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On Tuesday, March 21st, Talener Director Kate Byrnes partnered with Meetup organizer Jie Zhang (JZ) to host a lively discussion at Talener DC.  The meetup, Product Management Advice, 5 Cents, covered topics such as lean startup, enterprise innovation and prioritization.

JZ began the meetup by setting two goals for each attendee: Goal 1 – Meet one new person; Goal 2 – Leave with one new solution. Attendees wrote questions on sticky notes and then each were divided into groups by category.  The four guest speakers, Elliot Susel and Teague Hopkins, freelance workers alongside Kristian Bouw from Notion Theory and Pete Oliver Kruger from Going Green Today, each took a categorized group, holding informative discussions on each topic within the groups.

Attendee, Anna N., thanked the organizers for hosting the Meetup, saying “it is one of the most engaging and well facilitated Meetups I have been to. The format encouraged a good learning/collaborati­ve environment with the mentors and opportunity for a natural, personal connection with others. Goals were clearly defined in the beginning and achieved. Looking forward to the next one!”

Each attendee left with at least one solution to their inquiries.  After groups of interactive discussions, both goals were met successfully, leaving each attendee with a sense of accomplishment.

JZ and Kate have another Meetup in the works covering the 2018 SXSW (South by Southwest) convention on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Those who should attend this next Meetup are product managers who would like to announce or speak at SXSW 2018, or understand what they can get out of this tech and culture conference. SXSW is held in Austin, TX the first week of March each year.  Answers to frequently asked questions such as “What do I need to prepare?” “Should I go?” and “What can I get out of it?” will all be addressed at the meetup.  For more information about the May 3rd Meetup, click here.  Follow Talener on social media for more information about the future Meetups and new job openings!

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