PRODUCT MANAGER

Mat Balez

Mat Balez is a NYC-based Product Management executive.

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The product your team builds and ships is the most faithful representation of your success as a PM.
— Mat Balez in "Product Manager, You Are..."

Mat Balez is a NYC-based Product Management executive. 

Mat is Chief Product Officer—and founding team member—at Cityblock Health, which aims to build a scalable solution to address the root causes of health for underserved urban populations with complex needs. Leading up to Cityblock, he helped incubate its progenitor, Care Lab, at Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs.

Before joining Sidewalk, Mat served as VP of Product at Flatiron School, where he helped make programming education more accessible by launching Learn.co, the school's collaborative online learning platform for training employable developers. With a focus on outcomes-driven education, Flatiron was the first coding bootcamp to publish an independently-verified jobs report as well as the first in the industry to offer a job guarantee. Flatiron School was acquired by WeWork in October 2017. 

Prior to his time at Flatiron, Mat spent six years at Google as a Senior Product Manager working on projects with significant reach and visibility such as Google Glass (led software experience), personalized local search (led mobile experience), Google Latitude (led mobile HTML5 experience), and Google Maps for mobile (led dozens of feature launches, helping to grow user base by more than 10X).

Early in his career, Mat co-founded a technology consultancy that built healthcare decision-support software using Monte Carlo simulation and linear optimization models. He got his start in Product Management in 2007 helping to launch Defensio—a web-security platform that was later acquired by Forcepoint

With more than a decade's experience designing, building and shipping web-scale software as a Product Manager on large, geographically dispersed,  interdisciplinary teams, Mat wants to help the next generation of PMs rise up. His post about the profession—Product Manager, You Are... a janitor, essentially—has been  read by more than 50,000 people and is now included on the reading lists of Product Management courses around the world, including Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He actively mentors aspiring Product Managers in and around NYC. 

Mat holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University and a M. Sc. in Healthcare Operations Research from the Smith School of Business

He lives with his wife, son and dog in Manhattan's Upper West Side. 

He can be reached at: matbalez@gmail.com.