Introducing Camellia George (kah-MEEL-ya), Head of Product Development
· by Michael Vaughan, Venmo GM
Give us a brief description of what you do here at Venmo. I oversee and guide the three teams that define and design our products: User Research, Product Design and Product Management. Together we synthesize learnings from our Strategy, Operations and Engineering teams, our customers and competitors into new ideas for Venmo. Sometimes these are simple extensions to help make existing parts of Venmo more usable or delightful for our customers. And, sometimes these are ideas for new products or services that don’t exist at all within Venmo.
Our team is responsible for defining the business logic and requirements, designing the user experience, and managing the creation and release of these features and products into the wild.
What do you enjoy most about your current position? I love getting to work every day with a mix of people on the Product team, Engineering teams, and Strategy team at Venmo. I deeply believe that great products are the result of fantastic relationships and the chemistry between people with a shared mission.
But something that's unique to being at Venmo is that this product has been on my personal "bucket list." Seven years ago, as part of Intel Research's Personal Digital Money initiative, I took part in experience definition of intersection of social networks, mobile devices and personal finance. Future-casting for the computing giant was amazing, but ever since I have been looking for an opportunity to put those learnings and vision into real products in the market. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of such an exciting product and team.
How do you spend your free time? What free time? Just kidding. I have a six year old son, so most of my free time these days is spent building Legos—usually various forms of speeder bikes for an extended Star Wars universe—and playing soccer at the park. But when I sneak away for some quiet time by myself I like to read about science (especially epidemiology), watch sci-fi television, and fritter away time on Etsy, which I like to think of as a crowd-sourced 3D printer.
What are you listening to these days? I'm obsessed with Steven A Clark's "Bounty" (you can thank me later) and some other cuts from the same album, I love the HBR Ideacast and Freakonomics podcasts.
Where would you like to go on your dream vacation? I love, love, love Santa Fe, New Mexico, especially in the fall or early spring while it's still chilly at night and crisp during the day. It's my go-to day dream. I'm also really hoping to visit Copenhagen sometime soon!
What would be the title of your autobiography? "The Future is Fabulous" or "For a Short Story, That Sure Went on for a While."
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid, I was 100% sure I was going to be a pediatrician.
Go-to karaoke song? "Edge of Seventeen" or anything off Rumors by Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks is my hero, hands down.
If you had a superpower, what would it be and why? Time-freezing. Obviously. So I could get more things done and sneak in a nap.
What's your favorite joke? A: Knock knock. B: Who's there? A: Control freak...Now you say, "Control freak who?"