Yoni Balkind, Product Manager in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Yoni Balkind

Product Manager in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Member since April 11, 2019
Yoni is a commercially minded consultant and product adviser to startups and listed corporate entities. He is a qualified lawyer and certified Agile product owner with a diploma in business management. An entrepreneur and digital expert with extensive experience working in distributed teams, Yoni's product experience span a range of platforms (mobile, web, and desktop) and industries such as financial services, telecoms, and legal tech.
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Project Highlights

  • Launched an online legal publication. Grew the readership to 50,000 per month with over 10,000 email subscribers.
  • Oversaw the development of an eCommerce store in Magento.

Expertise

  • Agile Product Management
  • Business Operations
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Legal Technology (Legaltech)
  • Operations
  • Product Strategy
  • Project Delivery
  • Project Planning

Education

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Employment

  • Senior Product Manager

    2017 - PRESENT
    LexisNexis South Africa
    • Supervised the portfolio of legal information products spanning 30 areas of law.
    • Managed a distributed team of developers and content providers.
    • Oversaw the product life cycle across the web and mobile platform.
    • Initiated and drove a product UX redesign and relaunch.
    • Designed and implemented a workflow process for a distributed team.
    • Architected the pricing and marketing strategy in conjunction with sales and marketing function.
    • Promoted the product through speaking engagements, client demos and PR articles.
  • Product Manager

    2014 - 2016
    MultiChoice Pty Ltd
    • Launched a portfolio of country websites with country-specific marketing, self-service functions, and TV guide API integration.
    • Launched Android and iOS apps for leading sports news brand.
    • Managed the production of an eCommerce store built in Magento.
  • Product Portfolio Manager

    2012 - 2014
    CQS Technology Holdings
    • Oversaw a portfolio of software products for the financial services and corporate governance industries.
    • Produced tax software suite enabling accountants to bulk load, calculate, and e-file tax submissions for hundreds of clients at a time.
    • Managed legal governance workflow software suite.
    • Supervised the transition from desktop legacy software to a browser-based solution.

Project History

  • GoLegal
    Launched an online legal publication. Grew the readership to 50,000 per month with over 10,000 email subscribers.

    I deployed a thoughts leadership site for the legal industry with lead forms, jobs board, legal events, and more.

  • eCommerce Store in Magento
    Oversaw the development of an eCommerce store in Magento.

    I managed a project centered around an eCommerce store selling TV hardware together with optional installation services. It required an unusual sales and checkout flow to facilitate combined product and service sales and after-sales tracking.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Business Administration)
    2011 - 2012
    Wits Business School - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Laws degree in Law
    2001 - 2007
    University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Diploma in Web Design
    2005 - 2005
    CityVarsity - Cape Town, South Africa

Certifications

  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
    OCTOBER 2014 - OCTOBER 2018
    Scrum Alliance

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