Janna Bastow, Co-founder & CEO
Like a lot of people in the product world, Janna became a Product Manager almost by accident after spending time in customer-facing roles that required liaising with tech teams. It was this intersection between product and customer that proved essential to quickly learning on the job.
As an early adopter of product management, Janna has seen the field grow from almost nothing into what it is today, and along the way has become one of the key talents in the industry, and can be frequently found sharing her knowledge and insight at Product conferences around the world.
Simon Cast, Co-founder & CTIO
With a background in Mechanical and Space Engineering, Simon first started in product by aiming for the stars and building automation software for satellites. Having honed his product skills, identifying problems, testing, and iterating to achieve useable solutions, Simon relocated to the UK to continue to develop his product skills through consultancy work, and further Product Manager and Head of Product roles.
It was around this time Simon met Janna and began working together over weekends and in the evenings to bring their idea of a suite of product management tools to reality, while also contributing to Mind the Product. Eventually, like Janna, Simon was able to focus full-time on ProdPad to help it become the tool it is today.