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Apply for the 2021 Generous Business Awards

Austin Gives, a program of the Austin Chamber that encourages business philanthropy, has launched this year’s awards nominations. Our mission is to recognize businesses who have pledged to give back through volunteer time, products, services and financial support toward their community impact efforts.

Does your business give back? Is it part of your mission to engage in making our community a better place to live and work? If you are a company who makes generosity a part of your business model, we believe you deserve to be recognized and celebrated for your efforts, inspiring others to follow your lead. Last year we added two new award categories to celebrate Employee Engagement efforts and Volunteers who lead in the workplace.

Applications are being accepted now through April 30th, For this year’s Generous Business Awards. https://www.austinchamber.com/events/10th-annual-generous-business-awards

Product Manager Mindset with Dustin Kirkland

Product managers are visionaries. They are uniquely able to marry engineering knowledge with customer useability in mind. Dustin Kirkland, Chief Product Officer at Apex Clearing, has been in the product space for more than 20 years. During that time, he has developed a deep knowledge of technical processes paired with a desire to help customers achieve the outcome they want.

Dustin joined Patrick and Shelli to discuss what it takes to develop a product manager mindset, why he wishes he would have stuck with controversial ideas early in his career, and the current landscape of product design in IT. Tune in for his story and wisdom.

  • (01:48) – What is Apex Clearing?
  • (02:52) – Fractional share offerings
  • (06:49) – Disruptive fintech tools
  • (10:51) – True to the vision
  • (13:40) – Sphere of influence
  • (19:04) – Project-to-product mentality
  • (21:33) – Getting involved in product management
  • (26:58) – Leaders are learners

Dustin Kirkland is the Chief Product Officer at Apex Clearing. As CPO, Dustin is responsible for defining the vision and evolving the strategy of Apex’s product portfolio. With 20 years of experience in the software and technology industry, Dustin has worked for some of the largest technology firms—Google and IBM, along with innovative startups—Gazzang, acquired by Cloudera, and Canonical, which is the company behind Ubuntu. His team of product managers interface with Apex customers and Apex engineers on a daily basis, ensuring quality, excellence, completeness, and timely delivery of the product release cycles.

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Product-Driven Leadership with Michael Senftleber

Arrive Logistics is one of the fastest-growing freight brokerages. Logistics, perhaps more so than many other industries, is seeing a big shift toward technology beyond traditional IT. Michael Senftleber, CTO at Arrive Logistics, is one of the people leading this charge.

Unlike many professionals in the logistics industry, Michael came from a product background. On this week’s edition of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Michael discussed why product-driven leadership is so beneficial to hiring. Listen to the episode for Michael’s thoughts on diversity of background and its impact on problem solving.

  • (01:24) – Arrive Logistics
  • (04:45) – Customer connection
  • (08:06) – Design tools
  • (12:18) – Multiple domains
  • (15:19) – Efficiency/productivity arc
  • (17:40) – Cloud-first
  • (19:16) – Accelerating adoption
  • (28:50) – The common thread
  • (27:24) – Building the core

Michael Senftleber, Chief Technology Officer at Arrive Logistics, oversees the company’s technology strategy and leads Arrive Edge, a division of Arrive Logistics that operates as an in-house technology company. Senftleber has more than 20 years of product management and technology experience, most recently as the Vice President of Product at Spredfast, another Austin-based company. During his eight-year tenure there, Senftleber led the product vision, strategy and roadmaps for critical products for organic and paid marketing, mobile, security/governance and enterprise platform initiatives. Prior to Spredfast, Senftleber spent time at Austin-based Zilliant and Intel.

Senftleber holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Florida, an MBA from the University of Texas, and most recently an M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Texas State University. Senftleber lives in Austin and works at Arrive Logistics’ headquarters.

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