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Episode 114

Bri Connelly

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Bri Connelly is an associate product manager at Google. She studied computer science at the University of Texas. While in school, she interned with IBM, Apple and Google. Bri was also part of a class project powered by IBM’s Watson called Celebri AI. The project was quick validated turned into a startup that got accepted into the Capitol Factory accelerator in Austin. Bri then joined Google as an Associate Product Manager where she got to work on the gboard, Google iOS keyboard. Bri joins us to share her story, how she help launch Celebri AI, what it was like being at the Capitol Factory Accelerator in Austin, how she joined Google, what it’s like being a product manager there, what it was like launching a search driven keyboard, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Bri got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about how Bri joined Google
  • Learn more about how gboard was launched
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Bri Connelly is an associate product manager at Google.

She studied computer science at the University of Texas. While in school, she interned with IBM, Apple and Google.

Bri was also part of a class project powered by IBM’s Watson called Celebri AI. The project was quick validated turned into a startup that got accepted into the Capitol Factory accelerator in Austin.

Bri then joined Google as an Associate Product Manager where she got to work on the gboard, Google iOS keyboard.

Bri joins us to share her story, how she help launch Celebri AI, what it was like being at the Capitol Factory Accelerator in Austin, how she joined Google, what it’s like being a product manager there, what it was like launching a search driven keyboard, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Learn more about how Bri got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about how Bri created the opportunity to work at Google
  • Learn more about how Bri approaches product management
  • Learn more about the gboard and how it launched
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:03
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:15
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

3:10
While in school, you had a few internships with IBM, Apple and Google. What were these experiences like for you?

4:04
You launched your first startup in 2014, called Celebri AI. Can you tell us more about this and what motivated you to launch it?

7:50
Celebri was accepting into the Capitol Factory in Austin. Can you tell us more about this process and what it was like going through the accelerator?

10:10
How did you create the opportunity to work at Google? What was that process like?

11:17
One of the first projects you worked on as lead PM was Gboard. For those who might not know, can you tell us what Gboard is?

12:19
How did the idea for Gboard come about?

13:35
What were some of the biggest challenges you had to overcome (and lessons learnt) with launching this app?

16:02
How do you approach being a Product Manager and shipping a brand new product experience (first Google keyboard on iOS)? Any insights to share with other product managers or entrepreneurs?

21:25
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

22:46
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Bri Connelly on Twitter
Google on Twitter
gboard on the App Store
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Playing God

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