Pradip Khakhar Product Manager and Founder - The Product Angle

Please read Statement on Summer of Product

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Today Monday, June 01, 2020, was scheduled to be day 1 of 6. Please read our Statement on Summer of Product.

The Product Angle

Please read Statement on Summer of Product.

Dear friends,

We are postponing Summer of Product. We don’t have a future date planned as of yet, but it will happen.

When we canceled Product Impact 2020, we all had a common enemy – the coronavirus. The coronavirus brought the world to a standstill, many people faced adversity, loss, and the fear of the unknown. Since then the world came together in support of each other. In a way, it brought us together.

This time it’s different. This time the country is divided.

The actions over the last few weeks are incomprehensible; the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

This past weekend I have seen firsthand friends, families, and neighbors in distress. To be honest, I don’t really know how to process this right now. Living in NYC I am minutes away from the streets that I know and love, seeing them in this light deeply upsets me.

When I first immigrated to the US, I was very excited. I considered myself very fortunate to have this opportunity.

Today things are different – mass shootings, racism, twitter feuds, lack of direction/leadership, etc.

I feel sick just writing this.

What does 2040 look like?

I received an email from my alma mater which quoted former President Obama:

“When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if because of the color of their ‎skin, they are not being treated the same. And that hurts. And that should trouble all of us. This is not just a black issue. It’s not just a Hispanic issue. This is an American issue that we should all care about. All fair-minded people should be concerned.”

And former President Obama is right. The problems that we must confront belong to all of us. Therefore, we need to own up to them. We have to own them. All of us. Their solutions also need to be owned by everyone, but especially by our leaders and those in positions of authority and influence.

#BlackLivesMatter

Thank you,

Pradip Khakhar
Founder – The Product Angle

Pradip Khakhar Product Manager and Founder - The Product Angle
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