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Slush 2019 brings you product demos, mentoring and a 1000-strong product management event to mention a few. In other words, there's a lot going on for product managers, engineers, and designers following the Building Product event track.

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Building Product pinpoints the right program, companies, and activities for the thousands of product professionals and software companies coming to Slush 2019. Learn what you wouldn’t learn anywhere else, meet the right people, and have fun while you’re at it.

 

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WHAT’S BUILDING UP AT SLUSH 2019?

Scaling a product from 0 to 1

How to scale a product from 1000 users to a million  and a product team from 5 to 100? There aren’t too many people on the planet who’ve done it, but many of them will be in Helsinki for you to learn from during the Slush Week.

T-shaped understanding

Diverse skills and knowledge are needed to build products that people love. How to combine deep technical knowledge with great design and a thorough understanding of user needs through T-shaped individuals, teams, and products?

The tricks and tools of the trade

The number of product management tools can get overwhelming with separate software for road-mapping, analytics, customer engagement and project management. Which should you prioritize to take your product team’s efficiency to a new level?

Data flood

Data, data, data. How to truly control and utilize all the data streams in making decisions while trying to balance between building and putting out fires? Slush 2019 showcases the people who’ve done just that at some of the fastest-growing companies in the world.

READY TO LAUNCH – A 1000-STRONG KICKOFF EVENT.

Ready to Launch is the perfect kick-off to the Slush week for product-focused founders and investors, Chief Product Officers, Product Managers, and Product Leads. The event revolves around product management at different stages of growth, with talks from experienced product and growth professionals, connecting with your peers and much, much more. B2B, B2C, D2C, B2D – it doesn’t matter. The event is free and attendance is by application only, which means you’ll be in good company.

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CONCRETE ADVICE FROM THE BEST BUILDERS.

The core of the Slush event program is to offer the latest, most concrete know-how on growing and scaling companies – product-building being an essential part of it. Some of the best product leaders, managers, and operators on the planet will be giving talks and personalized mentoring during the Slush Week.

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LEARN FROM THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE FASTEST-GROWING PRODUCT COMPANIES.

April Underwood
Founding Partner of #Angels

April Underwood

Founding Partner of #Angels

April Underwood is a founding partner of the angel investing collective #Angels and a member of the board of directors for Zillow Group. Until 2019, April was the Chief Product Officer at Slack Technologies, Inc., a cloud-based software company that builds professional collaboration tools. Prior to joining Slack, April was Director of Product at Twitter from 2010 to 2015. Previously, April has held product, partnerships, and engineering roles at Google, Travelocity, and Intel.

April holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and Business Honors from The University of Texas at Austin (2001), and an M.B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley (2007). April has received numerous honors, including Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” (2015), Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ (2016), and the highest alumni honor for professional achievement from The University of Texas at Austin, the “Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award” (2019).

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Cameron Adams
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Canva

Cameron Adams

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Canva

Cameron Adams is Chief Product Officer and Co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool which makes graphic design simple for everyone.

Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 15 million users across 190 countries, with more than 1 billion designs created – that’s over 33 designs per second! Today Canva is growing from strength to strength, with over 600 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.

Cameron is responsible for heading up the design and product teams, as well as playing a key role on future product directions and innovations.

Prior to joining Canva, Cameron ran his own successful design consultancy, before joining Google, where he found himself working closely with Lars and Jens Rasmussen (co-founders of Google Maps) to realise the design vision for Google Wave.

He then moved on to build email startup Fluent, before meeting Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht and deciding to bring Canva to the world.

With a strong design background, Cameron has also authored five books on web design and regularly speaks at conferences around the globe.

In his spare time, Cameron enjoys spending time with his two kids, playing music or DJing. And you’re also likely to find him relaxing with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

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Peter Reinhardt
Co-founder & CEO of Segment

Peter Reinhardt

Co-founder & CEO of Segment

Peter Reinhardt is Co-founder and CEO of Segment, the Customer Data Infrastructure company. Founded in 2011 in the dorm rooms of MIT, Segment has raised over $284 million from top investors including Google Ventures, Accel and Meritech Capital, and is now used by thousands of companies around the world. Segment has also been named one of Forbes’ next billion-dollar startups, and Peter was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in 2015.

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Edith Harbaugh
Co-founder & CEO of LaunchDarkly

Edith Harbaugh

Co-founder & CEO of LaunchDarkly

Edith is CEO & Co-founder of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform. Edith has more than 20 years of experience in product, engineering and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups. Most recently she was Product Director at TripIt and Concur. She holds two patents in deployment from her time in engineering at Vignette. She is a contributing writer to DZone, DevOps.com, and ReadWriteWeb; and cohosts the “To Be Continuous” Podcast with Paul Biggar, CircleCI founder. Edith earned a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

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Fredrik Hedberg
Co-founder & CTO of Tink

Fredrik Hedberg

Co-founder & CTO of Tink

Fredrik Hedberg is the CTO and co-founder of Tink – Europe’s leading open banking platform. Tink provides banks, fintechs and start-ups with the infrastructure and value-adding data products that are enabling the future of financial services.

Founded in 2012 together with CEO Daniel Kjellén, and headquartered in Stockholm, Tink gives access to financial data from over 2,500 banks in Europe – and its platform enables the data-driven financial services that’s giving end users the best possible customer experiences.Tink’s technology already powers some of the world’s biggest banks and fintechs – including PayPal, Klarna and NatWest.

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Chris DeWolfe
Founder of Jam City

Chris DeWolfe

Founder of Jam City

Chris DeWolfe is a serial entrepreneur with a track record for building global brands at the nexus of pop culture: social networking, mobile gaming, media, and technology. Having co-founded, helmed and sold MySpace for $580M when it was the highest-trafficked site in the US, Chris DeWolfe went on to create Jam City, a worldwide leader in mobile entertainment. 

Founded in 2010, Jam City is one of the earliest entrants and leading players in mobile gaming, a $75B a year industry, with nearly two-and-half billion players globally. Over the past five years, Jam City has grown over 500% to more than $400M in annual revenue and has been increasingly profitable year over year. Jam City currently owns and operates nine game studios in five countries, with over 700 employees. The company has raised over $300M in funding from some of the industry’s biggest investors and banks. 

The company is the creative power-house behind several of the biggest game titles including Cookie Jam, achieving over $650M in revenue to date; Panda Pop, which has over 125 million downloads; and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the #1 game in over 40 countries at launch in 2018. At any moment around the world, millions of players are enjoying Jam City games. 

Jam City is also the go-to partner for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative-rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands such as Harry Potter, Family Guy, and Frozen (launching in November 2019). 

DeWolfe is a globally recognized entrepreneur. He was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, and also received the Producers Guild of America’s Vanguard award. DeWolfe studied finance at the University of Washington, recently delivering the University’s School of Business commencement address. DeWolfe attended the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, which honored him in 2006 with its Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award. He also serves as an advisor at USC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. DeWolfe resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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A BIT OF BUSINESS…

With 25,000 attendees and 10,000 companies present, Slush 2019 is the biggest business event in the Nordics. 25,000 attendees mean a lot of opportunities for product and software focused companies, whether you’re looking for new team members, customers, partners or awareness.

…AND A LOT OF FUN.

Slush wouldn’t be Slush without having a lot of quirks, oddities, and amusements. Witness one of the largest technical event productions in Europe that has been described as “Cirque du Soleil and Burning Man at the same time” and enjoy Sauna Village, the famous Slush Afterparty, top-notch food and beverages.

 

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FIND THE RIGHT SIDE EVENT FOR YOU.

Half of the fun and value of Slush 2019 is sprinkled all around Helsinki over the course of the Slush Week. Connect with your peers around side events related to product, or find relevant people and companies through industry-specific gatherings.

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