Zintro Job Opening – Director of Product Management

Zintro- Company Overview
Zintro (www.zintro.com) connects professionals seeking answers with subject-matter experts for consultations ranging from quick phone consults to multi-month on-site engagements.  Our web platform makes it easy for people to reach beyond their immediate network and source the best consultants & experts globally.  By organizing experts by topic and allowing clients to send a single inquiry to multiple experts simultaneously, we lower the barrier to finding answers to tough, important questions.

To date more than 3,000 clients have sent thousands of inquires to over 20,000 active & engaged experts.  Experts are from numerous industries, countries, and professions including independent consultants, physicians, engineers, scientists, managers, and business owners, among others.  Clients include investors, consultants, entrepreneurs, operating managers, analysts, lawyers, journalists, engineers, and business development executives, among others.

The Waltham, MA based company was founded by Stuart Lewtan (see profile), founder & former CEO of Lewtan Technologies.  Lewtan Technologies, a 100+ employee company, was sold in 2004.

Zintro, which had been self-funded by Stuart Lewtan, is experiencing rapid sales & usage growth and recently secured financing from Atlas Venture (www.atlasventure.com), a world-class venture firm.

Opportunity
Zintro sits at the intersection of two major trends that are changing the way people work and find valuable information.  The first shift is the movement of many professionals towards becoming consultants either independently or as part of small consultancies.  Several factors including the increase in project based work, crippling healthcare costs and high velocity innovation all support the explosive growth in the number of consultants. Our experience in creating a network of 20,000 experts has validated this trend and made us realize it is global in nature.  These consultants view Zintro inquiries as a source of business leads which encourages them to get back to clients quickly with contextually valuable responses and maintains the vibrancy of the network.

At the same time, the value of information has never been higher, especially in the context of business decisions.  The reality of a searchable web allows people to ask deeper, more complicated questions and expect the answers in short order.  Yet, the complexity and difficulty in finding answers has only grown thanks to spam, pay walls and information overload.  People using Zintro have seen how a simple half hour call with a domain expert can completely change how they look at questions and find their answers.

The web has created enormous value as a matching engine in areas like dating and travel and we can do the same for professionals seeking answers.  As Facebook and LinkedIn have validated the idea of “connecting” with people you already know online, it’s time to take the next step towards helping professionals connect and discuss the answers to their most important questions with experts outside their personal network.

Director of Product Management Job Description:
Seeking a senior Web 2.0 product manager/architect to own the product management function and help to make Zintro’s workflow intuitive, scalable, and monetizable.

Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience as a product manager with at least 2 years of experience working with web software with complex workflows and should have deep experience in:

  • Product Definition
  • User Interviews
  • Writing specifications
  • Designing & implementing a best-in-class User Experience (UX)
  • Ensuring that product design is optimized for SEO

Ideally, candidate has working knowledge of:

  • Matching Businesses (job boards, dating sites, marketplaces, etc.)
  • On-line Community Development
  • Expert Networks
  • On-line Publishing

Candidate should have a demonstrated track record of:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Doing whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Working in a high pace entrepreneurial environment
  • Being part of a success-oriented team

Join Zintro at the ground floor!  We are a small and nimble start-up serving a huge market with a proven business model & strong tailwinds. The founder is a seasoned & successful entrepreneur (who earned employees & investors large payouts at his previous company) and the board & investors are world-class.  Interested? Contact Stuart Lewtan at slewtan@zintro.net .

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