Colorado Product Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the professional development of Colorado’s product management community and professionals who help power the state’s thriving technology sector and startup ecosystem. Colorado Product Foundation is led by a set of volunteers who deliver a variety of events, programs and resources in service of this purpose.
Establish Colorado as the epicenter of exceptional product management practice and thought-leadership
To create and cultivate product management practitioners with the skills necessary to build successful products by providing resources, programs, community, networking, and professional development opportunities to foster their success
The history of Colorado Product has evolved much like the software products and tech companies its founders and leadership team have built their careers working on. In 2010, Adam Tornes, David Hoffman, and Alex Haar – three product managers relatively early in their careers and lacking deep roots in the Boulder area – founded what was then known as the Boulder Product Meetup. All three led the Product Management function at their respective startups and upon meeting, learned that none of them knew more than 1 other PM in the region, despite the plethora of tech startups and mainstays in the area. Given these factors, the trio started the Boulder Product Meetup with two specific objectives in mind:
facilitate professional development through peer conversations and formalized learning opportunities
build a strong network of product professionals in the Boulder area.
In 2014, the Meetup had found real “market traction” and as membership in the organization and attendance at events grew, the team decided there was opportunity to take the organization to the next level and further its impact. In September 2014, the Boulder Product Meetup sponsored and ran an event during Denver Startup Week – the biggest of the week – and it became clear there was opportunity for the organization to broaden its reach. With feedback that nothing similar existed in Denver, we decided expansion of the meetup to Denver was a natural progression, but we still wanted to do more than meetup events alone. From there, Colorado Product was born. And while Colorado Product operated for several years as a nonprofit would, in 2020, the organization was reborn as the Colorado Product Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Over time, the leadership team has evolved, but those original objectives remain true today. Today, Colorado Product Foundation’s community-driven programs serve thousands of Product professionals across Colorado’s Front Range; supporting the rise of thriving tech and startup scenes across these communities.
Colorado Product has been a tremendous resource for me professionally. I’ve developed a strong local network by going to CoPro’s events and happy hours. The slack community has similarly been invaluable for networking and support. I can’t recommend Colorado Product enough.
Julie PiferProduct Manager, Choozle
I moved to Denver in early 2019 only knowing one person. My manager recommended that I join the Colorado Product community. When you move out of an area, you worry about making friends and having the same career momentum/motivation, but Colorado Product has been a big source of confidence, learning, and connection!
Vivian KillinProduct Manager, BiggerPockets
CO Product was key in finding my first product role! I attended a panel session where I not only learned from fantastic and knowledgeable product leaders in the Denver area, but I also learned about a company that was looking for a Jr. PM. I applied and have now been working with that company for over a year – all thanks to the great network that is CO Product!