Product Lead

Blackbird Garage Chicago, IL

Chicago, San Diego or Remote

We’re looking for a part time Product Lead to help build a product that makes PR work for early stage startups.

Our parent company is a digital growth company fueling some of the fastest growing eCommerce companies on the Internet.  

We’ve learned from our early stage startup clients (and by running our own Shopify store) that getting good press coverage requires a good story, media connections, and lots of time, effort and money.  

When you look to outsource PR, you quickly get sticker shock seeing the $10k monthly retainer fees for PR agencies that want a 6 month commitment with no guarantees on performance.

We’ve found ways to solve the inefficient and ineffective way of doing PR for small businesses. And we think we can offer a solution for a lower cost.

Our Needs: 

We are looking for an expert Product Manager to help us with the research and validation for this project, and build out our product roadmap.  Our ideal candidate will have a background in Marketing & PR, and experience with SaaS and eCommerce products, so he or she will have a solid idea of the key pain points.  An MVP is available and we have gone through beta testing with 6 companies.

As our Product Manager, you will be responsible for driving product strategy, planning, design and execution for a broad swath of initiatives. That entails: 

  • Playing a key role on the company’s strategic direction, defining and articulating new opportunities. 

  • Envisioning, articulating and prioritizing a long-term product strategy designed to achieve these goals.  Clearly communicating strategy and goals to project teams and ensuring delivery against them. 

  • Gathering and unearthing unmet customer needs through research, data analysis, user experience analysis and testing, competitive research and any other relevant tools.

  • Evaluating potential approaches and solutions through running concurrent rapid, iterative and lightweight tests 

  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop this strategy into an achievable roadmap that delivers on business goals. 

  • Connecting data points, research and other insights into a clear articulation of needs and wants (derived from a variety of sources, including survey data, qualitative research, industry analysis and benchmarking, customer interviews, and internal data including logged and clickstream data).  

  • Driving a clear strategy for prioritization and execution based on these needs and wants, setting clear goals and metrics that can measure the effectiveness of initiatives post-execution, and throughout the lifecycle of a product. 

  • Manage and prioritize the backlog of ideas to test, with the goal of accelerating the path to learning. 


  • BA required; MBA a plus. 

  • Strong technical or product expertise, including the ability to analyze business problems effectively and work cross-functionally to prioritize and ultimately drive appropriate and even game-changing solutions. 

  • An innate understanding of technology and how to use it to deliver outstanding and innovative products is a must. 

  • Track record of success in fast-paced organizations, using collaborative approaches to drive effective solutions when no direct reporting relationship exists. 

  • Demonstrated collaboration skills, working across a broad organization including technology, account management, marketing, finance, operations, business development and sales. 

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to crystallize and broadly socialize insights into stakeholder needs that the stakeholders themselves may not be able to articulate. 

  • Familiarity and comfort with data, including the ability to use data to analyze and monitor product health, set goals and metrics, and aid in the prioritization of initiatives and features. 

  • Experience running and analyzing A/B tests and using the data to inform product decisions.  

  • Ability to weigh competing priorities, manage tradeoffs and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with stakeholders, driving to consensus while maintaining a clear focus on overarching business priorities. 


  • Strong medical, dental and vision insurance coverage

  • Free breakfasts, lunches, snacks and coffee

  • Opportunity to grow your career faster by developing highly in demand skills

  • Company sponsored learning and development opportunities

  • Fast moving, tight-knit team

  • Apple computer and the tools you need to be successful


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