May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we’re taking a moment to celebrate the achievements of API Product Leaders, and to recognize the struggles that the community faces. Anti-Asian hatred is nothing new, but has become a focus this year, and if you work in the tech/product worlds, you have a vested interest in making sure it stops. Why? Because products built for everyone need to be built by everyone.
As the VP of Engineering and Product at Facebook, Ning Li has been helping the company to build great products and features for over 12 years. Starting out in 2009 as an engineer in Ads infrastructure, she now leads the core Ads Product Group, and serves as Product Group Lead where she supports both Engineering and Product Management functions. She holds a degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang University, and a Masters in CS from Indiana University Bloomington. Through her work with Facebook, Ning and her teams make sure that the right ads get seen by the right people, at the right time.
Eunice Kim is a powerhouse of product talent, with some very impressive experience under her belt. She’s currently working as the VP of Product Innovation at Netflix, where she leads the teams that are pretty much writing the book on how to build great products. Before Netflix, Eunice worked as Director of Product Management at YouTube Commerce and Director of Business Innovation at Google Play. Eunice benefits from her cross-functional background, having also worked in finance (Senior Finance Manager at Adobe) and marketing (Brand Management at PepsiCo).
If you think about the products you use the most on a daily basis, chances are that Peter Deng has had a hand in all of them! Currently the Chief Product Officer at Airtable (a firm favorite in the product community!) Peter’s resume also boasts Head of Rider at Uber, Head of Product Management at Oculus VR, Head of Product at Facebook, Head of Product at Instagram, and Product Marketer at Google. There’s no one who understands how to collaborate to get great products built better than Peter, making him the perfect fit for Airtable’s CPO.
A veteran of the PM world, Sabrina Ellis was doing product management before anyone knew it was a thing! Starting her career in 1999, Sabrina went on to work at Yahoo as a Senior Product Manager across Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger. Now, as Vice President of Product Management at Google, Sabrina has spent an entire decade helping to shape products used by millions, at one of the world’s most influential companies. Simultaneously, she serves on the board of Asurion, which serves over 300 million customers.
Brandon Chu is the VP of Product and Platform at Shopify, where he and his teams enable developers and partners around the world to make apps, by providing developer tools, APIs, marketplaces, and B2B network capabilities. Before Shopify, he worked as Director of Product Management for FreshBooks, and co-founded Tunezy, which would later go on to be acquired by SFX Entertainment after raising two rounds of capital. An entrepreneur in spirit and a talented product leader in practice is an inspiration to all who work with him.
Kimberlee Chang Mendes has spent her 12+ in product working with some of the biggest brands out there. She first rose through the ranks at Walmart, going from Product Manager in Store Integration to Director of Product Management in Global eCommerce. She then moved on to product management at Apple, as Head of Global Omnichannel Experience. She now works with teams at Nike as Vice President of Digital Product Management, Core Commerce. At Nike, she leads creation, scale and growth of consumer experiences and capabilities fueling end to end consumer journeys across Nike's digital, physical and consumer services ecosystem.
Sports fans and product lovers find plenty of common ground with Jay Lee, who serves as Vice President, Head of Product Experience for the NBA’s next gen platform. Before joining NBA, he spent a few years at Nike, leading product strategy, roadmap definition and execution for coaching, running (NRC) and training (NTC) mobile products. He also spent nearly 8 years with ESPN working across mobile, video, and international digital media. A man of many talents, he also founded is own independent record label in 2003.
Jen You is an experienced technical product and business executive, who has been an early founding member in three startups as well as lending her talents to big names like Facebook, WeWork, and Nestlé. She currently works at Uber as Head of Mobility Verticals, which she joined in early 2021. Jen is also a champion for women in tech, serving as a chapter leader for Harvard’s Alumnae Network for Women, and a mentor for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
Linus Chung is a product leader with a deep understanding and a wealth of experience in consumer product, user growth and global expansion. Linus earned his stripes as a professional in the product space across an impressive list of brands, including LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tesla. Currently working with Coinbase as Director of Product, he’s helping to build the best home for money on the internet, where he leads cross-functional teams and defines the product strategy for one of the most rapidly growing companies around.
Responsibility is the name of the game for YouTube’s Woojin Kim. As VP of Product Management, Woojin leads the Responsible Growth product area in Search & Discovery. His team is responsible for protecting YouTube’s community from harmful and controversial content, whilst also managing sensitive event and civics projects. His work on YouTube’s response to the 2020 election and COVID-19 response helped to minimize misinformation and conspiracies, whilst making helpful information accessible to all. As the lead for Discovery and Growth, Woojin and his team owns the company-level goal for DAU & engagement growth.
Austin Chen is a seasoned product leader with over 8 years of experience in building and growing high functioning teams in product, analytics, and operations. Currently working as Head of Product at Apple, where he leads the teams working on Platoon, a London-based music startup acquired in 2018. Austin’s mission as a product leader is to build products that empower the creator economy. Before his work at Apple, Austin also co-founded Asaii, a talent platform for the music industry which provides actionable music data, insights, and trends so that it is easier for entertainment professionals to find, manage, and grow talent.
Diana Chen knows all there is to know about taking products from 0 to 1 and beyond! Currently working as Head of Product at Amazon Music Subscription and Promotion, Diana leads the Product team responsible for growing millions of paid subscribers on Amazon Music. She started her career in consulting to solve vast problems for Fortune 500 clients in Communications & Technology before becoming a passionate consumer product leader. Diana spent over a decade at eBay headquarters and Shanghai leading cross-functional teams to build great products in identity, payments, new product innovation, and for solving cross-border trade pain points to enable economic opportunity for anyone.
As Head of Product at TikTok, Sean Kim is a passionate product leader, on a mission to make content accessible. He’s also involved in the sharing of product management best practices and resources, appearing on podcasts and curating content on Faves. Before TikTok, Sean worked at Amazon, where he was Global Head of Product for Retention at Amazon Prime. With a background in marketing, Sean spent his pre-product years running his own creative boutique, which specialized in digital marketing and e-commerce.
Daniel Chu is the Chief Product Officer at Waymo, where he oversees all of product management, technical program management, user experience design, user experience research, and product data analytics. Given that Waymo serves thousands of users each month, that’s no small task! Luckily, Daniel is an experienced product leader, previously having worked at Google as Group Product Manager for Google Maps and Google Hangouts.
Yuhki is the Vice President of Product at Figma. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Design of New Mobility at Uber where Yuhki led the design for the team that builds new mobility experiences. He held various positions over the course of 4+ years at Uber and started off as a Group Product Manager of the Driver Experience. Before Uber, Yuhki was a Product Manager at Google, responsible for YouTube on iOS and tablets. In addition, he was a Program Manager at Microsoft. Moreover, Yuhki graduated with a B.A in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Alex Shih is a Staff Product TPM at Slack. During his career, Alex has been able to contribute within multiple roles as a Project Manager, Systems Engineer, Business Instructor, and a Product Lead, supporting small enterprises as well as successful multinationals such as Google, Twitter, and Airbnb.Alex’s entrepreneurial spirit eventually led him to co-found his own startup, Global Cycle Solutions, a social enterprise working to develop and disseminate affordable, quality technology for rural Tanzanian villagers. Having worked across a variety of domains, Alex’s work has taken him across the world to Tanzania, India, and Israel, ultimately to settle in the United States.
Jiaona Zhang is an experienced product leader with a strong background in consumer products and platform, having built products that have generated hundreds of millions in revenue. With experience ranging from small-scale to large-scale teams, Jiaona has previously worked at IBM, Dropbox, Airbnb, and WeWork, as well as lecturing on Product Management at Stanford University. Currently working as VP of Product at Webflow, Jiaona has navigated teams through hyper-growth, layoffs, and shifts in company direction. A powerhouse of product talent.
Johnny is currently a Product Lead at Lyft. Before that, he was a Principal Product Manager with them and formerly was Senior Product Manager at Netflix and Linkedin. Originally, he transitioned from an engineering background with 10+ years of successful product experience in these major tech companies, he's uniquely positioned to share his experience to help those who desire to transition into and succeed in product management, which he's also passionate about. You may also follow him on https://IntrovertInProduct.com where he blogs about his experiences and tips to help people at scale.
Eva Feng is Head of Product at Twilio. Before joining Twilio in early 2020, she held various Product roles throughout her professional career. Eva was a Senior Product Manager at Amazon Web Services and SaaS Product Solution Manager at HP where she developed her expertise in enterprise solutions, security, SaaS, and Cloud. Eva holds a Master of Science in Information Technology and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham. Eva is also the funder of Swanfy Consulting, a product management consulting firm that helps businesses build the right product right for their customers.
Peter is a driven Product Manager and best selling author. Currently, he’s a Senior Group Product Manager at Reddit. Prior to his current role he was a Staff Product Manager and Product Lead for the cards marketplace, Credit Karma's largest business vertical; growing revenue by defining and executing on a strategy to become a trusted advisor to help our 100M+ members use cards to make financial progress. Peter worked at Twitch as Senior Product Manager, where he was the Owner of creator dashboard, analytics, and collaboration tools, and worked with multiple engineering teams and mentor junior PMs.
Further Reading and Resources
Stand With Asian Americans: Sign and Donate
Opportunity for Diversity in a Post-Covid World
Diversity and Inclusion in Product: Why It Matters
How to Attract, Hire, and Grow Diverse Product Teams