Ken Mallon

Ken Mallon

Chief Product Officer


4INFO

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
In my senior year at UConn, I had a Statistics professor who earned his PhD from Stanford.
That statistics professor later wrote a recommendation letter for my graduate work at Stanford.
I'd never been to CA, had no money, but knew Stanford's reputation, so I went and made it work.
After graduation, I spent a decade in the health sciences field, unrelated to what I do today.
I worked my way up to a director level in the biotech and health sciences field.
I decided to take a risk and a pay cut to enter the tech field and go work for Yahoo.
Without taking those risks (statistics, Stanford, going to Yahoo), I wouldn't be where I am today.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Southington High School
Bachelor
Mathematics Teacher Education
University of Connecticut
Graduate
Statistics, General
Stanford University
Graduate
Biomedical Sciences, General
Johns Hopkins University

Career

Chief Product Officer

I manage the data science and product teams, working closely with engineers to build 4INFO products.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Technology
Helping People

Day to Day

I spend time with all parts of the company from M&A to sales to operations and engineering. Most importantly, I spend time with customers understanding the needs and getting feedback on our products. A great day starts with someone having a creative idea followed by team members huddling and brainstorming details. On a perfect day, that idea turns into a solution that is coded and ready to test by the end of the day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Outside of direct academics, you need logic skills, critical thinking skills, reasoning skills, an ability to problem-solve, and creativity. In addition, as product officer, I really need to be able to provide my team with a vision. So, to be a Chief Product Officer, you need to become deeply knowledgeable in one area to the point that you can see possible futures for the industry.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Be curious-you have to have a passion for observing people and understanding what people want and need. That curiosity for how and why things work will help you understand your consumers.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
graduate
Graduate

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You don't need to go to graduate school; you should just become a high school teacher."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial