Dan Olsen

Lean Startup, Product & UX Consultant helping CEOs build great products

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Internet

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Dan Olsen's Overview

Current
  • Interim VP of Product Management, Product & UX Consultant at Olsen Solutions
Past
  • Group Product Manager, Quicken at Intuit
  • Senior Product Manager, Quicken at Intuit
  • Product Manager, Quicken at Intuit
  • Investment Banking Summer Associate at Goldman Sachs
  • Lead Technical Product Manager, Next Generation Submarine at Naval Reactors
Education
  • DGF
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Dan Olsen's Summary

My passion is building great products. I am a hands-on consultant that helps companies build and optimize their products and product teams, usually as interim VP of Product.
My clients include Facebook, Box, YouSendIt (now Hightail), Epocrates, One Medical, Medallia, and Financial Engines.

I am a Stanford MBA with a strong technical background and deep expertise in Lean Startup, product management, UX design, analytics, and marketing. I've led product management for multiple companies and enjoy driving product vision, product roadmap, and product definition.

Dan Olsen's Experience

Interim VP of Product Management, Product & UX Consultant

Olsen Solutions

2005Present (9 years) Menlo Park, CA

Olsen Solutions LLC offers consulting services in product management, UX design, analytics, marketing, and Lean Startup, typically as acting VP of Product Management. My clients have included Facebook, Box, YouSendIt, Epocrates, Medallia, Chartboost, Financial Engines, Angie's List, Moodlogic, Xing (formerly OpenBC), One Medical Group, PresenceLearning, McKissock, Tubular Labs, RedCap, VideoGenie, TrustedID, Attensa, Inbox Marketing, and Limeade. You can learn more at www.olsensolutions.com.

CEO & Cofounder

YourVersion

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

20072011 (4 years)

CEO and cofounder of YourVersion, a start-up building "Pandora for your real-time web content". YourVersion's real-time discovery engine is the best way to stay on top of the topics you care about, bringing you the latest news, blogs, tweets, videos, and Quora Q&A. YourVersion also makes it easy to bookmark and share pages via email, Facebook, and Twitter with automatic link shortening. The YourVersion product suite spans the website, free tools for every browser, and free mobile apps for:
-iPad http://bit.ly/yv-hd
-iPhone http://bit.ly/yv-app
-Android tablets http://bit.ly/yv-tab
-Android phones http://bit.ly/yv-ap

YourVersion launched at the TechCrunch50 Conference where it won the People's Choice Award. YourVersion also won People's Choice Awards at SF NewTech, FailCon, Berkeley's Play Digital Media Conference, and SFBeta. YourVersion was featured on the cover of the San Jose Mercury News for "extreme bootstrapping".

Senior Director of Product

Friendster

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

20042005 (1 year)

Friendster is the pioneer of the social networking space, with financial backing from Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, and Battery Ventures.

Group Product Manager, Quicken Brokerage

Intuit

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; INTU; Computer Software industry

20012003 (2 years)

Quicken Brokerage was a unique start-up within Intuit's Quicken division whose strategic goal was to diversify and grow the division's revenue. I was the second person on the team and the head of product management, responsible for determining our product offering and working with engineering to nail our aggressive development timeline. Under my leadership, the Quicken Brokerage team launched a world-class online brokerage website from scratch in 8 months. Designed to be the best brokerage for Quicken users, Quicken Brokerage achieved feature parity with E*Trade, Schwab, and Fidelity while providing a great user interface and unique tax-smart investing features, receiving accolades from the financial services press and analysts. The most notable feature was the real-time tax advice proactively provided on the trading screen before the user placed a trade (on which I have a patent pending).

Group Product Manager, Quicken

Intuit

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; INTU; Computer Software industry

July 2000July 2001 (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for the entire Quicken product line.
Managed Quicken Product Management Team, which I built and grew. Coached and developed new product managers.
Led complete UI redesign of Quicken 2002 working with external design firm Fitch.
Determined long-term product strategy.

Senior Product Manager, Quicken

Intuit

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; INTU; Computer Software industry

July 1999July 2000 (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for the Quicken for Windows product line.
Managed Quicken for Windows Product Management Team. Coached and developed new product managers.
Led qualitative and quantitative user research.
Wrote Quicken 2001 for Windows MRD.
Main PR spokesperson on press tour with major computer, business, and financial media (i.e., Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, CNET, PC Magazine, etc.)

Product Manager, Quicken

Intuit

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; INTU; Computer Software industry

August 1998July 1999 (1 year)

Investment Banking Summer Associate

Goldman Sachs

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GS; Investment Banking industry

June 1997September 1997 (4 months)

Lead Technical Product Manager, Next Generation Submarine

Naval Reactors

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Defense & Space industry

July 1991August 1996 (5 years 2 months)

- Managed submarine design at Naval Reactors, a joint Department of Energy and Department of Navy organization created by Admiral Rickover.
- Led the steam plant design for the Next Generation Submarine (now known as the Virginia Class).
- Responsible for the propulsion plant acoustics of Los Angeles Class submarines.
- Graduated from Bettis Reactor Engineering School, a full-time 6-month program equivalent to a Master's degree in Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering.

Dan Olsen's Skills & Expertise

  1. Start-up Consulting
  2. Product Management
  3. Product Marketing
  4. User Interface Design
  5. Online Marketing
  6. Metrics
  7. Product Development
  8. Web Design
  9. Mobile Applications
  10. Usability Testing
  11. Lean Startup
  12. iPhone
  13. Android
  14. Web Development
  15. Web Analytics
  16. Analytics
  17. Entrepreneurship
  18. Optimization
  19. User Experience
  20. Interaction Design
  21. Information Architecture
  22. Team Building
  23. Product Strategy
  24. Product Launch
  25. Team Leadership
  26. Start-ups
  27. PHP
  28. JavaScript
  29. HTML
  30. CSS
  31. Quantitative Analysis
  32. Market Research
  33. Spanish
  34. MySQL
  35. Online Advertising
  36. Mobile Devices
  37. SaaS
  38. Hive
  39. Conversion Optimization
  40. Strategy
  41. Strategic Partnerships
  42. User Interface
  43. Monetization
  44. E-commerce
  45. Web Applications
  46. Digital Media
  47. Mobile Internet
  48. Go-to-market Strategy
  49. Web 2.0
  50. Public Speaking

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Dan Olsen's Education

Stanford Graduate School of Business

MBA

September 1996June 1998

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

MEA, Industrial Engineering

19931995

Northwestern University

BS, Electrical Engineering

19871991

Activities and Societies: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Mortarboard Senior Honor Society, Navy ROTC (NROTC)

DGF

Dan Olsen's Languages

  • Spanish

Dan Olsen's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • Stanford Machine Learning

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