LinkedIn's Principal Product Manager: Ian McCarthy

July 1st, 2010 | by Jason Alba |

I’ve been seriously following LinkedIn’s progress for a few years now but recently just learned about Ian McCarthy.  Not sure why it has taken me so long to figure out who he is, since he is the guy who drives the actual product.

I was reading up on the new changes on LinkedIn Groups (what do you think about those changes?) and saw this on TechCrunch:

LinkedIn’s principal product manager Ian McCarthy says that overall, Groups has been upgraded to be more engaging with users and a place where people can have conversations on the platform.

So, it really is Ian who’s behind all this stuff… !  I don’t know what their product management team looks like… but here’s some info about Ian (from his LinkedIn Profile):

  • He’s in the San Francisco area (of course)
  • He went to Stanford (leaving/graduating in 1991)
  • He tweets here (not much, though… 164 followers and 52 tweets)
  • Past titles include “VP, Product Marketing” (Orb Networks) and CEO (GoPix – probably funded by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman)
  • His Profile could use some beefing up (check out my DVD!)

I’m not crazy about all the social stuff LinkedIn is doing, but I think they investors think they have to be more like Facebook/Twitter… LI’s value has been, and should be, in other places.  It will be interesting to see where Ian continues to take the features.

  1. One Response to “LinkedIn's Principal Product Manager: Ian McCarthy”

  2. By Jay Ehret on Jul 1, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with your point about the social stuff, Jason. Primarily because it makes Linkedin look more like Twitter and Facebook and less like itself. LI may improve itself out a clearly defined identity.

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