Zia Mohammad

 
Zia Mohammad, Product Manager - IBM Watson

Zia Mohammad, Product Manager - IBM Watson

 
 

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Can you give our audience a teaser of the topics and POV you plan to talk about at our conference?

I'm still trying to narrow down what specifically the talk will be about, but what I'm imagining is something interdisciplinary. From my experiences, the best idea's are forged not when you focus in on one specific area, but when you draw connections from multiple to see things at a higher level. I listed some of the topics of interest above. I might try to shy away from the AI space, but there might be some value in commenting on the role of AI when it comes to "woke" corporations or one of the biggest threats we face - climate change.

Tell us about what you are working on right now.

I'm currently working a cross-portfolio product manager at IBM on Watson Premium. Each Watson service has a premium tier offering the customer, increased compliance, greater security, and service-specific features. At the moment, my focus on premium is surrounding the user experience. Specifically, how I as a product manager can gather the user pain-points and drive them into place while improving our products.

Please tell us about your background and how you got into your field. What is your story of how you got here?

My journey is not a traditional one. From my childhood I dreamed of being an Egyptologist (a subset of archeology), but as I grew that passion shifted to a hobby when I went to college. At The Ohio State University, I studied electrical engineering and neuroscience where I've believed in finding the value between things. My focus in college was around neuroengineering; at various points, I was set on a PhD; however, through an internship at IBM I discovered the field of product management. From having a failed start-up to having taken some business classes through HBS Online, I slowly began to develop the skills needed to pivot into product management. As I continued to learn more about product management, I came to realize the value and success companies can have when they step back and create products based on user needs.

 
At the moment, my focus on premium is surrounding the user experience. Specifically, how I, as a product manager, can gather the user pain-points and drive them into place while improving our products.
— Zia Mohammad
 


In the next five years, what are the most important things to keep and eye on in your field? Why?

In the AI space, I think there's two things to watch in the AI space. The first one is privacy. We hear of data breaches in the news daily and how companies are constantly collecting your data. As the AI space matures, this will be a big subject for discussion as many AI models leverage data to improve. The second is the integration of AI throughout new and old technologies. As our messaging platforms and computers become infused with AI, there will be a fundamental shift in the way we do things.

Who (person or company) do you feel is doing exciting stuff in your field? Why?

I think quantum computing and asteroid mining are going to be the next big things! Did you know they say the first trillionaire will come from asteroid mining!

How do you hope Tulip Conference will be better than your typical event/conference? Why?

From my conversation with you guys, I'm excited about what you have to offer. This conference doesn't look like it will be your regular death by powerpoint, but the topics and discussions will captivate the attendees.