Product Management

Venture Head of Product

San Francisco, California
Work Type: Full Time

Job Description

As our Venture Head of Product, you will manage the product scope with our corporate partners to build game changing mobility startups; inclusive of partnering with business operations, engineering and design.

The perfect candidate is someone who understands what it takes to build outstanding products at early stage startups. Beyond the intangibles of sound decision-making and leadership in an ambiguous environment, our model additionally asks Product Leads to be experts in identifying distinct insights and shaping product concepts within big opportunities. With this in mind, high caliber user research, prototype testing, feature prioritization, roadmap development and sprint execution skills are must-haves.

Our product managers have the mindset to build. They are organizational masterminds who excel in managing procedures and deadlines every step of the way. Working in collaboration with design and engineering teams, they drive a lean and agile development process, ensuring the seamless delivery of a product that achieves maximum value for users and equity holders alike.

In this role you will:

  • Act as the voice of the customer in the definition of innovative digital solutions as well as ensure the use of best practices in the development delivery of these solutions
  • Champion the MVP concept, distilling the product down to what is desirable, viable and feasible 
  • In some ventures, assume the role of the interim general manager responsible for the successful execution of the entire venture
  • Construct robust user research efforts to identify key personas, pain points, needs and journeys
  • Provide insights into product, technology and market trends
  • Develop feature lists, user stories, and roadmaps
  • Lead the strategic planning and prioritization of the product roadmap, taking into consideration capital spend against budget
  • Gather and manage product feedback through surveys, concept testing, analytics tools, and A/B testing
  • Be a champion of the MVP concept, distilling the product down to what is desirable, viable and feasible
  • Monitor and report on product KPIs
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to scope, design, concept test and deliver innovative solutions

You should have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution in a technical discipline (computer science, electrical engineering), or equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years experience as a Product Manager, preferably within early stage startups in the SaaS, B2B marketplace, and Mobility space
  • Demonstrated track record building and launching successful new businesses from early stages to scale
  • Strong understanding of mobile and web technologies and industries
  • A demonstrated and focused desire to build products and services that customers will love
  • Well-rounded understanding of all aspects required to bring a product and business to market, including market analysis, MVP and product-market fit, positioning, go-to-market, pricing, testing, iterating based on feedback, etc
  • Working knowledge of agile development methodologies
  • Experience launching multiple digital products
  • An ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive information and thrive in a fast-paced, intellectually-demanding and service-oriented environment
  • The ability to manage time and schedules to meet aggressive deadlines and influence through persuasive written and verbal communication
  • The capacity for self-motivation, independent initiative and creative problem-solving
  • A diligent attention to detail and strong technical intuition, as well as the ability to set and manage expectations at the executive level
  • Excellent leadership skills with experience collaborating with cross-functional teams

What You’ll Get

  • At Up.Labs you will get competitive compensation (base + equity) and great benefits (unlimited PTO, medical, dental, vision, 401K). You’ll also have the chance to connect with our network of professionals spanning across our portfolio of companies and the greater UP ecosystem.
  • As a venture team hire helping create our companies from the very early days, you will get early stage equity in a portfolio of companies that are backed by leading corporate investors and our Venture Capital partners.
  • We will compensate you very well, invest deeply in your development, and do everything we can to make sure this is a job you love and want to keep!

UP.Labs Summary:

We build high-growth technology startups that enable faster, cleaner, and safer movement of people and goods. Our vision is to transform the moving world by pairing leading corporations and entrepreneurs with a proven methodology for launching and scaling software and hardware companies.

Our platform is unique in three ways:

  1. Risk: We reward our entire team and ecosystem of partners with meaningful equity
  2. Technology: We build and launch scalable technology products that form the basis for each venture
  3. Industry Focus: We stay focused on the underlying fabric of society mobility and transportation

We work with corporate investors over a multi-year period to launch a portfolio of mobility-focused ventures. Our team is dedicated to the first year of a new venture’s life cycle: from ideation to minimum viable product build (and beyond) to recruiting and hiring the full-time team who will scale the business. We rapidly ideate concepts from scratch and vet them for early indicators of product-market fit.

Our team: 

We are a group of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, who live, eat and breathe mobility. We have all launched early-stage companies and been part of their growth and scale. Our office is located in an airplane hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Los Angeles, where we ideate, prototype, and take an occasional flight (or flying lesson).

Opportunity Spaces:

While we focus on mobility holistically, there are several opportunity spaces that we believe will have a particularly transformative impact on our world. Below are some of the spaces that excite us the most.

  • Sustainability
  • Smart Cities
  • Urban Air Mobility
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Automotive Software

Location: Los Angeles

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