Team

Dan Olsen
Dan Olsen
Dan Olsen is a product management consultant, coach, speaker, and author with a wealth of experience. Dan works with CEOs and product leaders to help them build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product.

Dan has worked with a range of businesses, from small, early-stage startups to large public companies, on a wide variety of web and mobile products. His clients include Facebook, Box, Microsoft, YouSendIt (now HighTail), Epocrates, Medallia, XING, Financial Engines, and One Medical Group.

Prior to consulting, Dan worked at Intuit, where he led the Quicken product team to record sales and profit. He also led product management at social networking pioneer Friendster and was the CEO and cofounder of TechCrunch award-winner YourVersion, a personalized news startup.

Dan earned a BS in electrical engineering from Northwestern and an MBA from Stanford. He also earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech, where he studied the Lean manufacturing principles that inspired Lean Startup.

Ryan Dodds
Ryan Dodds
Ryan Dodds is a product management consultant with a proven track record of building and launching successful software products. His expertise lies in developing product objectives, defining the product, and leading cross-functional teams to execute.

Ryan helps companies achieve product-market fit and become product-centric through a rigorous application of Lean Product principles. His specialties include customer interviews, market research, problem definition, team alignment, user testing, Agile development, and product marketing. Ryan uses proven user experience (UX) design methods to craft solutions that drive customer and business value.

In addition to being a startup founder, Ryan has product management experience from Sparkcentral and iMatchative, which was acquired by Addepar. Before transitioning to product management, Ryan managed key accounts at Salesforce.com’s product Desk.com as the account executive to Square and Eventbrite.

Ryan holds a BA in International Business and an MBA in Technology and Operations from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Elaine Nagashima
Elaine Nagashima
Elaine Nagashima is a strategic and hands-on product management consultant with over 12 years experience defining and launching problem-solving products.

With a focus on e-commerce and consumer sites, Elaine has built responsively designed web and mobile applications for large companies as well as startups. She helped launch and led product for a new skincare brand at Stella & Dot and also worked at Yahoo where she was a product manager on the HotJobs and Small Business properties. She is a strong cross-functional and distributed team leader and collaborator who has a passion for using lean product principles to successfully bring great products and customer experiences to market.

Elaine has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from University of California, Berkeley. As a San Francisco native, Elaine now enjoys residing in and exploring the suburbs of the Bay Area with her husband and three kids.