Make the world of product accessible to all
Since May 2020, Product Buds was founded to create access to opportunities in product — starting from connecting aspiring and early career product managers to industry resources, helping them transition into the field of product management
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Meet the Product Buds Team
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Henrika Lim is a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate at the University of Victoria who majored in Entrepreneurship. Her personal mission is to pursue impact-driven tech initiatives that create opportunities for the disadvantaged, believing that everyone deserves a fighting chance of succeeding regardless of the privileges they are born with. She is an aspiring social entrepreneur and an incoming Product Manager at Poly. She has previously interned as Associate Product Manager at Workday for a year where she was formally introduced to the field of product management.
Milap Patel is a junior at the University of California, Davis majoring in Managerial Economics and double minoring in Computer Science and Technology Management. He is an aspiring Product/Project Manager with goals to create products in industries that can really drive change in the world. He has worked as a Product Manager with startups such as Amelia and Niiti and is currently looking to expand his knowledge in data science, design and strategic marketing. When not working on products, you can find Milap playing sports, working out, volunteering or creating home decor.
Joseph Shin is a senior at Emory University's Goizueta Business School pursuing a BBA in Marketing and Information Systems & Operations Management. As an aspiring Product Manager, he is fascinated by how tech products impact the world and its customers. He currently works at a small tech startup as a PM intern, expects to release his podcast in the coming month, and has plans to write a book over the summer/fall. During his free time, you can find Joseph playing the guitar and singing, creating content on LinkedIn, or watching basketball.
Darsh Thakkar graduated from the Georgia Tech Masters in Human Computer Interaction program in May 2020 and majored in Computer Science in his undergrad. He previously interned at UPS in its advanced technology group as a Product Manager Intern and is an incoming Associate Product Manager at UPS on emerging tech and data oriented products. Darsh aspires to focus on product development with a user driven aspect which makes a users life easier by focusing on delightful user experience, in the long run using technology to create global impact. Fun fact: he is a big soccer fan!
Randy Shao is a third year at Queen's University studying Computer Science. As an aspiring Product Manager, he is fascinated on how to build tech products with a more user-driven mindset in order to better understand and empathize with the user on how he can make their lives easier through technology. Currently, he is working at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as a Strategic Initiatives Intern. Outside of tech, he is really passionate about photography, videography and travelling.
Linh T. Tran is a junior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Strategic Communication but has branched interest in Product Management and Product Marketing Management. She finds fascination in all things art, people, and psychology (hence her interest in marketing). If you’re looking for her, you’ll find her sharing her artwork online, creating content on Linkedin, or rushing to send out her personal newsletter, Linhsights.
Joel Montano is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and a PM at Microsoft. Previously, he was a civil engineering major but found out quickly that it wasn't his calling. He is a huge fan of esports, gaming, the creator economy, and consumer technology. While at Microsoft, he will work within the Azure Cloud & AI org, implementing security features for users of the service. While passionate about products and technology, he does enjoy disconnecting from everything and is into trying new cuisines, reading, and playing video games.
Sanjana Sachdeva is a senior at UCLA studying Cognitive Science + Computing and minoring in Chinese Language. Her love for psychology, data, and technology fostered her interest for all things Product and user experience. Previously, she’s interned at a SaaS startup as a PM and is now starting a new role as a UX Research intern at another startup. Sanjana’s lived in five countries around the world and is fluent in Mandarin. In her free time, she loves to cook new recipes and research trends in skin care (hit her up for product reccs!).
Ami Patel is currently pursuing her Masters in Project Management at the University of Southern California and an incoming PM at Microsoft. In the past, she also interned at Tesla and Splunk as a program manager intern. As a first generation student and woman of color, she found a need to share her voice and perspective and began sharing her #AuthenticAmi journey on LinkedIn and Instagram to break stereotypes and ease the barrier of entry for others. She started her own Clubhouse weekly show along with another product bud, Grace Yeung, called Seeds of Authentic and Graceful Growth, where they dive into more stories about their background and how it helped them grow. Outside of work, you can find her crafting away as a small shop owner (@shop.rozumi), watching anime, or having late night baking sessions on Instagram.
Alexandra pinedo is a junior at the University of Southern California majoring in Business administration. She is an aspiring product manager that hopes to work within fintech. She is currently preparing herself for future finance and PM internships. In her free time she enjoys lifting, Pilates, and learning to code.
Kelsey Wu is a second-year at Harvard University, studying Government and Data Science. She is passionate about leveraging product and data analytics to drive social impact and positive change. Currently, she works as a product manager intern for VTEX (an ecommerce unicorn) and a data policy consultant for the World Bank. Outside of work, she loves singing, consuming noodles, and curating Spotify playlists.
Hassaan Mustafa is a recent grad from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science specializing in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. A PC gaming enthusiast and tech nerd to the core, Hassaan loves discovering interesting tech products and learning about the newest innovations in the tech industry. Currently, he enjoys working on AMD’s latest line of Radeon products as a tech lead on the Product Solutions team, focusing on improving user experience for the gaming community. Outside of work, Hassaan likes playing Call of Duty: Warzone, investing in crypto, reading up on self-improvement tidbits, or hiking through the beautiful sites of northern Ontario.
Vasanth Rajasekaran is a senior at Tulane University pursuing a BA in Computer Science and International Relations. Normally, two very opposing fields of study, Vasanth saw this as an opportunity to study two areas in which he is very passionate about; technology and creating/building for the communities around him and around the world. As an aspiring diplomat, Vasanth realized product management would be a great area to start his career, as he would get to combine those passions while building the skills of a diplomat. Having done previous Software Engineering internships at big companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase and start-ups like ACEA, he will be joining Microsoft as a Product Manager upon graduation. In his free time, you can find Vasanth planing squash, watching Formula 1, travelling, or trying new food with friends.
Anish is a new grad PM @Microsoft 1ES under GitHub. He graduated from Masters in Supply Chain Engineering from Georgia Tech and having bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering, comes with a diverse experience in the realm of product management. He has mentored more than 20+ students to land into companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla and Rivian. He keeps himself motivated with a vision of creating products which make people realize their superpower. In his free time he is a moonlight musician and loves to create music, his recent album 'Illusory Awakenings' is on Spotify.
Avantika Tibrewala is a junior at Brown University, majoring in Computer Science and Economics. She is an aspiring Product Manager who will be interning at Salesforce as an APM Inter in San Francisco this summer. Her personal goal is to drive positive impact in the environmental sustainability space and create opportunities for women in technology. Outside of product, Avantika can be found playing squash, dancing, and travelling!
Lisa Liu is a fourth year English Literature and Language student at the University of British Columbia. A lover of UX writing + content design, there is nothing more satisfying to her than finding the right words to effectively share a story. Lisa is currently a Communications Specialist at SAP, running global campaigns for their in-house makerspace. Beyond creating content for tech spaces, Lisa can be found watching video essays, journaling, and tackling a plethora of handicrafts. Connect with her on LinkedIn to chat about breaking into tech and crafting a career path as a liberal arts student!
Meet our Amazing Advisors
Jonathan Javier is currently the CEO and Founder of Wonsulting. The mission of Wonsulting is to “turn underdogs into winners” by helping those who come from non-target schools/non-traditional backgrounds get into their dream careers. Jonathan has also worked on the Strategy and Operations team at Snap, Google, and Cisco and has led 125+ workshops in 8 different countries.
Clement Kao is a Product Manager at Blend, a San Francisco-based startup that partners with lenders and technology providers to re-imagine consumer finance. He founded Product Manager HQ (PMHQ), where he’s published 50+ best practice articles, provides advice in the PMHQ Slack community (6,800+ members), and curates the PMHQ newsletter (23,000+ subscribers).
Jerry Lee is currently a Senior Strategy & Operations Manager at Google. He is from Torrance, California and graduated summa cum laude from Babson College. After graduating, Jerry was hired as the youngest analyst in his organization by being promoted multiple times in 2 years to his current position. Outside of work, Jerry partners with universities & organizations (100+ to date) to help others land into their dream careers. He has amassed 50,000+ followers and has reached 15M+ professionals.