Manu Pushpendran

Director, Product Management at Hotstar

Mumbai Area, India

Hotstar – Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited

1000 /30mins

Short Biography

+ Seasoned Product Management leader with over 9 years of experience shipping products across consumer internet and enterprise segments + Proven track record in creating and executing on product roadmaps across web and mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows. + Seasoned in managing, hiring, mentoring and growing product teams Specialties: product management, people management, business development, product growth, agile engineering, user experience, requirements gathering, consumer internet products, mobile applications, analytics, data science, enterprise, security, active directory, virtualization


Director Product Management, Hotstar – Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited

Jan 2016 to Present

- Leading search, personalisation and engagement initiatives

Product Management Lead ,

Sep 2014 to Nov 2015

+ Led conceptualization, design, execution and delivery of the most delightful online property buying experience. Responsibilities across the spectrum from hiring, setting & reviewing product roadmap with leadership team and execution using agile practices + Launched unified listings platform (unification of what once existed as two separate services “buy/resale" and "New Projects”) + Launched industry-first “quick view” experience to make the process of checking out a particular property more seamless, which lead to significant improvements (double digit % growth) in conversions + Launched curated property collections to facilitate property discovery + Lead a process of continuous experimentation to understand and inform product iterations. + Complete responsibility of the buying experience on Android and iOS mobile app + Launched New Projects on Android and iOS apps + Lead the setup of agile engineering processes towards more continuous, predictable and timely delivery of products/features + Involved in recruitment and growing the product team at Housing, having conducted >100 interviews across junior and senior product positions

Program Manager | Hyderabad Area, India, Microsoft

Jan 2013 to Aug 2014

+ Launched in-game experience for Major League Baseball with Bing Sports application on Windows 8.1 + Designed and executed on content strategies to drive up engagement metrics for Bing Sports application on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 + Launched streamlined process for covering topical sporting events of interest in a market through dedicated news cluster driven by an in-house global sporting calendar + Partnered with Microsoft Research to automate sports entity extraction from a news story to scale content programming algorithmically

Program Manager | Greater Seattle Area, Microsoft

Jan 2011 to Dec 2012

+ Launched safe and seamless virtualization experience for Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 8 + Led cross team collaboration to frame the necessary operational semantics + Led discussions with virtualization partners in the industry such as VMWare, Citrix, etc to ensure consistent semantics across all hypervisors + Launched uniquely powerful deployment capability called cloning for virtual domain controllers in Windows Server 8 to enable rapid provisioning in time-critical scenarios such as disaster recovery.

Software Design Engineer | Greater Seattle Area, Microsoft

Feb 2007 to Dec 2010

+ Led development of Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) v3.1 and 3.2 (C, C++, COM) + Developed migration support for Managed Service Accounts (MSAs), a feature released with Windows Server 2008 R2, to facilitate adoption of MSAs over legacy service accounts + Collaborated across teams to evaluate and implement migration support for additional features introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2


M.S. Computer Science, State University of New York, Buffalo

Jul 2004 to Aug 2006

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