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Product Manager

ParagonOne.com

Overview

YCombinator-backed Paragon One is a college career education service that connects college students with professionals, career coaches, and internships. We are seeking a Product Manager who will collaborate with the team to articulate a winning user experience for all stakeholders (students/coaches/companies), rally the team to build it, and iterate on it until they get it right.  Read about us in Techcrunch.

About Paragon One

Paragon One is an online college career service center.  Our video coaching platform connects students with mentors from successful companies who help them figure out which career to pursue, which courses to take in college, and how to prepare for the job interview process.  We are starting with a group of talented international students and plan to expand to students everywhere.  So far, 100% of our students have received internship/job offers in fields like finance, consulting, marketing, engineering, and design. 

Parents can spend as much as $200,000 on college for their kids.  But when it comes to a career, the best that colleges can do is offer a career center with counselors who merely spell check student resumes and hand them a book of jobs.  We believe that, in the future, professionals will be mobilized to provide career education in their field to students.  Colleges will not be the ideal place for this type of learning anytime soon.

Paragon One is backed by YCombinator, Foundation Capital, University Ventures, the former CTO of Tencent, and the Chief Product Officer of Coursera.  We have been featured on National Public Radio and Sinovision US TV as well as at the Silicon Valley Innovation Forum, Global Education Technology Conference, and Global Internet Education Summit.  The company was founded by two MIT-trained engineers who have started and run 3 successful internet companies and are now reshaping career education.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Own the user experience for all stakeholders - students, advisors, and companies
  • Oversee and champion the development of product based the most important user goals
  • Plan and conduct user research to gain a deep understanding of customer needs
  • Collaborate with team to architect and drive product features and roadmap
  • Collaborate with marketing and sales to evolve the go-to-market strategy
  • Collaborate with engineering team to define product release requirements

Qualifications

Required

  • Always hustling and a passion for helping students jumpstart their true career
  • Knack for knowing what users (students/coaches/companies) want and the experience that drives them to achieve their goals
  • Outstanding ability to process and synthesize information via“Systems Thinking”
  • Experience in bringing a product to customers and iterating to success
  • Clear, concise, and excellent communication
  • Demonstrated leadership and collaboration with different teams
  • Ability to prioritize and balance business needs with costs
  • Ability to sell product vision to various stakeholders
  • Data-driven and analytical with meticulous attention to detail
  • Fluent in technology

Bonus

  • Can navigate code
  • Ability to create mockups
  • Runs quantitative analysis
  • Consumer education, curriculum, HR tech, or marketplace experience

 

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