Head of Product

Polygence - Stanford, California or Remote - Full time

High school students spend over 4,000 hours being lectured at, despite overwhelming evidence that students learn best through project-based learning. Polygence is an online marketplace for intellectual passion projects that was built with a singular focus on helping students rediscover the joy of learning through personalized projects supervised by academic mentors.

 Polygence’s rapid growth has been driven by a top-notch team of entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers and educators united by an uncompromising mission to reshape education around the globe by making it project-focused. At Polygence, the ultimate surge of adrenaline comes from hearing our students rave about their learning experience and describe its life-changing impact.

Polygence has raised a seed round from leading investors that include Reach Capital, Floodgate, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and NLVC, and counts seasoned Silicon Valley edtech executives among its advisors.

We are looking for a mission-driven Head of Product to help us scale up the platform while maintaining the exceptional quality of the Polygence learning experience. We are looking for a seasoned Head of Product with relevant previous experience at a high-growth software-focused startup.

Role Scope:

  • Define an ambitious roadmap for scaling up our online learning platform by translating customer needs and long-term strategic goals into a coherent product vision and clear specifications.
  • Talk to our students, parents, mentors and educators to get a deep understanding of their needs, concerns and pain points and deliver product upgrades to delight them and improve learning outcomes.
  • Build on the deep expertise you gained as a product manager in your previous roles to define streamlined processes around planning, execution and launch of new products with the help of the growing engineering, design and operations teams.
  • Take ownership of the product by doing whatever it takes to ship upgrades and new features. Lead the way by rolling up your sleeve and getting things done.

About you:

  • You care deeply about education and understand that the stakes are incredibly high when parents and educators entrust their children to us to improve learning outcomes.
  • You are a natural listener who has the patience and skills to open up users and unearth ‘black swan’ experiences that might otherwise go undetected.
  • You synthesize seemingly disparate and contradictory viewpoints with ease into a coherent proposal for action.
  • You have the requisite technical background to earn the trust and respect of software engineers. You have a clear understanding of what is technically challenging and what is easy when discussing features and requests.
  • You are a thoughtful writer who understands that, for a remote team in different time zones, clearly written specifications make the difference between rapid progress and wasting countless engineering hours.
  • You are hands-on and never shy away from a task that stands in the way of execution just because it is tedious or because someone else could conceivably do it.
  • You relish efficient and beautiful design and understand how to integrate the design process into the product life cycle.

Nice to have:

  • Previous experience at an edtech startup or an online marketplace.

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Role

Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

Polygence

Polygence is an online marketplace for intellectual passion projects that helps students rediscover the joy of learning through personalized academic projects supervised by expert mentors.
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