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Meet the Prowfessionals

Ken Sandy

The Influential Product Manager at UC Berkeley

Ken Sandy has led technology product management teams for over 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an industry fellow and lecturer at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he pioneered and teaches the first product management course offered in the Engineering school; which has over 600 PM alumni practicing in the industry. 
Previously, Ken served as VP of Product Management at leading online education companies, MasterClass and (Linkedin Learning), and is currently an executive consultant and advisor for startup and scale-up companies in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior, he was an executive at companies developing content and advertising platforms for independent publishers and startups creating mobile messaging and social networking solutions. He also led business units based in the United States, India, and China where he consistently defined, launched and managed award-winning web and mobile products loved by customers and used by millions of users across 60+ countries.

​He’s recently released “The Influential Product Manager – How to Lead and Launch Successful Technology Products” a highly practical and approachable guide to becoming more effective and navigating the challenging collaborative aspects of the product manager’s role. His work draws on leading teams at fast-growth, early-stage companies as well as at larger companies attempting digital transformation amidst industry disruption.

In his early career, Ken was a consultant at a leading management consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. He is an alum of Melbourne University, Australia, where he received his Bachelors in Engineering and Bachelors in Computer Science.

Prow Engagements

Overcoming Cognitive Biases (Product Managers are people, too!)

How to recognize and avoid the many belief, behavioral, and social biases, which flaw much human decision-making, in your role as a product manager. In particular, authority bias, reputation risk, and survivor bias are rife in decision making and during customer and product validation. The talk will include emerging results from original research into this largely unaddressed area, case studies, and practical tips to use right away.

Duration: 25 minutes


Main Stage