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John Vajda


Director of Product, Simple Energy

Location: Boulder, CO


Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



As a professionally trained and certified project manager, I have realized through my hands-on experience that project management (logic) and product management (dreams) go hand in hand. In fact, they are the perfect pair, since blending logic with vision allows you to realize what is truly possible – while also having the skills to turn ideas into action, thoughts into results.

If you can master both of these skills – coming up with the ideas and turning them into reality – you have something special. Something that can serve as a ground-breaking asset to a team. Someone who can not only think outside the box but also devise a plan to make things happen with positive results in a timely way. 

Entrepreneurship and ownership are adrenaline rushes. Creation is thrilling. And in a forward-thinking, Agile environment is where I excel. I have the experience and knowledge to take small or large companies to the next level, and I have the ideas to keep products and teams evolving.



Work experience

Simple Energy, Director of Product
July 2015 - Present, Boulder, Colorado, US
Product Owner: Energy eCommerce Marketplace & Energy Engagement Platform Agile Champion: product development process Director: product roadmap & product strategy Director: eCommerce Team

SendGrid, Product Manager
September 2012 - July 2015, Boulder, Co, US
Product Manager of SendGrid's Email Deliverability and SPAM Compliance Team Formerly Product Manager of SendGrid's Transactional Templates and Email Marketing products.

Rue La La, Product Manager
April 2011 - August 2012, Boston, Ma
Product Manager and Business Analyst for the Rue La La eCommerce store front Django/Python re-platform project Leads requirements definition and design phases for new product features and enhancements Responsible for Product Backlog grooming and prioritization Responsible for the creation of user stories, acceptance criteria and use cases used to develop features Provides ROI assessments and metric analysis to support the Agile concept of build measure learn Leads continual ongoing improvement projects of feature development process and tools

Untappd, Product Manager
June 2011 - May 2012, Boston, Ma, United States
Product Manager & Scrum Master of Untappd mobile apps and website Responsible for project and product management duties Responsible for community management and user support of the mobile apps and website Responsible for lead generation and business development and strategic partnerships Lead a panel on Social Media & Location Based Services and it’s impacts on the beer industry at SXSW 2012

Oracle , Project Manager/Scrum Master
February 2009 - April 2011, Boston, Ma
Converted the development team to Scrum and Agile methods and created a Product Owner framework. Defined project and product management processes and methodologies for the development team Organized, managed, and prioritized project portfolios and multiple product backlogs Managed multiples projects with globally distributed teams through the entire project lifecycle Streamlined communication and improved efficiencies for virtual teams Managed complex and robust software projects built on Oracle software platforms

PayPal, Project Manager
June 2007 - November 2008, Phoenix, AZ, United States
Managed programs/projects for eBay and PayPal in Customer Shipping, Seller/Buyer Registration, Buyer Incentives, and Check Out Managed multiples projects with virtually distributed teams through the entire project lifecycle Lead process improvement projects for both eBay and PayPal. Leader of several process steering committees to improve internal and external project management processes.


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