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Connie Kwan
Works at Atlassian Software Systems
Attended Presidio School of Management
Lives in Silicon Valley
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The Coaching Habit
I read a getAbstract summary of The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier.  This appealed to me since I'm working on my coaching at work as I build out my product management team. The book talks about how to form a habit generally, as well as the habits ...
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A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment
I took a Coursera class called A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment , which I highly recommend. I was definitely happier while taking the class because professor Raghunathan kept the lessons fun and lighthearted, and also because it inspired me to survey how...
I took a Coursera class called A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment, which I highly recommend. I was definitely happier while taking the class because professor Raghunathan kept the lessons fun and lighthearted, and also becau...
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Happier at Home
I read Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin a long time ago and just got around to publishing my notes on it. As I re-read my notes, I get the feeling that this book is jam packed of little tips similar to ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff.” So here’s the download:...
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Image by funeralwind Games are fun ways to train your ability to think innovatively in an easy, inexpensive, and entertaining way. Here’s a simple one you can try either on your own or with a friend. You can play this anyt...
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My drawing. To see what an elephant really looks like, click here We’ve all been there before. You’re listening to someone speak, and in your head, all you can think about is how complete and utterly WRONG this person is. ...
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Zeno of Elea was a Greek philosopher in 5th century BC who is famous for creating a set of puzzles, the most famous of which, is arguably the Dichotomy Paradox. Here’s how it works. Say you’re trying to cross a 20 foot room...
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The tortoise trades its speed for the protection of its shell. Image from pixabay under Creative Commons license. Mediocre product managers find it easy to spec out the next product in their portfolio. Secret Codename 2 is ...
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Last week, someone who runs an after-school program for disadvantaged kids reminded me of something very important. She told me that the kids she works with aren’t exposed to the kind of thinking I talk about in my blog. Ev...
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Now I want to hear the rest of the story!
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I think this is the best article so far +Eric Liu !
Image used under under Creative Commons CC0 I am a Silicon Valley engineer and a product manager. As such, I have been bathed in the holy waters of data and baptized into the religion of metrics. Numbers are hard, knowable...
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Image by Rei at English Wikipedia, CC by SA 3.0 I love pie (blackberry if you must ask), and I love ice cream. But put the two together, and I’m in heaven. Something about the combination of a crispy, savory crust, flavorf...
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Education
  • Presidio School of Management
    MBA, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Waterloo
    Computer Engineering, 1998 - 2004
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Female
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Entrepreneur + Product Manager
Introduction
I create and grow sustainable products and businesses to benefit people, planet and profit. I love food, dance and technology. I designed and launched www.realmealz.com, created interactive wireframes for ImpactIQ, worked on business strategy with Sourcemap.com and managed software, solar and semiconductor products at Microsoft, Atlassian, SunPower and Cypress respectively. I can help you strategize your products and business, create compelling business plans and deliver high quality agile products. My work is visually compelling and design oriented. I hold an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Bachelor in Computer Engineering fromUniversity of Waterloo in Canada. In my spare time, I conduct interviews about triple-bottom-line companies for TriplePundit.
Bragging rights
Drove a solar car across the US + Presented Realmealz.com on stage at Health 2.0
Work
Occupation
Entrepreneur + Product Manager
Employment
  • Atlassian Software Systems
    Principal Product Manager, 2013 - present
    Running the Atlassian App Store at marketplace.atlassian.com
  • www.RealMealz.com
    Founder, CEO, 2011 - 2013
  • www.sourcemap.org
    Marketing and Social Media, 2010 - 2011
  • SunPower
    Product Manager, 2007 - 2009
  • Cypress Semiconductor
    Product Manager, 2004 - 2007
  • DataPeople
    Founder, 2001 - 2003
  • Microsoft
    Senior Product Manager, 2012 - 2013
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Silicon Valley
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Lean Forward Down the Mountain
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

You’re high up on a snow-covered mountain, wind whipping through your hair as you ski past a blur of pine trees down towards a pristine alpi

A Guide to Being Wrong
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Being right is fun. Being wrong, not so much. Is being wrong really that bad? As with most things, it’s a question of timing. BE WRONG EARLY

The Tyranny of Metrics: you get what you ask for
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Image used under under Creative Commons CC0 I am a Silicon Valley engineer and a product manager. As such, I have been bathed in the holy wa

How to Draw an Elephant: make others less infuriating and expand your kn...
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

My drawing. To see what an elephant really looks like, click here We’ve all been there before. You’re listening to someone speak, and in you

Solving Zeno's Paradox for Innovation
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Zeno of Elea was a Greek philosopher in 5th century BC who is famous for creating a set of puzzles, the most famous of which, is arguably th

Innovation Pie a la Mode: Pairing for delicious success
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Image by Rei at English Wikipedia, CC by SA 3.0 I love pie (blackberry if you must ask), and I love ice cream. But put the two together, and

Become Better at Make Believe: Choose the stick over the light saber
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Image by Fraylen under Creative Commons License “Make Believe” is perhaps one of the oldest childhood games in history. It’s a very simple g

Slower, Weaker, and Less Reliable: the Power of Tradeoffs
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

The tortoise trades its speed for the protection of its shell. Image from pixabay under Creative Commons license. Mediocre product managers

Brainstorm Meatloaf: awesome if you do it right
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Image by Jeffrey W under Creative Commons license Brainstorming has become synonymous with innovation. There have been hundreds of books and

Funnel Cake: Opening and closing the funnel
www.newinnovationcookbook.com

Image by Ines Hegedus-Garcia There are hundreds of diagrams on “new product development”, “innovation”, or “problem solving”. Instead of dra

How do Commodity Suppliers go Sustainable?
www.triplepundit.com

Merino brings traceable, sustainably-produced wool to market by working directly with farmers and the value chain.

Leveraging your Follower's Network
blog.conniekwan.com

Whether you're an activist trying to change the world, or a Product Manager shipping new features, the biggest hurdle is engaging people to

3 Tips for Sustainable Blogging
blog.conniekwan.com

If a tree fell in the forest and no one blogged about it, did it fall? If the last entry on said blog was one year ago, is the blog consider

A Review of Decisive, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (4.2 stars)
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I read “Decisive” by Dan Heath and Chip Heath recently and picked up a few techniques on making great decisions. It's definitely worth a qui

Toys”R”Us reminds us that kids prefer plastic to nature
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In a new ad, kids are pranked into thinking they're going on a boring field trip to a forest VIDEO

HipChat Beta
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Help test the latest features, bug fixes, and performance improvements with the HipChat for Android Beta.Please report bugs and suggestions

Blue Ocean Strategy: Are you in a business bloodbath?
www.fivelessonsfrom.com

I woke up this morning thinking about work, and wanted to summarize a great book that I read while in business school. The book is Blue Ocea

Influencer: Exercise your influence muscles!
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Influencer was written back in 2007 but a friend lent me her copy and I have to say, it's the best read so far this year for me. As a Produc

The First 90 Days
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The first 90 days, by Michael Watkins, is a very useful read for anyone making a transition into a new organization. I'm listening to it for

Excellent fish quality and great service at dinner. We didn't ask for a check split but they did it automatically and figured out the couples. Would come back again. Huge portions. Great: Ika nigiri Deluxe spider roll Rainbow roll OK: Momoya chicken
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Amazing: Scallops with risotto.. would get that risotto again, the subtle truffle flavor is addictive! Tomato bisque.. the pesto on to is awesome. Bread pudding.. amazing sauce Good: Shaking beef.. solid beef quality. Liked the daikon on it too
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reviewed a week ago
Very cute place right next to the desert. Camel rides leave from the backyard. Fried dough at breakfast was great. We didn't actually stay overnight here since we stayed in the desert instead but used the pool which was old but decent.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Awesome homemade pastas and excellent service. Indoor and outdoor seating are very comfortable here. Awesome and would get again: Squid ink pasta Mushroom pasta Broccoli side Good but will skip next time: Pork ribs pasta Tiramisu
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Pesto penne and stuffed chicken were both awesome. Such big portions! Side veggies were garlicky and great! Love love love the setting with beautiful pond and lots of koi. Friendly service. Even had live guitar music for lunch.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing visit with the animals and great staff. You learn stories about the individual animals and how they came to be there. Beautiful space and view too
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reviewed a month ago
Amazing! I'd give 6 stars if I could. This place goes above and beyond on service, it's our favorite part about being in Marrakesh! Aside from exquisitely decorated and comfortable rooms, they also have: *pre-washed free fruit everywhere in the Riad, *awesome sit-down welcome to answer all your questions, *mobile phone during your stay so you can call them if you get lost, *free laundry service *eat your breakfast anywhere you want in the Riad *free tea / coffee / juice delivered anywhere in the Riad anytime *unlimited drinking water The most amazing is the friendly service. They always greet us when we come back and ask about our day, then make suggestions for the next day. They send someone to the bus station to buy tickets for us when it couldn't be purchased via phone. In everything they do they go above and beyond. We are so pleased with hotel and staff and definitely recommend it to everyone. I rarely leave a general tip but I left one for the entire staff after this stay, which they will split amongst the staff.
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