One of my favorite New York City conferences is back after taking a 1-year hiatus. GEL’13 will be on from April 17-19 with Thursday, April 18th being the main day for presentations. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Back to Life” and GEL is taking place in a much smaller venue than before (so get your tickets soon as they will sell out, also: early bird ends this coming Monday).
What makes GEL so special is that Mark Hurst who organizes the conference always brings together a wonderfully diverse and thought provoking group of speakers. And Mark tends to be ahead of the curve. For instance, Sal Khan spoke at GEL in 2010 when Khan Academy was still subsisting on a bit of online advertising (btw, Sal’s TED talk wasn’t until a year later). Add to that a fun set of activities and workshops throughout New York and you get a unique experience.
Foursquare’s new release was a big deal. I wrote yesterday about the courage it takes to make these kind of changes. Fred posted today about how he loves the “like” for check-ins. My personal favorite is the amazing new feed. I have already discovered several awesome lists and to-dos in the feed. I can now add those with a single click. Before the new release I might not even have seen them.
All of this points to the importance of product and with it product management for the success of startups. I therefore want to bring more attention to a wonderful community of product managers that you can find at ProductTank. Martin Eriksson from USV portfolio company Covestor is one of the driving forces behind this group. They now have meetups in London, New York and Amsterdam.
They are also running what looks to be an excellent conference this September in London called Mind The Product 2012 (hence the title of this post). I would encourage everyone working on or interested in product management to check out this event!