiences were great for people who were new to a city and wanted to make new connections while trying local restaurants.

The idea was in the MVP stage as I tested concepts with a Meetup community. If successful, I planned to build it into a full product with the mission of connecting people hungry for food, friendship, and thought-provoking conversation.
2007 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience and Philosophy

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI, USA


Slack, Apple Keynote, Pivotal Tracker, Sketch, Sketch 4, InVision, Trello, Jira, Figma, Confluence, G Suite, GitHub

Industry Expertise

Healthcare, Specialty Healthcare, Nonprofits, Health & Wellness, Health, Health Insurance


Scrum, Agile, HIPAA Compliance, Rapid Prototyping, Agile Product Management, Agile Project Management, Requirements Analysis, Acceptance Testing, B2B2C, Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C), Data Science, B2C


Business Analysis, Product Owner, Product Strategy, Startups, Data Analytics, Health IT, Product Ownership, Estimation & Planning, Discovery, Communication, Digital Health, Scrum Master, Product Management, Digital Strategy, Product Roadmaps, Product Vision, User Empathy, Data Privacy, Remote Team Leadership, Web Product Management, Medical Product Manager, Healthcare IT, User Stories, Digital Product Management, Conceptualization, Roadmaps, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Product Conceptualization, Sprint Planning, Mockups, Stakeholder Engagement, Backlog Grooming, Backlog Management, Trend Analysis, Value Proposition, Monetization, Team Leadership, Requirements & Specifications, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Microsoft PowerPoint, Lean, Data Reporting, Feature Planning, Feature Prioritization, Feature Roadmaps, Business Cases, Process Management, Project Management & Delivery, Software as a Service (SaaS), Project Delivery, Business Processes, Process Improvement Project Management, Software, Process Optimization, Process Improvement, Business Process Optimization, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD), Business Development, Partnerships, Business Models, Product Marketing, B2B, Product Launch, Graphic Design, Product Sales, Hiring, Pricing Strategy, Product Design, User Experience (UX), Competitive Intelligence, User Interface (UI), iOS, Business Strategy, Mobile, Web, Analytics, Remote Work, User Research, User-centered Design (UCD), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Web UX, Regulated Industries, Mobile Apps, Wireframing, SaaS Product Management, SaaS, API Integration, Google Calendar, Business Intelligence (BI), Technical Product Management, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Excel, Linux, CSS, Agency, Stakeholder Management, Leadership, Miro, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), HTML, JavaScript, Android, SQL, MVP Design, Management, Board Presentations, Web Development, Strategy, Project Management, Project Scoping, React, Lean Startups, Early-stage Startups, Startup Funding, Startup Growth Strategy Development, Sales, Tech Sales, Recruiting, B2B Partnerships, B2B Product Management, Business to Business (B2B), Business to Consumer (B2C), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google APIs

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