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Connie Kwan
Works at Atlassian Software Systems
Attended Presidio School of Management
Lives in Silicon Valley
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  As a Product Manager, a common challenge I come across is helping people see the big picture. It is common for someone to be so close to the detail that it becomes unnatural to step back and see the point of it all.  Th...
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I had a chance to interview Merino's head of Sustainability while in New Zealand. Check out my article and video.
Merino brings traceable, sustainably-produced wool to market by working directly with farmers and the value chain.
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A little office cheer for your day:
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Thanks. Will try tonight.
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Climbing Mt.Nut to Close a Sale
I listened to this quick YouTube video by Victor Antonio about how to close a sale.  I found it useful in understanding the resistance that I need to overcome in order to close a sale. You have to conquer Mt. Nut to close.  That acronym refers to  Money Tim...
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Are you in sales now, Connie?
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5 Ways to Fascinate your Audience
I listened to the book Fascinate along with 13+ of my Product Management peers at Atlassian.   We wanted to see how this book can improve our work as product managers and here are the lessons I learned.  I recommend listening to the book at 1.5x speed, sinc...
I listened to the book Fascinate along with 13+ of my Product Management peers at Atlassian.   We wanted to see how this book can improve our work as product managers and here are the lessons I learned.  I recommend listening...
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(Challenge accepted) at #atlassian summit 2014
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We built the foundation for a commercial aquaponics system today at   #SchoolGrown  
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One thing I've learned as I've aged: you got to moisturize
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Breakthrough Business Negotiation
Breakthrough Business Negotiation is a simple to read book by Michael Watkins, professor at Harvard Business School.  Here are some highlights: Build character in your employees, not just skill.  This is particularly important when you start outsourcing you...
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Installed solar over the weekend with Sunwork. Thanks Alex! 
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Want to know how to keep sex alive in your married life?  How about talking to your kids about sex, religion and doing chores?
Want to know how to keep sex alive in your married life?  How about talking to your kids about sex, religion and doing chores?  And have you had to tell grandma she's going to a retirement home yet?  This book is an amalgamat...
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I can't wait to give AJ his morning checklist and take a 15% tax cut from him!
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A Review of Decisive, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (4.2 stars)
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 quick read. The most common technique for decision making is the Pros and Cons table. But this technique is insufficient...
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Education
  • Presidio School of Management
    MBA, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Waterloo
    Computer Engineering, 1998 - 2004
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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.
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Drove a solar car across the US + Presented Realmealz.com on stage at Health 2.0
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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
Connie Kwan's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
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?
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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

Happy, the movie by Roko Belic
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Happy is an uplifting documentary that takes the viewer on a world journey in search of happiness. What makes people happy? How does our cul

The Lean Startup
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The Lean Startup is a book by entrepreneur and investor Eric Ries. A must read for product managers and leaders in companies large and small

Having Women on Corporate Boards Increases Profits and Sustainability
www.triplepundit.com

Emerging research suggests having women on a company's board of directors increases a company's profits and its use of sustainable best prac

Atlassian
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We're the makers of JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, Stash, HipChat and a dozen other products for collaboration and product development.

Explore the ocean with Google Maps
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Google Maps strives to provide people around the globe with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world - including the und

Sourcemap
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The open directory of supply chains and carbon footprints

How Walmart Is Changing China
www.theatlantic.com

The world’s biggest corporation and the world’s most populous nation have launched a bold experiment in consumer behavior and environmental

Product Manager, Google.org Governance - Mountain View - Google Jobs
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This position is based in Mountain View, CA. The area: Technology Infrastructure. Behind everything our users see online is the architecture

The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal
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The Willpower Instinct is a book about the ins and outs of human willpower, and how we can best leverage this resource. It is an extremely p

Video Interview: Why Are Kids Allergic To So Many Things These Days?
www.triplepundit.com

In this video interview, author of The Unhealthy Truth, Robyn O'Brien, chronicles her journey behind the American food system, which started

Hundreds (or seemingly hundreds) of great sorbet options. Try their chocolate cono with Tres Leches, topped with Pina con Chile. Awesome.
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This review is for their restaurant, which we visited twice during our stay in Tepoztlan even though we didn't stay at this hotel, because it was just that awesome. The view from the restaurant is stunning, and the service extremely attentive. Then there's the food.... Amazing items that stand out from other places in the world: *Duck with Blackberry sauce - to die for. Most amazing duck and sauce combo I have ever tasted, and I love duck so I taste it everywhere I go! Great items that are well executed: *Bread - the crispy french loafs were my favorite, but they were all fresh, hot and great. Everyday the bread changes. *Creme Brulee L'orange - tasty! *Chicken Mole - amazing sauce and chicken. The beans on the dish were even more amazing!
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Meh. Skimpy on ingredients in the rolls
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reviewed a month ago
Amazing everything! Pizza was great. Also had the fish on Israeli couscous. Delicious! Desserts were all amazing, we tried and licked the dish on every one. Come for lunch to avoid the dinner crowds.
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reviewed 2 months ago
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We love this place so much we went back 4 times while we were in Mexico City. Must have items that are one of the best in the world: *Lasagna *Guava Pastry *Chocolate Drink - hot or cold
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Good dim sum, which is available on weekdays too. Good Service. Here's the good to eat here... Great to eat here: Bamboo tofu skin wrap, ordered two! Turnip cake, if you get it ordered and hot (instead of from a cart). Any steamed shrimp based dumplings. Oxtail stew, omg! Better elsewhere: Steamed Rice rolls (better at cooking papa) Egg tarts Stuffed mushrooms. Bleh. Fried balls
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reviewed a month ago
has chirashi and unagi don. decent fish, especially loved the butter fish and albacore. unagi was excellent. very good for the price.
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reviewed 4 months ago