Sep 10, 2020
Abdel Tefridj – Master Soap Maker Turned Chief Innovation Officer #90
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Welcome to another episode of Develomentor. Today's guest is Abdel Tefridj.

Abdel is leading the product development at Data Bid Machine to optimize companies’ traffic acquisition. He is a technology and product executive with an extensive background in eCommerce, data science, and software development. Abel has also held roles as chief innovation officer. 

He is advising several growing companies in their digital transformation and scaling their data science initiatives. Strong background in the Search, NLP, deep learning, Information Retrieval, Recommendation Systems, and Data Analytics spaces.

Led a +1000-person global product and engineering teams that build, innovate, and maintain B2B and B2C global platforms across several industries: Energy, Chemical, technology, finance, and retail. Experienced general manager with strong results in managing and growing digital and product revenue volumes ranging from $100 million to $5 Billion+. 

Abdel speaks regularly at conferences, is fluent in four languages, loves to travel and meet new people. To connect the dots you need to collect the dots.

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“Leaders provide 2 things for their team: clarity and hope. I think if you can do those two effectively, people will follow you.”

“The MBA will give you validation that you understand the business. Plus it will give you a bigger network. For me, the biggest value was the big network.”

“I think the fastest way to learn is not by reading but by talking to people.”

“The biggest things I’ve learned over the years in product management is follow the money and prioritization.”

“Ask 5-10 customers what they’re willing to spend on. Just go check with the end user and buyer.”

“When I promote a new engineer leader they tend get fixated on people’s weakness. They try to just address weakness. I say ’no, no, no we all have weakness, how to we leverage everybody’s strengths?’”

—Abdel Tefridj

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