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Our newest Director of Product Management, Katie Bolz, had a goal of transitioning her career into product management.  ...
06/09/2022

Our newest Director of Product Management, Katie Bolz, had a goal of transitioning her career into product management. Though she wasn't able to start exactly where she wanted, through perseverance and a determination, Katie had finally made it. Now a Director at Sidebench, Katie hopes to bring equitable opportunities to working in tech. Learn more about how Katie made it happen, here: https://bit.ly/sb-kb

With the beginning of #PrideMonth underway, we're proud to showcase our work for PeerHealthExchange. We designed and bui...
06/06/2022

With the beginning of #PrideMonth underway, we're proud to showcase our work for PeerHealthExchange. We designed and built selfsea, an app created for to provide answers and community for youth. For any questions around LGBTQ+, sexual health, identity and general struggles, selfsea is a safe space for navigating all difficult situations.

"He believes in creating purpose-driven products and businesses that make the world a better place." Christopher Brereto...
06/01/2022
Chris Brereton, Partner, Sidebench | 40 Under 40 Report for Mobile App Industry Leaders

"He believes in creating purpose-driven products and businesses that make the world a better place." Christopher Brereton, VP of Product and Partner at Sidebench, was named in the 40 under 40 Mobile App Technology Leaders Report by MobileAppDaily. Read the full story of how Chris was selected for this years nomination on our website, here: https://bit.ly/3wBG7Vl

As Partner at , Chris Brereton brings his deep entrepreneurial background and over 15 years experience in product leadership to develop world-class products and user experiences. Chris believes in creating purpose-driven products and businesses that make the world a better place. Chris has...

Throughout Team Week we saw presentations from different departments within Sidebench. Each group shared about what they...
05/12/2022

Throughout Team Week we saw presentations from different departments within Sidebench. Each group shared about what they do on a daily basis and how their role overlaps with the rest of the team. We left with a greater understanding of how each of us contributes to the team in a different way and how we can best support each other to find success.

"It’s clear that each person brings a different perspective to the table and leads with a different sense of purpose." M...
05/10/2022

"It’s clear that each person brings a different perspective to the table and leads with a different sense of purpose." Maxine Baghdadi has recently joined the team as an Apprentice Product Manager. From childhood in Dubai, to college in California, Maxine has landed in Chicago as an Associate Product Manager. Read the full story on Maxine, here: https://bit.ly/maxine-baghdadi

The support and excitement shared throughout Team Week brought a new kind of energy. Many of us had forgotten how it fee...
05/06/2022

The support and excitement shared throughout Team Week brought a new kind of energy. Many of us had forgotten how it feels to work side by side with our colleagues and the good ideas that flow when we can each have a seat at the table.

We're hiring! Want to be apart of an innovative, creative, and supportive work environment? Sidebench is looking for Pro...
05/04/2022
Careers | LA's Top Mobile, Web & Software Development Studio

We're hiring! Want to be apart of an innovative, creative, and supportive work environment? Sidebench is looking for Product Managers, Directors, Operations and more. Check out our latest openings here: https://sidebench.com/careers/

Join our family of creative problem solvers and award winning product developers. This is a workplace where talent, creativity and passion come together.

One of the most common requests we've been seeing lately are around two-sided marketplaces in spaces like healthcare, en...
05/02/2022

One of the most common requests we've been seeing lately are around two-sided marketplaces in spaces like healthcare, entertainment, and consumer products. To help bring the learnings we've found back to our followers, we’ve decided to aggregate those learnings and thoughts about our experience building marketplaces, written by Ojoré Weems. If you're interested in building a multi-sided marketplace, click the link here and reach out: https://bit.ly/sb_2sm

Last week our team was able to re-unite in our Santa Monica office for the second semi-annual Team Week. We were able to...
04/28/2022

Last week our team was able to re-unite in our Santa Monica office for the second semi-annual Team Week. We were able to celebrate our recent accomplishments and construct new ways that we could improve and work together as a team. Stay tuned as we share more of our Team Week experience!

From New Dehli to San Francisco our newest Apprentice Product Manager, Rhythm Mehta, has entered the tech industry with ...
04/26/2022

From New Dehli to San Francisco our newest Apprentice Product Manager, Rhythm Mehta, has entered the tech industry with fierce determination. Rhythm has joined the Sidebench team while finishing up his undergraduate degree and has brought a contagious passion for what we do. Read the full story on how Rhythm overcame all obstacles to pave his own way, here: https://bit.ly/sb-rm

The Los Angeles Department of Child Services came to Sidebench with a need for efficiency. They were spending 2 million ...
04/14/2022

The Los Angeles Department of Child Services came to Sidebench with a need for efficiency. They were spending 2 million hours a year arranging 4 million hours of Foster Child visits over 20 different offices, each operating in a different way. After repeated user tests and information gathering sessions, we arrived at a hybrid, step-based platform solution. By decreasing caseworker load and turnover, and increasing child permanency rates, we enabled the largest Foster Care system in the U.S. to save over $300 million within 10 years of implementation. Read the full story on LA DCFS, here: https://bit.ly/SB_DCFS

"When I think of the future, I envision green revolution and sky gardens." One of the newest Product Managers to join th...
04/12/2022

"When I think of the future, I envision green revolution and sky gardens." One of the newest Product Managers to join the team, Anna Lee discusses sustainability as a lifestyle norm and how technology can fuel the health of people and the planet. We are so excited to have Anna on our team as we continue to work towards a sustainable future together. Read the full Talent Spotlight to learn more about Anna, here:
https://bit.ly/SB-ALee

Through the break out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gooding & Co. was no longer able to hold their in-person luxury car auct...
04/11/2022

Through the break out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gooding & Co. was no longer able to hold their in-person luxury car auctions and needed to find a way to keep their business afloat. They came to Sidebench in need of a digital transformation that could create the same luxury experience online as they had so successfully done in person. We redesigned and built their website to withstand high traffic live bidding. In the end we decreased infrastructure costs by 84% and allowed them to scale at a rapid rate. Read more about the digital transformation with Gooding & Co. here: https://bit.ly/sb-gco

For our latest Sidebench Talent Spotlight, we'd love to introduce you to one of our very talented Associate Product Mana...
12/10/2021
Sidebench Talent Spotlight: Alina Ashraff | Sidebench

For our latest Sidebench Talent Spotlight, we'd love to introduce you to one of our very talented Associate Product Managers:

Alina joined Sidebench this summer as an Associate Product Manager. Where did you grow up and what was it like? Born in Whittier, I spent my early childhood in the San Gabriel area in cities like Glendale, Pasadena, and La Canada. In elementary school, we took our journey to Orange County and I spen...

On Monday morning, we started the week by hosting an open forum to make sure our colleagues felt heard and seen. At this...
06/03/2020

On Monday morning, we started the week by hosting an open forum to make sure our colleagues felt heard and seen. At this time, we are focused on educating our team in order to be actionable in our next step as a group. We invite you to join the dialogue and share any resources, groups, or platforms that can help our team and our community learn, grow, and affect meaningful change.

#blacklivesmatter

Across the globe, online communities have banded together in spite of social distancing and isolation. Brands that effec...
04/16/2020
Engage Users During Coronavirus with These Strategies | Sidebench

Across the globe, online communities have banded together in spite of social distancing and isolation. Brands that effectively shift their engagement strategies to reach consumers during the coronavirus are seeing positive feedback from their base. Here are a few brand responses that stood out to our team.

https://bit.ly/2RGHfTO

#coronavirus #covid19 #userengagement #customerrelationships

User engagement has taken a dive during COVID-19. Check out our team's top 3 strategies for continuing to engage users through smart product design.

Coming at you with some tried and true WFH tips curated by the Sidebench team.https://bit.ly/2UNnj2v#WFH #remotework #co...
03/30/2020
Sidebench posted on LinkedIn

Coming at you with some tried and true WFH tips curated by the Sidebench team.
https://bit.ly/2UNnj2v

#WFH #remotework #covid19 #productivity

How is your team navigating the transition to remote work? We understand how important it is to maintain mental and physical health. Here are some tips...

We are excited to partner up with mayor of LA Mayor Eric Garcettis new WiSTEMM initiative to support the next generation...
09/11/2018
WiSTEM L.A.

We are excited to partner up with mayor of LA Mayor Eric Garcettis new WiSTEMM initiative to support the next generation of women in #STEM. With this initiative, we will introduce a forum for women to close the gender gap through networking and professional development. We hope you join us this Saturday, September 15th, as we kick off the initiative with a celebration of women in STEM fields at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater. There will be several panel discussions with thought leaders in the STEM space, an introduction to the WiSTEM program, a keynote from the mayor, and an outdoor expo in Hancock Park. To learn more about the event and register, click here: http://bit.ly/2oFlPrh

Here at Sidebench we consider ourselves lucky to partner with inspiring clients to create truly impactful products. This...
08/14/2018

Here at Sidebench we consider ourselves lucky to partner with inspiring clients to create truly impactful products. This year we had the opportunity to work with the Pritzker Foundation and LA County DCFS to create a workshop called “Bridging the Gap.” Additionally, our partnership with WITH Foundation inspired an “Equitable Design” workshop.

We learned a lot from these partnerships and would love the opportunity to share our findings — that is why we submitted 3 workshop proposals for SXSW EDU 2019. Head to our blog to learn more: http://bit.ly/2OEzoT5

CEO Kevin Yamazaki has just been featured in VoyageLA’s “Most Inspiring Stories” series! Learn how Sidebench got started...
07/24/2018
Meet Kevin Yamazaki of Sidebench - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide

CEO Kevin Yamazaki has just been featured in VoyageLA’s “Most Inspiring Stories” series! Learn how Sidebench got started & find out what Kevin is most proud of:

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Yamazaki. Kevin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. I grew up as a maker, constantly tinkering, taking old appliances apart, and building things. I naturally grew into a closet robotics ne...

Interested in prototyping with Nike Grind materials? Join OpenIDEO Los Angeles Chapter at Sidebench HQ tomorrow for our ...
04/17/2018
Business Model Canvas Workshop and Iteration Workshop (with NikeGrind)

Interested in prototyping with Nike Grind materials? Join OpenIDEO Los Angeles Chapter at Sidebench HQ tomorrow for our second Nike Circular Innovation workshop.

Thank you for everyone that came out to our all day NikeGrind Prototyping workshop! For those of you still interested in taking your ideas forward, join us to play and prototype with NikeGrind materials. We will also be leading a workshop on how to create your business model canvas. (needed for subm...

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Our newest Director of Product Management, Katie Bolz, had a goal of transitioning her career into product management. Though she wasn't able to start exactly where she wanted, through perseverance and a determination, Katie had finally made it. Now a Director at Sidebench, Katie hopes to bring equitable opportunities to working in tech. Learn more about how Katie made it happen, here: https://bit.ly/sb-kb
With the beginning of #PrideMonth underway, we're proud to showcase our work for PeerHealthExchange. We designed and built selfsea, an app created for to provide answers and community for youth. For any questions around LGBTQ+, sexual health, identity and general struggles, selfsea is a safe space for navigating all difficult situations.
"He believes in creating purpose-driven products and businesses that make the world a better place." Christopher Brereton, VP of Product and Partner at Sidebench, was named in the 40 under 40 Mobile App Technology Leaders Report by MobileAppDaily. Read the full story of how Chris was selected for this years nomination on our website, here: https://bit.ly/3wBG7Vl
Throughout Team Week we saw presentations from different departments within Sidebench. Each group shared about what they do on a daily basis and how their role overlaps with the rest of the team. We left with a greater understanding of how each of us contributes to the team in a different way and how we can best support each other to find success.
"It’s clear that each person brings a different perspective to the table and leads with a different sense of purpose." Maxine Baghdadi has recently joined the team as an Apprentice Product Manager. From childhood in Dubai, to college in California, Maxine has landed in Chicago as an Associate Product Manager. Read the full story on Maxine, here: https://bit.ly/maxine-baghdadi
The support and excitement shared throughout Team Week brought a new kind of energy. Many of us had forgotten how it feels to work side by side with our colleagues and the good ideas that flow when we can each have a seat at the table.
We're hiring! Want to be apart of an innovative, creative, and supportive work environment? Sidebench is looking for Product Managers, Directors, Operations and more. Check out our latest openings here: https://sidebench.com/careers/
One of the most common requests we've been seeing lately are around two-sided marketplaces in spaces like healthcare, entertainment, and consumer products. To help bring the learnings we've found back to our followers, we’ve decided to aggregate those learnings and thoughts about our experience building marketplaces, written by Ojoré Weems. If you're interested in building a multi-sided marketplace, click the link here and reach out: https://bit.ly/sb_2sm
Last week our team was able to re-unite in our Santa Monica office for the second semi-annual Team Week. We were able to celebrate our recent accomplishments and construct new ways that we could improve and work together as a team. Stay tuned as we share more of our Team Week experience!
From New Dehli to San Francisco our newest Apprentice Product Manager, Rhythm Mehta, has entered the tech industry with fierce determination. Rhythm has joined the Sidebench team while finishing up his undergraduate degree and has brought a contagious passion for what we do. Read the full story on how Rhythm overcame all obstacles to pave his own way, here: https://bit.ly/sb-rm
The Los Angeles Department of Child Services came to Sidebench with a need for efficiency. They were spending 2 million hours a year arranging 4 million hours of Foster Child visits over 20 different offices, each operating in a different way. After repeated user tests and information gathering sessions, we arrived at a hybrid, step-based platform solution. By decreasing caseworker load and turnover, and increasing child permanency rates, we enabled the largest Foster Care system in the U.S. to save over $300 million within 10 years of implementation. Read the full story on LA DCFS, here: https://bit.ly/SB_DCFS
"When I think of the future, I envision green revolution and sky gardens." One of the newest Product Managers to join the team, Anna Lee discusses sustainability as a lifestyle norm and how technology can fuel the health of people and the planet. We are so excited to have Anna on our team as we continue to work towards a sustainable future together. Read the full Talent Spotlight to learn more about Anna, here: https://bit.ly/SB-ALee