The First Round Product Program: A New Masterclass for Product Managers in NYC
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It’s an amazing time to build a startup in New York. We’re fortunate to be a part of this movement, investing in NYC-based companies like Blue Apron, Flatiron Health and Warby Parker. But as demand for product expertise grows, a gap is emerging. The tech ecosystem in New York is smaller and greener, offering fewer resources for career growth, mentorship and skill building — particularly for product leaders on their way up.
We’re already working to shrink this gap by connecting PMs to mentors and seasoned advisors, but more is needed. We believe the best technology companies are built by product visionaries. Accelerating them accelerates the industry. Inspired by the Associate Product Manager programs we’ve seen in Silicon Valley, we want to bring that same opportunity and community to New York — and lay the groundwork for a new generation of remarkable product leaders and entrepreneurs.
This fall, we’re launching the First Round Product Program, a Masterclass for a small cohort of rising star product managers in New York City.
From September to December, we’ll run bi-weekly sessions split into two halves. The first hour will be a seminar or workshop taught by experienced visionaries in the field, including (pictured above) Kit Founder and CEO Camille Hearst, Betterment Chief Innovation Officer Anthony Schrauth, Last.fm, Drip and Vine Product Leader Hannah Donovan, Flatiron Health VP of Product Geoff Calkins, Adaptly VP of Product Kristen Donnino, and Viacom SVP Product Mike Berkley. Topics will include goal-setting, product prioritization, analytics, iteration, growth, and much more.
The second hour of each session is designed to be a rare peer-to-peer exchange of ideas, tactics and advice for solving the specific challenges participants face in their current roles. They’ll be able to crowd-source wisdom customized to their work — and establish a network of colleagues who will define the industry for years to come.
Applications are open until August 21st. All expenses are covered. The ideal student is a New York-based product manager with at least one year of experience who’s looking to level up. As always, we’re looking to build diverse and inclusive experiences that make the whole ecosystem stronger. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.