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10 Product Industry Influencers You Should Be Following

Shout out to the Product people of the world.

Without them, none of the software solutions or apps we love would be here today. If you’re building and managing products, it can often feel like life is a nonstop rollercoaster and every time one box is checked, another five are added.

So we thought we’d pause and take a moment to recognize some influential people in the Product Management community. From sharing best practices to creating networks and solutions, these people are making an impact on the discipline and the community in big ways.

Meet some of these stellar human beings in person at Pulse 2019. Learn more about this exciting event for product managers here.

SC Moatti, Founder of Products That Count

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers SC Moatti

SC Moatti founded Products That Count, one of the largest networks of product managers in the world. It has a community of over 20,000 product managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Moatti is also a technology visionary, entrepreneur and investor. She is the founding partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that invests in companies building “products that count”—products that transform lives and create value at scale.

In addition to her investments in the Product community, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on business and technology, lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, and NPR. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also an award-winning bestselling author and the mind behind, “Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology.”

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SC Moatti will share best practices for accelerating growth in her session, “How to Unlock New Sources of Business Growth.”


Dan Olsen, Founder/Author of Lean Product

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Dan Olsen

Dan Olsen is a well-known PM consultant and the author of the bestseller, “The Lean Product Playbook,” a practical guide to achieving product-market fit. In 2014, he founded the Lean Product Silicon Valley community which has over 7,800 members who gather monthly to discuss how to apply Olsen’s principles when building products. On top of that, he founded a product management and lean startup consulting company, Olsen Solutions, which has helped companies like Facebook,  Box, PayPal, Walmart, and Medallia.

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Dan Olsen will teach you a simple but effective process in his session, “How to Achieve Market Fit.”


Janna Bastow, Co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Janna Bastow

As a product manager, Bastow has always been on the lookout for better tools to help her craft. So, in typical PM fashion, she created the solution to a known problem and co-founded ProdPad, a software solution that helps PMs manage their roadmap and product backlog.

In addition, Bastow co-founded Mind the Product, an international Product community that has world-class training and workshops, a vibrant Slack community with over 23K members, and meetups in over 170 cities. She also works with leading companies as a trainer and mentors them on building products within a budget.

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Ryan Hoover, Founder of Product Hunt

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Ryan Hoover

In 2013, Ryan Hoover founded Product Hunt, the go-to site for product discovery and one of the hottest sites in tech. It has over a million users sharing, upvoting, and geeking out about the newest technology products, games, and books. Members also get the opportunity to interact directly with product creators, investors, journalists, and other people who are passionate about products.

Passionate for sharing ideas, Hoover has written over 150 essays and has been featured in popular publications like TechCrunch, Forbes, Fast Company, and The Next Web. Hoover also shared his expertise with Nir Eyal, Wallstreet Best Selling Author, used in his book, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.”

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Suzanne Abate, Product Coach

Suzanne is a PM coach and helps people launch and scale their digital products. She’s also the owner of 100ProductManagers—a one-stop resource for product managers. They provide free tools and advanced training, as well as a weekly podcast that interviews 100 active product managers across LA every season.

Abate is also the owner of The Development Factory. The Development Factory team helps people develop and launch custom software products by providing them with temporary teams, expert advice, and product delivery methods.

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Martin Eriksson, Founder of Product Tank

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Martin Eriksson

Martin Eriksson is a Product leader, speaker, author, and advisor. With over 20 years in product management, he’s dedicated to sharing his expertise and connecting other product managers across the globe. He’s the founder of Product Tank, a global meetup for Product professionals with over 150,000 members across more than 155 cities. He also co-founded Mind the Product, alongside Janna Bastow.

In 2017, Eriksson co-authored the best-selling book, “Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams.”

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Melissa Perri, Product Consultant & Coach, Produx Labs

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Melissa Perri

Melissa Perri is on a mission to “help make Product Managers and their organizations awesome.” She does this through coaching, consulting, and training as Founder/CEO of Produx Labs. She’s also the creator and lead instructor of Product Institute, an online school for product managers.

Perri is well-known in the Product community as the author of, “Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value.” Her methods for “escaping the build trap” are the topic of her frequent speaking engagements at product conferences around the globe.

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Learn from this influencer!

We sat down with Melissa Perri to ask her how we can be better product managers and compiled all the answers into a blog post. Read our article, “Melissa Perri Shares the Secrets Behind Successful Products” and learn how you can build more mindful product experiences.


Scott Belsky, Executive, Author, Investor

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Scott belsky

Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. He also currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President for Creative Cloud. Belsky has authored two national bestselling books, “Making Ideas Happen” and, “The Messy Middle,” and created 99U—a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.

Belsky is passionate about empowering the careers of creative people. He’s an active advisor and investor in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design. He’s well-known as one of the biggest advocates for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people.

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Ken Norton, Senior Operating Partner at GV

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Ken Norton

Ken is a senior operating partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures) where he provides product and engineering support to more than 300 portfolio companies including Uber, Nest, and Slack. When he was a PM at Google, he led product initiatives for popular Google products that we all know and love. GoogleDocs, Google Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps are just some of his gifts to the working world. He is a well-known thought leader in tech and startup culture.

Norton is a frequent writer on the topic of product management and his essay, “How to Hire a Product Manager,” has become a go-to playbook for PMs.

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Nir Eyal, Author, Public Speaker, Consultant

Gainsight 10 Product Experience Influencers Nir Eyal

If you’re in the Product industry, you know Nir Eyal. Product guru and author of the bestseller, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” Eyal is always sharing his learnings with the Product community. When he’s not sharing through books or speaking events, he’s doing so through NirandFar, his blog is about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. His projects help companies create behaviors that benefit their users. His ideas have been featured on popular sites like TechCrunch, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

Eyal is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies. He’s also invested in tech companies like Eventbrite, Anchor.fm (acquired by Spotify), and Product Hunt.

Learn from this influencer!

Read our article, “How to Make Your Product Scientifically Irresistible,” to learn more about Nir Eyal’s habit-forming product theories.


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Meet Product influencers at Pulse 2019

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Pulse 2019 is the place to be if you’re looking to meet some Product influencers or, better yet, become one! In its 7th year, Pulse is introducing an immersive Product Management track featuring speakers from this article and others from Google, Engagio, and much more. Pulse 2019 is the place for Product veterans and aspiring leaders alike to learn best practices to cultivate customer-centric product experiences.