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Understanding Products in EdTech - Fireside Chat with Experts

  • 125 Summer Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)
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From ideation to launch, developing a product takes multiple steps and many collaborations along the way. The success of a product lies with the team that is involved with it from start to finish, from its conception to creation, marketing, launch, and then management.

In this panel discussion, we will cover the steps it takes to develop products in general, and specifically for EdTech - the management behind it and the various strategies they employ! Join us for this fireside chat with product experts as they discuss key learning and insights from their careers and how they have helped shape organizations.

Panel Bio:

Amar Kumar is the Senior Vice President of Product & Portfolio Management at Pearson Education. In this role, Amar leads a team that defines the strategy and sets the plans for the products and services used at all Connections Academy schools. Prior to Pearson, Amar was working with McKinsey and Company’s education and high-tech practices. He also served as a teacher and a principal at a rural school in Bangalore, India, which is where his passion for education was ignited. Amar's thoughts on education can be watched here:

Bruce McCarthy is a serial entrepreneur, , organizer, and speaker at product, UX, and innovation events around the world. He helps growing organizations achieve their product visions through workshops, mentoring, and team coaching. Bruce's co-wrote Product Roadmapping Relaunched: How to Set Direction While Embracing Uncertainty ( and opines regularly about Product Culture ( This is required as it's the only way the security in the building will let you access to GA's event space.

6:30 - 6:40 - Introduction
6:40 - 6:55 - Bruce McCarthy's talk on products
6:55 - 7:10 - Amar Kumar's talk on products
7:10 - 7:25 - Fireside chat between Bruce and Amar on Product Management and Strategy
7:25 - 7:40 - Q & A
7:40 - 7:50 - Closing Remarks
7:50 - 8:15 - Networking

Directions & Public Transportation: If you are taking public transportation, General Assembly is located right across from South Station.

Parking: There is a parking garage located at 20 Lincoln St ($12 after 5). We also recommend parking at the Garage at Post Office Square ($9 after 4 pm) or LAZ Parking's 100 High St Garage ($11 after 5:30).

Registration and Check-in: Please bring your photo ID and GA confirmation email with you when checking in at the lobby of 125 Summer Street. The front desk staff will then give you access to the General Assembly on the 13th floor.

Special thanks to General Assembly for once again offering a venue for events like these.