Distributed Teams, Singular Focus | Ray Hein from Propel

Building physical products with distributed teams creates collaborative challenges. Engineers, designers, product managers, manufacturers, and distributors must engage in complicated workflows, often across continents and time zones.

Ray Hein knows this problem has been around for a long time. “There’s been a lack of innovation for 20 plus years in this space,” he says. It’s why he started Propel, a company that offers an Al-driven solution, built in the Salesforce platform, that brings together engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and the customer in a collaborative hub.

On this edition of UpTech Report, Ray explains how this technology meets the challenges faced by different parties, with varying focuses and goals, working together to build a better product.

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Ray Hein is the CEO and co-founder of Propel, which helps companies achieve product success by connecting the people, systems and processes needed to deliver products from concept to customer. Based on years of experience building and leading product management teams in both SaaS software and hardware companies, Hein launched Propel in 2015 to disrupt a fragmented PLM process by harnessing all disparate elements into one flexible and easy-to-use platform that is the single source of product truth for the entire value chain.

Prior to founding Propel, Hein served as Senior Vice President of Product Management at Apttus, where he was responsible for product strategy and new product launches. He has also held senior leadership roles at Vendavo and Centric Software. Hein spent nearly a decade at Agile Software where he led product strategy and development and created the company’s product development roadmap, based upon his in depth experience and knowledge of manufacturing. Hein was also responsible for the identification and acquisition of seven companies, ultimately resulting in Agile’s own acquisition by Oracle.

Hein is known as a results driven leader, as well as a thought-leader within the analyst community. He has been awarded three patents covering product network effect and enterprise platform integration. Hein is Pragmatic Marketing certified, focusing on value propositions and prioritization to drive focused, market validated, product launches. Additionally, he is a Certified Agile scrum master. 




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