TPC Member Spotlight: Gimkit -- Josh Feinsilber & Jeff Osborn

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Why don’t you tell us a little bit about Gimkit for those reading who aren’t familiar?

Jeff: Gimkit creates memorable learning experiences. Currently, we make a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win. Teachers create quiz games (we call them Kits) that they play in their classrooms to teach new material, review for tests, or achieve mastery on elements of a unit. Gimkit is designed to help teachers effectively teach their material while keeping students engaged and excited.

How did Gimkit get started? What got you all to this point?

Jeff: Josh created Gimkit as a school project during his junior year at Gibson Ek, a project-based public high school in Issaquah. The first place Josh ever published Gimkit was on Product Hunt at the end of October, 2017. (You can see that original post and a pretty awesome thread of comments here.)

The reason Gimkit is at where it’s at is because we worked to create a deep connection with the teachers and students who use Gimkit. And we started building that relationship from day one. Josh and I had personal conversations with Gimkit’s first users to see what worked well and what could be improved on. In those early conversations we also got a ton of student feedback. Josh took what he heard and developed the product to match not what he wanted it to be, but what teachers and students needed. 

May 2019 was our last full month of normal usage for the school year and we had 3M MAUs. We attribute each of those people to the early users who took time with us to help us understand the product better and create something teachers and students truly needed and wanted.

Josh, what is it like to be a full-time developer, founder, & business owner just out of high school?

Josh: It’s pretty crazy, but I’m incredibly fortunate! Running a business is extremely stressful & crazy, but also beyond rewarding. I wouldn’t have been able to get to this point without the tremendous support of my family, friends, school staff, and mentors.

In many ways, I’m extremely excited to focus more on Gimkit now that I’m out of high school. I get to spend most of my day building something that helps students & educators. But, I’m also a bit sad -- I loved my school and all the people there; it will be weird not seeing them almost every day!

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How did the two of you meet and what led you to work together? Would you say your skill sets and work styles are similar and additive or different and complementary?

Jeff: I saw Gimkit, then called Gimlet, on Product Hunt. I reached out to Josh to see if I could help with his name/branding issue. We met up a few weeks after that and I advised/mentored Josh for over a year, then came on full-time at the end of January 2019. Up until that point, Josh had been managing the business, going to school, and going to his internship at FiftyThree. It was a lot for anyone and it forced him to think deeply about whether he wanted to commit to Gimkit full time after high school. Toward the end of 2018 he decided that he did and I joined shortly after that. 

We’re both super silly and have always worked well together. We think in similar but different ways, which helps balance the partnership out. Josh is an incredibly empathetic problem solver and I think I’ve always helped him find ways to connect and hear from the people he wants to help. Also, from the beginning, we’ve never taken anything we say to each other personally, which allows us to focus on teachers, students, and the work.

What do you see as the future of Gimkit? Where would you like it to go?

Jeff: We currently make only one tool for the classroom, but our vision is to build a suite of engaging, easy to use tools that help reshape education for teachers and students.

What are some of the difficulties that come with being a small tech company, particularly working in education?

Jeff: We haven’t experienced many of the difficulties yet, but the big one everyone talks about, and the one that’s right around the corner for us, is the bureaucracy of dealing with districts. Our business model is selling subscriptions to individual teachers. But we want schools and districts to cover as many of those subscriptions as possible. And since group subscriptions (department, school, and district purchases) are a rapidly growing part of our business, we will be dipping our toes in the exciting world of government contacts more and more. We already accept purchase orders from schools, which have a pretty incredible lead-time from quote to purchase, and collecting payment on POs can sometimes be an adventure. But, again, it’s important to us that teachers’ Gimkit purchases are supported by their schools and districts, so we’re happy to learn about that world and figure out how to thrive in it!

Mostly, working in education has been incredible so far. I’ve never seen something spread via word of mouth like Gimkit has in Educator circles. We’ve also seen an unbelievable amount of support from others in our space, large and small. The prevailing attitude seems to be that we’re all in this together to help improve education.

Why is working in education so important to you? What makes you so passionate?

Josh: Education is at the core of almost everything. All the amazing things going on in the world wouldn’t have been possible with education to get to that point. For as much as education has helped so much, it also needs a lot of work. Educators are extremely underpaid and many students aren’t enjoying school every day. I’m passionate to work in education in help solve some of those problems. The effects will ripple throughout everywhere else!

Jeff: I agree with everything Josh said. The added factor for me is that I have two little kids. Since my son was born 5 years ago, I’ve found myself thinking about education more and trying to find ways to be active in education and youth-related organizations. If I can improve the education experience even just a 0.001% before my kids start school, I’ll be happy. The goal of course is to make a larger, longer-lasting impact. Learning is one of the most exciting things in this life, but somehow our education system has turned school into the last place so many students want to be. Josh and I both feel strongly that school can and should be a place teachers and students are excited to be.

So here’s the question we’ve all been waiting for, what was your favorite subject in school?

Josh: Ooh, that’s really quite a tough one. I would say science. It was so interesting to me to discover and investigate about all the things around us and far away.

Jeff: I honestly didn’t like school when I was in it, but I always loved sports. Some of the most important life lessons I’ve ever gotten have come from team sports. I also enjoyed my science classes. I never did well in them, but science always fascinated me. In college, my favorite classes were astronomy and linguistics. 

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FILL IN THE BLANK!

A perfect weekend starts with _______ and ends with __________? 

Josh: A perfect weekend starts with my dog Finn, and ends with 8+ hours of sleep!

Jeff: A perfect weekend starts with sleeping in and ends with outdoor family time!

_____ is totally underrated.

Josh: Mr Robot

Jeff: Vegetables are totally underrated.

_____is totally overrated.

Josh: Importance of higher education

Jeff: Grades are totally overrated. Also, Chipotle is pretty overrated.

If I could eat any meal in the world, it would be _______ prepared by ______.

Jeff: If I could eat any meal in the world, it would be chili crab in Singapore prepared by the chili crab guy at Newton Food Centere. While I’m there I’ll also have laksa and carrot cake, please!

If I got a surprise day off  tomorrow, I would _____.

Jeff: If I got a surprise day off  tomorrow, I would take my kids outside in the morning, go see a movie with my wife in the afternoon, and grab a torta at Taco Chukis for dinner.




What's On Tap - June 2019

Can any one else not believe that it is already June? Things have been very busy around The Pioneer Collective as our Tacoma location grand opening is growing close—July 8th, Everyone! Here’s what has been going on at both locations over the past couple of weeks and what is coming up.

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What’s New


We are pleased to welcome Sheila McClung to the TPC team! Sheila will be the Community Manager at our Tacoma location. Here’s a little about her:

Sheila is a west coast native, having made her way to Seattle to attend the University of Washington by way of California and Oregon. She has a degree in communications and a background in events within the marketing industry. During college she became fascinated with French language and culture which led her to study in Paris. She is passionate about cultivating a sense of community in her work and bringing people together through live experiences. Some of her favorite ways to get inspired are - exploring Seattle on foot, live music, interior & floral design, and yoga (she is currently on her way to becoming a certified teacher). Come say hello!

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What We’re Doing

Beam Suntory Happy Hour(s)

Another Beam Suntory Happy Hour has come & gone. This time we enjoyed Maker’s Mark whisky in Black Manhattans & Campfire cocktails. We also enjoyed Humble Pie's delicious pizza slices as well as each other’s company! We did think this was going to be the last Beam Suntory sponsored happy hour but we are are happy to say there will be one more!

Our last Beam Suntory sponsored happy hour will now be on July 3rd so come hangout before you kick-off the long weekend and get yourself a Long Island or a Gin & tonic! Hope to see you then!

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Voyager’s Table Happy Hour

Speaking of happy hours, we are happy to have teamed up with Voyager’s Table to put on an amazing member’s only happy hour. Voyager’s Table will be providing a beautiful charcuterie board so come hungry and The Pioneer Collective is providing the drinks. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Getaround Bagel Breakfast

Getaround came back to the space this week to share with us about their car share service and brought bagels for members to enjoy. Be sure to check them out if you are in need of a car for any reason or if you have a car and are wanting to earn some extra cash!

What We’re Working On

By now, we’re sure you know that we are opening our second location in downtown Tacoma & we could not be more excited! As the opening day draws near, we are working hard to pull it all together and we’re really loving how it’s turning out. Check out the gallery below to see some of the progress we have made on the space so far!

What We’re Drinking

  • New Zealand IPA by Metier Brewing: Light bodied and thirst-quenching, the Pilsner base malt accentuates these highly aromatic Kiwi grown hops: Motueka, Pacifica, and Pacific Jade.

  • El Capitan by Bluebeard Coffee Roasters: Chocolate, caramel, nut and berry. Medium plus body. Caramelization roast. Our batch brew go-to coffee. 

  • Strawberry Kiwi Herbal Tea by Harney & Sons: a blend of strawberries and dried fruit pieces with strawberry and kiwi flavors to create a vibrant ruby red drink. It looks festive brewed in a glass teapot, and tastes delicious hot or iced. 

What We’re Listening To:

Nick Murphy (AKA Chet Faker) - Run Fast Sleep Naked

Tacoma Work In Progress Update #1

We continue our march toward opening a Tacoma location this June. Delays aside, it’s been a relatively smooth ride as far as construction projects go.

Highlights:

Floors: One of the first big budgetary hurdles we faced was deciding how to cover 12,000 square feet of floor. Some detective work uncovered that under layers of carpet, asbestos tile, and plywood, the original fir flooring was in relatively good shape in many places. After considering Laminate Vinyl Tile, and other options, our partners and building owners, Power Properties, made the decision to abate and restore, much to our pleasure. The flooring subcontractor worked some magic to patch and repair the more damaged areas, and the finished product is stunning. 

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Lessons Learned From Seattle 

Now that we have four years of observational data and feedback from our Pioneer Square workspace, we have an even better understanding of the dynamic nature of work today and how we can best design to facilitate productivity. We did a pretty good job back in 2015 considering how green we were, but there were definitely some mistakes that we learned from:

1. Members’ environmental needs change throughout the week and even within a day. A freelancer might take calls all day Monday, need to do uninterrupted focus work on Tuesday morning and then hold impromptu meetings in the afternoon. In Tacoma, we’ve created spaces designed for deep work, casual huddle-ups, formal presentations, phone work, large gatherings and everything in between. We’ve added features like restaurant style boothing, small huddle rooms, and extra soft seating in common areas to better provide for the often unpredictable space requirements of our members.

2. Flow matters. In Seattle, our most popular conference room is in the back of the main floor space. This was arguably an architectural necessity due to space constraints, but it’s less than ideal. Meeting attendees need to walk through communal workspace and our designated desk area every time they enter or exit the room. When programming our Tacoma space, we deliberately designed each space to be directly accessible from the lobby entrance, so members, customers and guests can move through the space without disturbing the day to day flow.

3. The kitchen is the heart. This is the exception to the rule above. In Seattle, even though it’s a rather forgettable galley style kitchenette, buried in the back, the kitchen is where the most meaningful interactions take place. This is where we want people to run into each other and where active conversations and socializing are the norm. We made the kitchen the physical and visual centerpiece of our great room in Tacoma. It will be the first thing one notices when they enter and center stage for coffee, food, drink and all the social benefits so important to a thriving coworking space.

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Vendors 

Having great vendors you can trust can make or break a project. We owe a huge shout out to our friend and favorite fabricator, Don Goble of Weld & Glue. He worked with us to design all of our desks and tables in Seattle, and has done the all metal work in both our spaces over the years. We brought him in to do a ton of woodwork on the Tacoma space as well, building out our kitchen cabinets and bar, all our desks, and built in furniture and booths. If you need metal work, furniture design, or wood work, give Don a shout, he’s the best.

 

 

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Great Room - Before

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Great Room - After (reverse view)

Seattle: A Town of Transplants

If you haven’t noticed, Seattle is a town of transplants—no one who lives here now-a-days is from here (or so it seems). So we asked a few of our members making Seattle their new home, “Why Seattle?” & their thoughts on it so far. Read on for their favorite (& least favorite) parts of the Emerald City.

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Alex followed her family up to Seattle 6 years ago from Fresno, CA. She loves that there is so much to do in Seattle and all of the amazing bars & restaurants. She highly recommends Linda’s Tavern in Capitol Hill for its great food, great people, & great drinks. Alex doesn’t love the ever changing weather but has still made Seattle her forever home!

Heather, originally from San Diego, CA, came to Seattle 5 years. How she puts it is, “Seattle brought me to Seattle. I fell in love with the city and decided this was where I wanted to be”. She loves that Seattle & the surrounding area is so beautiful. The combination of gorgeous green tree line with the city streets & tall brick buildings is one of the things that she loves the most along with the proximity to the mountains & ocean. She would recommend Peddler Brewing to anyone visiting as it is “so NW it's ridiculous. Beer, cycling, covered patios, dogs, and frequent outdoor movies and nerdy science based talks” all make it a cool place to visit. Heather also recommends you check out Timber Outdoor Music Festival. “It's a small music festival usually showcasing lots of local bands, fun in the sun, beer tents, river floats and camping. Always my favorite summertime weekend”! Although she loves Seattle, Heather is considering other options as the city continues to get more expensive.

James is originally from Maine but came to Seattle from Chicago as his company was expanding about 3 years ago. He loves the oysters, mountains, & skiing that Seattle has to offer & in fact he recommends Taylor Shellfish Farms if you’re looking to try out some fresh PNW oysters. As far as cons, the ever-rising cost of the city is definitely challenging & the restaurants leave something to be desired according to James. Although he loves Seattle, James is heading off on his next adventure abroad very soon so he won’t be sticking around.

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Caroline moved to Seattle from Louisville, KY just 6 months ago. She’s a big fan of Seattle’s natural beauty—particularly the mountains & the weather. She recommends the swanky MBar in SLU, the historic yet modern Good Bar or just Pioneer Square in general! Although the streets & the neighborhoods are overcrowded, Caroline thinks she’ll stick around for a couple of years before her next move.

Aaron is another recent Seattleite transplanting from New York City last fall. He came to Seattle for a multitude of reasons from size to job opportunities to nature but ultimately family. Compared to New York, Aaron says Seattle is “the right balance of being a world class city without sacrificing quality of life”. He says his favorite thing about Seattle is his “new lifestyle. Seattle is liveable and breathable. We can take a stroll around our neighborhood, checking out the local farmers market. Drive to the mountains to find a beautiful Lake Serene covered in snow. Take the water taxi into downtown.” Although, he finds people aren’t as direct as in NYC, Aaron is definitely going to be sticking around.

Jeff is originally from Washington, D.C. and was brought to Seattle for a job. He loves Seattle’s weather but could live without “the Seattle Freeze”. He would suggest Tilikum Place Cafe in Belltown to both those passing through & those who’ve made Seattle their home. At this point, Jeff has no plans to pack up & move on so maybe you’ll catch him at Tilikum sometime!

What's On Tap - March 2019

Now that we survived Snowmageddon & there is a semblance of spring (c’mon Seattle sun!), here’s what we are up to this month at the Pioneer Collective.

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What We’re Doing

Beam Suntory Happy Hour—Round 2

The guys from Beam Suntory were back last week & this time they brought gin! We enjoyed both the traditional gin martini & their twist on a gin & tonic that they brought for us. We also paired it with some Humble Pies for the perfect combination of good drinks, good food, & good company! See you all next month for round 3!

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tPC x Flatstick Pub

We are headed to our Pioneer Square neighbors, Flatstick Pub next Thursday! Bring your lunch or buy some tacos from Manu’s & grab a local drink. We'll be playing some FREE mini golf & duffleboard (a flatstick pub original) as well! Prizes will be awarded for those with the best score in each event.

March Madness

We’re hosting the 3rd annual tPC March Madness bracket. Games start on Tuesday, March 19th so be sure to get your brackets in before then. We will be tracking the progress & will award a prize for the winning brackets! Get ready for the madness!

What We’re Working On

tPC Tacoma

Construction on our second location in Tacoma is underway & we couldn’t be more excited! tPC Tacoma will have coworking, private offices, meeting room rentals & of course the same character & charm of the original location. Contact hello@thepioneercollective for more information or check out our work-in-progress photos on our instagram @the_pioneercollective

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Ebbets Field Flannels — Offbeat

Offbeat, aka Danny & Thomas, recently produced a video for our neighbors Ebbets Field Flannels! Both companies are super rad so be sure to check it out.


What We’re Drinking

  • Belgian Golden by Meteir Brewing  - A light to medium bodied Golden Strong Ale with notes of tropical fruit and lingering peppery spices. Be careful with this one though as it packs a punch with an ABV of 9.7

  • 9 Swans (Colombian) by Elm Coffee Roasters - This coffee is sweet like caramel with tons of orange, cherry and tangerine fruit.  Well balanced, this coffee is stellar both on its own or with milk.

  • Ashwagandha Chai by Rebbl - This “super herb powered coconut elixir” is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up for those who want a smooth & spicy drink with a bit of caffeine


What We’re Listening To

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TPC Joins LeXC, Giving Members Access to Workspaces Around The World

In January, The Pioneer Collective officially joined the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces (LeXC), an organization of independent workspace operators. 

As a member space, TPC can now pass along guest access privileges to its members at dozens of spaces across five continents.

Browse the list of member spaces here.

TPC members simply make a reservation using LiquidSpace, show up and get to work. All members are entitled to free, full-day coworking passes at any of these locations, up to 5 times per space, per year.

Email hello@thepioneercollective.com for more information or make a reservation.

 

 

 

 

 

What's On Tap - February 2019

January was a blur and now we’re into the shortest month of the year. Spring is just around the corner. (right?) But first we want to get in some powder days, a nice Valentine’s Day dinner and celebrate the opening of the new SR-99 Tunnel. Here’s a digest of what’s going on at the space:

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What we’re doing

Untitled Coffee Co Pop-Up

Untitled Coffee Co. is coming to tPC February 5th - 8th to do a pop-up coffee shop! “Untitled Coffee Co. is a third-wave coffee bar. What is third-wave? Simply put, we serve only the highest grade coffee beans that are sourced by our team of different coffee roasters to ensure the quality of your cup! From our flavored syrups, to our Oat Milk, we try our best to keep everything vegan-friendly. We have partnered with several coffee roasters thus far and will be collaborating with more as we progress!”

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SR-99 Tunnel Fun Run 8K

We have a team of members and friends running all 8 kilometers (that’s 4.97 miles for you redcoats) of the new tunnel. Join us February 2nd or just meet us at the finish line for some Gu shots. https://tunneltoviaductrun.com/

Beam Suntory Happy Hour

For everyone who was able to attend the Beam Suntory Happy Hour, thank you for making the event so much fun! For everyone who missed it, you have three more opportunities to get in on the fun!! The next Beam Suntory HH will be on March 7th. Hope to see you all there!

Upcoming (next month) - we’ll be hosting the 3rd annual tPC March Madness bracket. We hope to get around to making a giant wall copy to track progress. More details to come.

What we’re working on

The Bird King by Willow Wilson

Willow’s most recent novel, The Bird King, is being published soon! The book is available for pre-order now & a lot of it was editted from tPC!

A little about the book: “A fantastical journey set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson’s The Bird King is a jubilant story of love versus power, religion versus faith, and freedom versus safety.” Be sure to check it out!


Virtua Rasa by Jeff Olhoeft

“Virtua Rasa is a virtual table-top for role-playing games and for table-top games in general. Games can be played exclusively on a virtual table-top, or you can add webcams to include augmented reality in your game. We’re a couple of programmers and gamers who wanted a way to use AR with VTTs, so that we could keep playing games with friends around the country, and still use our collections of gaming accessories (painted miniatures, terrain, maps, …), so we built Virtua Rasa!

This website is the result of that effort, and it’s time to show it to other people and see how much better it can get!

We have a demo set up where you automatically get a temporary game token to get your feet wet, or you can make a free account, set up your own game, or play in someone else’s game!”

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Smarthouse did some consulting & marketing for American Murder Song. “Their songs are all based on real murderers throughout American history; they even have a Donner Party board game.” Check it out here!

2019 Adventure Calendar by Christine

Check out this calendar featuring 12 photos taken by Christine Yoo! Some product details:

  • 12 unbound pages ft. moments from chasing wonder in 2018

  • After the month ends, flip the page, snip along the dotted line & send as a postcard. Reduce, reuse, recycle––aw yeah.

  • 5.4" x 7.5"

  • Printed on heavy matte card stock

  • All photos shot by Christine Yoo

  • 25% of the proceeds go to El Pozo de Vida, an amazing org that fights human trafficking in Mexico.

Member Spotlight: Brian McRae

And if you missed it, check out our January Member Spotlight Brian McRae of Product School.

What we’re drinking

  • Key Lime Lacroix - more polarizing than coconut. Tastes like a jolly rancher sans corn syrup.

  • Rogers Pilsner (Georgetown) - Crosby® grown Sterling hops give this refreshing pilsner a spicy and earthy hop aroma. 

  • 9 Swans (Elm Coffee Roasters) - Colombia Iquira.  This Caturra and Castillo coffee was grown in Northen Huila in the late summer.  It has an intense cherry character with plenty of sweetness.  We roast it such that it works well with or without milk, and is quite soluble for easy extraction. 





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Member Spotlight: Brian McRae with Product School

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Before we get going, Brian, can you tell us about Product School & what they do?

Absolutely!  Product School is a private product management educator based in San Francisco with 14 campuses globally including both Seattle and Bellevue.  We were founded in 2014 by our CEO Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia who was formerly a product manager. We initially made our presence in Seattle in December 2017 and we’ve been at the Pioneer Collective since February 2018 which is around the time I came on board.

Our focus is hands-on, practical instruction in Software Product Management with each class resulting in a certificate.  Our part-time programs are designed for aspiring product managers looking to transition to a product management role as well as current product managers who desire formal training.  In addition to Product Management we offer courses in Data Analytics, Coding, Digital Marketing and later this year—UX Design as well as Product Leadership for those more experienced product managers.  

Another focus of ours is to foster product management communities both online and in person.  One way we do this is by having weekly events at our Seattle location (every Wednesday at 6:30PM) and once or twice a month in Bellevue.  We’ve had and continue to have local product management experts present fascinating product management-related topics that elevate understanding of this growing field.

What is it that you do day-to-day role for PS?

I am the regional campus director and I oversee courses and events at both the Seattle and Bellevue locations.  Most of my day is spent speaking with prospective students. When I am not engaging with students I am planning and leading our campus events that we have here at the Pioneer Collective every Wednesday and pursuing local opportunities to broaden our exposure.

You have some pretty experienced instructors working for some big name companies (Microsoft, Amazon, etc), what else sets Product School apart from other similar courses?

Most of our students are aspiring product managers who have made the decision to change their career.  One of the things that separates us from other learning opportunities is that all of our students get prepared for their post-course job search.  We provide training on interviewing for a PM role as well as resume reviews. Our instructors are also mentors for our students well after the course has ended to provide those students ongoing support.  Anything from being a job reference to leveraging key connections that would be beneficial for the student to know to being available to provide product management advice.

We are honest and upfront with our students in terms of giving them a realistic understanding of the difficulties of making this transition happen.  We don’t hide from the fact that getting a product management job is challenging and competitive and it takes much more than a certificate to land a job.  But if they use our resources, continue to find opportunities to increase their exposure to product management (including pro bono work and other volunteer opportunities) and leverage their networks they will be successful.

How can a PS student/graduate expect their certification to affect their life & career?

Our certificates merely indicate that our students have had formal training in product management which by the way MANY experienced product managers never had.  The certificate alone is not the life/career changer. It’s the momentum that you can generate by starting with a certificate program and utilizing Product School resources.  Then find ways to further your passion for product management and build on your experience.

Following up on that note, what is your favorite student success story?

I have a few!  But my absolute favorite is when one of our students who took the product management course in Seattle last year.  She put a lot of time and energy in her final project. So much that her instructor was extremely impressed and he ended up hiring her on the spot.  She now works on his team which is the product management team for the mobile app at Best Buy.

If an individual is interested in product management  class or one of PS’s other courses, what is the best way for them to find out more?

They can always connect with me directly at brian@productschool.com.  I’ll be happy to provide further details on how our courses work. I also invite anyone interested to check out our online resources such as the Product School website at www.productschool.com, connect with our Slack and Facebook communities and spend some time on our YouTube channel that has over 700 videos of former guest speakers from around the country as well as London.  And, don’t forget about our weekly events in Seattle.

What is your favorite part of having your Seattle Campus in Pioneer Square? Do you have any recommendations?

I love the fact that it’s a dichotomy of old and new.  We’re in a neighborhood that is rich with Seattle history but at the same time we are in one of the most modern, progressive and technologically savvy communities in the world.  One of my favorite sections of Pioneer Square is definitely Occidental Square. When the weather’s nice it’s a great spot for lunch or to have a coffee break and sit and people watch with my latte from Zeitgeist.


What's on Tap - January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR - here’s what’s on tap at tPC!

What’s New

Meet Christine Yoo

The tPC team is excited to introduce Christine Yoo, our new resident photographer! Christine is a lifestyle photographer who will be taking photos around the space of our members & events. Please be sure to make her feel welcomed & check out her work at her website. Definitely keep her in mind for your photography needs!

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tPC is Looking for a Community Lead!

The Pioneer Collective is looking to add another Community Lead to our team. If you are unfamiliar, our CL Program is a work trade where an individual receives a free Community Access membership (+ some other awesome perks) in exchange for working a couple shifts a week. If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out at hello@thepioneercollective.com. For more information, visit our site.

Mobile Flu Shot Clinic

The Mobile Flu Shot Clinic will be at tPC in early January so keep your eye out for more information after the Holidays. *Most insurance companies cover the entire cost of a flu shot!

Don’t forget about the Viaduct Closure (as if you could)

Starting Jan. 11th the viaduct will officially be closed as they prepare for the new tunnel. For up to 6 weeks things could get a little dicey in terms of commuting so consider the following:

  • Shift your travel time to avoid the busiest times on the roadway

  • Bike or walk to work

  • Start or join a carpool, vanpool or vanshare

  • Use transit, particularly light rail and King County Water Taxi

  • Be prepared for your new route when the closure ends and the new tunnel opens.

For more information, check out the website here.

Speaking of the Viaduct…

Don’t forget to register for the Tunnel to Viaduct 8k! tPC has a team & many of us have already registered. Tip: the sooner you register, the cheaper it is! The race is February 2nd & there are events all weekend including an art show!

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What we’re doing

Beam Suntory Happy Hour - Jan 10th @ 4pm

Beam Suntory, the maker of Maker’s Mark, Suntory Whisky Toki, Sipsmith, and El Tesoro will be hosting a Free Happy Hour at tPC on Thursday, January 10th @ 4 pm. Be sure to be there as their bar tender mixes us up some tasty cocktails!

Getaround Ice Cream HH - Jan 22nd @ 4pm

Getaround will be at tPC on Tuesday, January 22nd @ 4 pm to tell us a little more about their car sharing service (think AirBnB but for cars)! They are providing Molly Moon’s Ice Cream (yummm) & drinks for anyone who wants to stop by!

Have you heard of Foundation?? - ongoing

tPC will be partnering with Foundation to host different events in the space every month. Kathleen will be hosting a regular improv class at tPC the 2nd Tuesday of every month so be sure to check that out! We will also be hosting a game night. Our kickoff game night, in partnership with BEAM Experiences, is LEGO Battle Bots happening on January 25th so be sure to mark your calendar & talk to Jamie about how to get free tickets!

What we’re watching

Drug$ - Chris’ best childhood friend, Jonathan Marshall Thompson, directed this feature length documentary about price gouging and greed in the pharmaceutical industry and the patients affected by it. It will make you angry, sad, and question our healthcare system more than you probably already do. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Big World - a heartwarming mini documentary that Audrey’s brother Dave and our seven year old nephew Thorne shot over Spring Break last year. They paddled down a remote river in Nepal on a SUP with nothing but a camera, a map and and some gear.

What we’re reading

  • Chris - “I just finished The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m not a huge fantasy reader normally, so I was unaware of the uncertainty surrounding the third book in the trilogy when I started the series. Now I must come to terms with the fact that I may die unsatisfied. Also - huge thanks to our neighbors at Arundel Books for turning me on to these books. They are great. Please visit while you’re in the neighborhood.”

  • Audrey - “I’m rereading The Life and Death of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs”

What we’re listening to

We don’t know yet, but here’s a list of our top songs from 2018 according to Spotify.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1EjwmaBTrCmaEe

and….

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