Monthly Archives: August 2015

Pune Product Leaders Forum: 1-day conference on creating Software Products 21 Aug

Product Leaders Forum (PLF), a volunteer-driven non-profit initiative to build stronger product mindsets and skill sets in India, is hosting PLF – Pune 2015, a 1-day conference on creating software products in the Indian software industry; either in startups, or established product organizations, or in services organizations as platforms and productized services.

This is a paid event; and normally we don’t promote paid events on PuneTech, but in this case we’re making an exception because the line-up of speakers is really quite good. The (Pune) heads of Persistent, BMC, Symantec, Amdocs, Allscripts, Sungard, NVIDIA are expected to be there, as are senior leaders from companies like Intuit, Cisco, TCS, Accenture, and so are a few VCs (disclaimer: I’m also a panelist for one of the sessions.) And they’re giving a 50% discount to PuneTech readers (use discount code PUNETECHDISC when you register.)


There are 3 tracks. One track has workshops on “Productizing Services,” “Growth Hacking,” and “Gamification.” The other two tracks mostly feature panel discussions on topics like “Building Products & Platforms in the Services Industry,” “CTO as a Career Path,” “Art of the Start after 30,” “Product Management as a Career Track,” and “Product Management in MNCs and Indian Companies.”

See the website for the detailed agenda.

Intended Audience

For Product Managers, Business Leaders, and Technology Marketeers, this event hopes to provide you with active study sessions, and relevant networking: to help you get into a techno-business role, or accelerating your product management career.

For Engineering Leads, Architects, and Project/Program Managers, the event hopes to help you understand practical design thinking, to go from code centric to customer centric, and how the CTO career paths are different than people management, and how to leverage tech knowledge for better product roadmap decision making.

For Entrepreneurs and Intrepreneurs, this should give them examples of how they can start products and mini-startups “inside” the organization, with the help of fellow senior execs and BU Heads on how they are engaged in corporate innovation and inspiring intrapreneurs.

There are several ways in which this event promises to be different from other events. First, most of the sessions are panel discussions, so you get to hear from a lot of the leaders of Pune’s software industry. And second, it is focused on intrapreneurs & corporate innovation – so it is not a typical startup event.

Fees and Registration

Anyone can attend this event. The price of a ticket is Rs. 2999. Use discount code PUNETECHDISC to get a 50% discount. Register here

PuneStartups Event: Immersive User Experiences for Mobile Applications

Most (if not all) startups today are focused on building applications for the mobile. What is often an ignored or unknown aspect is the concept of immersive user experiences. Building an app which engages users with a solid user interface and a powerful functionality is key to acceptance. Design plays a very crucial role right from the seed stage of the idea of building the application.

POCC has organized a talk from the experts in the field of design, who would like to share their experiences in creating immersive user experiences for the mobile. Since the talk will be based on case studies and some theory, you will be able to gain insight into the world of design thinking.

Speakers for the seminar:

Mr. Anirudh Natuu

Principal Domian Expert- UX- Persistent Interactive at Persistent Systems Ltd.

Equipped to work in 2D and 3D space, skilled in Industrial design and now migrated to interaction design practice.Translating design Insights, Personna Mapping , Business process analysis and converting this into an Improved user experience.

Before moving to Interaction Design headed Industrial Design Practice at Radeus a BU of Persistent Systems Ltd. Working experience of White goods ,FMGC and Banking products.Worked with leading companies in India in the area of Industrial design through these assignments.

Mr. Manoj Kothari

Co-Founder Design Thinker, Insight Engineer, Futurologist, Innovation Coach at Onio Designs

Manoj currently leads Research and Innovation Strategy practice (which is now recast as TURIAN LABS) at Onio Design Pvt. Ltd., a leading design-led innovation consulting company which he co-founded in 1997. He is also the driver behind Onio’s design pedagogy, knowledge creation, marketing initiatives & brand manifestations.

Manoj uses his experience in building innovation capabilities in organizations, mentoring young entrepreneurs and speaking on design, innovation & entrepreneurship. He is skilled in managing multiple teams, profit centers and quickly structuring the fuzzy opportunities into scalable models. Handling cross-cultural issues, bringing up knowledge centric work culture and empowering the teams early on, are his strengths.

Mr. Harsh Munjal

Design Thinker, UX Designer, Artist at Persistent Systems

Harsh is an experienced specialist in human-computer interaction (HCI), usability research, and user experience design.

Design is his passion and since last 12 years, he has engaged in various aspects of design and believe in a mix of holistic and empathetic design. At the intersection of technology and art he believes in creating meaningful experiences that users understand, desire, and care about.

About PuneStartups (POCC)

With over 16000+ members, PuneStartups (aka POCC) is the largest forum for startups and entrepreneurs in Pune. It is an open forum, and anyone can join for free. See for more details.


This event is free and open to all. Please register here:

The event will be from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, 8th August, at Symbiosis SICSR (Room 707) Atur Center, Model Colony.

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