Welcome!

This is Viplove Prakash, an MBA 2018 at the University of Maryland - R.H. Smith School of Business and a Product Manager Candidate.
With over five years of professional experience in the technology, e-commerce, fin-tech, and gaming industries, I have touched every aspect of a product. I recently worked as a Product Manager at Bankrate.com NY, and am currently working part-time as a Senior Product Manager at Nexus 8 International.
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ABOUT ME

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As a Product Manager, I enjoy learning about what drives customers to engage with a product. For over two years, in my roles as Product Manager, I have used empathy to understand the user perspective and take a problem-solving approach to innovating solutions that are truly customer focused.

My passion for technology grew during my undergraduate days while pursing my engineering degree and now, through my MBA at the University of Maryland, I have had the chance to focus on acquiring advanced business skills that make me a more strategic and efficient product manager.

I am known as a skilled problem solver and a highly collaborative team player. My technical expertise allows me to relate to engineers - and my empathic behavior allows me to relate to customers. I am an avid learner, love learning more about what makes new products work, and am future focused.

"Ambiguity is my playground; curiosity and collaboration, my skills; data and programming, my strengths; technology and products, my passion; and innovation and empathy, my heart."

★ Areas of Expertise ★

☛ Leading the product discovery process - customer interviews, market research, competitive analysis, hypothesis validation, and building prototypes

☛ Developing product vision, strategy, and road-map based on business/company goals

☛ Communicating with clients, internal teams - marketing, sales, and customer success, and industry experts to understand customer issues, and define requirements

☛ Crafting user stories, prioritizing backlogs and developing PRDs

☛ Launching products to the market and leading the agile development cycle and collaborating with cross-functional teams of engineers, designers, and product marketers

☛ Communicating roadmap, monthly reports, and release logs to customers and internal stakeholders

☛ Analyzing products' metrics and goal conversion to build new stories to enhance the products

☛ Expert in both web applications and mobile applications including IOS and Android

🎖️ Recent Accomplishments 🎖️

🏆 Top 5 finalist in the annual Bloomberg Trading Challenge (BTC), 2016 knocking out 266 teams from 81 elite universities, for managing and growing an equity portfolio of $10 million.read more ...

🏆 Won the Smith MBA annual Data Analytics Case Competition, 2016 beating 12 teams in a competition to build a predicting model to forecast an outcome of an Soccer Game

🏆 Top 18 finalists in the Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge, 2016 against 50 US Universities, for envisioning an innovative financial product which utilizes technology to disrupt the traditional finanace industryread more ...

Gallup Signature Themes 💪

Focus | Analytical | Strategic | Competition | Significance|

★ Interest ★

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Timeline

Sr. Product Manager (Co-op)

Nexus 8 International

Jun 2017 - Present

Leading the product development team of 8 members
Launched the Hippra iOS mobile application on app store
Developing product road-map and marketing strategy

Product Manager

Bankrate, Inc.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Initiated product discovery process
Built product strategy
Analyzed market trends and competitive companies
Designed product implementation plan

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Robert H. Smith School of Business

University of Maryland

Sep 2016 - May 2018

Major: Product Management, Data Analytics
President of Data Analytics and Technology Club

Quality Assurance Analyst

Ibibo Group Pvt. Ltd. (RedBus.in)

Mar 2015 - Jun 2016

Led agile development process
Created user stories and clients requirements
Analyzed product metrics (post launch)
Manage client relationships

Quality Assurance Analyst

Societe Generale Global Solution Centre

Aug 2011 - Mar 2015

Gathered client requirements
Validated product features
Communicated product weekly status reports with clients
Developed test automation framework

Bachelor of Engineering

BMS College of Engineering

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Sep 2017 - May 2011

Major: Information Science

Game Developer

SourceN India

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011

Designed online board game
Coded game functionalities in Obj-C
iOS game development

MY SKILLS

Product Management

Led agile product development; identified customer pain points, developed & validated hypothesis, built product strategy & road-map, crafted user stories & product requirement documents (PRDs), prioritized backlog, executed product strategy, tracked product metrics;

Skills - Prototyping - Balsamiq, Invision, A/B testing - Optimizely, Google Analytics, Jira, SQL, Git, AdWords, SEO Optimization, Salesforce;

Marketing and Data Analysis

Analyzed customer behaviors, identified seasonality, and trends on sales data, built generalized linear models to predict popular product attributes, market segment and future demand, pricing models, market projections;

Skills - Data Modeling, Conjoint Analysis, Tableau Visualization, Omniture, MailChimp, Excel, SQL, SAS, R, Glimix;

Associate - Venture Capital and Angel Investment

Performed market analysis and competitive research, due-diligence of business plan & growth strategy, negotiated deal terms, assisted in company growth and funding;

Skills - DCF Valuation, Financial Modelling, Deal Term Sheet, Business Canvas;

Software Development

Collaborated with product managers, designers & business analysts; Coded software programs; built products features, implemented new technology;

Skills - C, C++, java, javascript, Mobile Development,Git, Lamp Stack, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS;

My Projects

Bet with Friends

June 2015
Game Development - Java, Android Development, Game Design
Bet with Friends is an online social betting android gaming application inspired on the famous Zynga game title "Words with friends". This game offers to a platform to create own bets for any possible events, assign odds and share the bets with friend(s). The game develops its own odds based on user input on the probability of the outcome and currently support 6 most popular odds form in the world.

Social Media Analysis

Dec 2017
Data Analysis - R, TwitterR, FacebookR
A social media tool to gather and analyze social media posts of any public profile of celebrities or companies on Twitter and Facebook platform. The intrinsic data can be used for sentiment analysis, text mining, building word clouds and can also be compared with another profile.

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12 July 2017     Chapter 2: Design Thinking    

Design Thinking Stanford Product Design Innovation MVP

2 June 2017     Chapter 1: Love the Problem    

Design Thinking Ishikawa diagram Product Design Problem Solving Product Development

15 May 2017     Innovation - Ain't So Difficult    

Design Thinking Start Up Product Design Creative Confidence MVP

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