Manu Pushpendran

Director, Product Management at Hotstar

Mumbai Area, India

Startups Agile Methodolgy Product Managers Personalization Consumer Internet Emerging Markets Product Design
+ 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 at Hotstar – Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited

Jan 2016 - Present

- Leading subscriptions, partnerships and living room experiences - Led core product initiatives such as browse, playback, search, personalisation and offline experiences across Android, iOS and Web - Launched partnerships with Jio, TataSky and Flipkart that helped expand the subscription business in India - Launched India's first large scale 360 3D stereoscopic VR experience for 2016 Kabaddi World Cup - Launched Hotstar internationally in US and Canada as a subscription service - Launched Hotstar apps on Roku, Fire TV, and Android TV for Living Room

Product Management Lead at

Sep 2014 - 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 at Microsoft

Jan 2013 - 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 at Microsoft

Jan 2011 - 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 at Microsoft

Feb 2007 - 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 at State University of New York, Buffalo

Jul 2004 - Aug 2006

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