// Mixpanel implementation The Mentoring Club - Darren Cody
Darren Cody

Darren Cody ✓ certified mentor

✓ certified mentor
Co-CEO & Co-Founder Marketplace Studio

G'Day,

My name is Darren Cody, I am curious by nature and a Product Manager by trade. I've been in Product for the past 5 years and love spending my time solving complex problems through design & development. I am the Founder of a Public Benefit Company, a Co-Founder of Marketplace Studio, and an Investor in Bunking & GoalsX.

I specialize in Marketplace Platforms, specifically for startups.

My Mentoring Topics

  • - Product Management at a Marketplace Startup
  • - Development Management at a Marketplace Startup
B.
17.November 2022

Our session was very helpful. I found you very personable and easy to talk to. I appreciated the actionable feedback provided as well as the follow-up email that summarized everything we talked about.

M.
4.November 2022

Darren is a great mentor. He gave me very useful hints in the field a product launching, product management and online presence.

S.
15.September 2022

My time with Darren was very valuable! He listened deeply and provided me with interesting resources basically out of the gate. I very much appreciate his advice and could take a lot from it!

F.
21.March 2022

The session was very good, thanks Darren for your time

A.
26.February 2022

The session with Darren was extremely useful. Despite me coming to the session with very high level questions to which it is difficult to give detailed and precise answers, Darren was able to pack the session with little insights and nudge me in the direction where I can learn more by myself.

H.
17.February 2022

Darren Cody is an incredibly intelligent, helpful person. In our meeting, he tried to help me to articulate my questions regarding technical product management skills. Moreover, he supported me with links to useful resources. I am very thankful for your precious time and all the insightful thoughts you provided.

Looking forward to more sessions.

Thanks a bunch!

Hiba

D.
16.February 2022

Darren was accommodating with his time and provided me with excellent feedback and a few resources to follow up on. I appreciated him taking time out of his day to chat with me, and I look forward to booking another session soon.

a.
10.February 2022

It's a useful session.

mentor Darren , open my eyes for topics like design thinking, and he also share an important insight about my current progress.

mentor have open mind to share knowledge.

B.
31.January 2022

Very helpful! I have only positive feedback, you are inspiring and down to earth, thank you for the support!

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