Who I am
SOFTWARE PRODUCT MANAGER, INVENTOR & AUTHOR
Accomplished visionary and strategic-minded product executive with over 20 years of experience with demonstrated success in driving performance and achieving superior results across world-class technology companies; demonstrated expertise in all core business functions from strategic planning and software development through product definition, user experience design, development, QA, marketing and deployment.
Insightful inventor and product developer in diverse areas such as consumer products, construction, automotive and others.
Author of a history book and many articles.
Founder of Thought Academy.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Wide-ranging global perspective; possesses in-depth understanding of disparate business cultures in diverse geographic regions; exceptional talent in global strategies.
- Insightful, influential presenter with superior interpersonal skills; skilled in translating complex technical solutions into understandable business terms.
- Champion of organizational and staff development with demonstrated experience in cultivating relationships and motivating talented teams forward to excellence.
- Results-oriented strategist, focusing on perspectives from all parties involved to obtain full picture of situations before making intuitive leaps and developing solutions.
- Organizes and drives extensive agendas in demanding settings.
- Certified Scrum Agile Product Owner (CSPO) – Scrum Alliance
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YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Key Professional Accomplishments
- Led the design and development of the GoPro App for mobile and GoPro Studio for desktop, which were downloaded over 27 million times providing a complete virtuous circle ecosystem of hardware and software leading to increased camera usage and sales.
- Managed the development of video editing capabilities for GoPro Studio, used to create over 45,000 videos a day resulting in increased camera use, viral dissemination of content and increased camera sales.
- Played key roles in user interface design, documentation, design of demo videos and product management for Gryphon Software’s Morph, which received major media coverage launching the company to worldwide fame and resulting in millions of dollars in revenue from over a million copies sold.
- Served as critical member of a team that created and implemented a groundbreaking, brand-new line of multimedia edutainment products, the Gryphon Activity Centers, resulting in key licensing agreements with Disney, DC Comics and others and leading to almost doubling company revenue.
- Implemented techniques for the encoding of audio and video in the Activity Center products enabling large resolution video in PC applications for the first time and leading to the development of an entirely new line of products, two of which sold over a million copies each.
- Selected as recipient of multiple honors and awards which contributed to increased company exposure and revenue.
Award of Excellence
Most Innovative New Product Award
DISCOVER Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation
Pixar’s Renderama Contest
Third place prize
Software & Information Industry Association Codie Award
Best Business Application: Graphic
Software & Information Industry Association Codie Award:
Best Business Application: Best Personal Creativity Program
MacUser Magazine Awards Editor’s Choice (Eddy) Finalist:
Best Desktop Diversion
MacUser Magazine Awards Editor’s Choice (Eddy) Finalist:
Best New Special Effect
New Media Magazine’s InVision Contest
Director Software Product Management
- Mobile & Desktop Software Development
- User Experience
- Video Editing
Managed product team to drive overall product portfolio and entire product lifecycle for all desktop and mobile software products. Collaborated closely with UX team on user experience designs. Established and maintained the software product roadmap.
Senior Product Manager
- Software Development Kit
- TV Client Software
- Developer Relations
Oversaw development of reference user interface and software development framework for Qualcomm’s uiOne mobile platform. Managed the development of third party BREW Extensions and applications for the Ecommerce, Location Based Services, Gaming and Information segments, the overhaul of the BREW web site and development of the uiOne Handset Development Kit (HDK) developer web site and HDK developer extranet.
Director of Research & Development - Founder
- Video & Audio Processing and Compression
- User Experience
- Video Production
Product-managed the development of all software products. Developed corporate strategic business plan and financial objectives driving the software definition and user interface design. Managed the audio and video production and implementation team. Developed techniques for audio & video encoding. Wrote functional and design product specifications for all products.
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What i do
Founder of Thought Academy. Thought Academy is a website whose mission is to make the world a better place by helping people become better thinkers.
- Website Design
- Content Author
- Online Marketing
Wilensky Imagineering is a product development agency focused on the creation and development of new product ideas. Industrial design and proof of concept prototype engineering.
- 3D Modeling
- User Experience
Business & Plannning
I have worked on dozens of products, both software and hardware. Many of these are used by millions of people, and some have been showcased by the media worldwide.
Explore my work portfolio by clicking the button below. Click on each title to read a description of that product and my role in it.
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Colleagues, Employees & Supervisors
"Gabriel is a diligent product manager, executing on tasks at hand, and creating alternative solutions to make things happen. Gabriel has worked on my teams several times and is a reliable product manager. I would recommend him for any product management job and if I had one available, I would hire him myself."
"Gabriel is a highly motivated individual who is passionate about his work. He is detail oriented, a great problem solver, and a team player. This combination allowed him to be successful driving projects internally and winning the confidence of his customers. He is a well rounded Product Manager and would be an asset to any organization."
"Gabriel demonstrated a high degree of expertise and his communication was clear and informed. His style was open and inviting and I enjoyed my interactions with him. Gabriel is enthusiastic about his work which is infectious. I would gladly recommend him."
"While I didn't work directly with Gabriel in Software Development (myself being in Industrial Design), I found him as a person to be immensely kind, creative, and personable with an endless supply of curiosity and ambition across multiple disciplines. From interacting with both his subordinates and superiors I found he had the respect and admiration of both. I personally saw his strong commitment to the team with his willingness to go the extra mile to assist colleagues in difficult, trying situations. I could continue on with countless platitudes but in the end Gabriel was one the few people that I chose to have a friendship with outside of office, which I believe speaks volumes about Gabriel as a colleague and a friend."
"Gabriel is a strong technical product leader with ambitious, creative ideas. I was lucky enough to work with him at Novatel Wireless and only wish that he had the resources and bandwidth to execute on all the great initiatives he's come up with. He's also a friendly, thoughtful coworker and an all-around good guy, and I'd definitely work with him again in a heartbeat."
"Gabriel is one of the most diligent, intelligent and personable colleagues I've had the pleasure to work [with]. He is an excellent peer and mentor to those in and around his team and sets a great example across the board. Independently, Gabe has conceived and run immense software/hardware product programs with aplomb and efficiency. I've watched him develop entirely new processes to elevate, measure, and track performance across Business, Technical and Experience design teams. Gabe is always the first to dive in and help his teams when they're faced with technical roadblocks, but equally acts as bridge between disparate teams, senior leadership and marketing. He is always a pleasure to work with and has been indispensable to the projects we've collaborated on. "
"Gabriel is a strong user advocate when it comes to product ownership. He always advocates for making the product more user friendly and easy to use. His personality makes him easy to work with and he is very positive and upbeat about his work. I would certainly recommend him to any organization looking to make their product more user friendly."
"Although I only worked with Gabriel for a short while, I found him to be highly experienced in product management. He was a strong advocate for the user experience team, which I greatly appreciated as a UX designer. Not only that, Gabriel was kind and very easy to work with. I think he would be a huge asset for any company."
"I had the pleasure of working with Gabriel at GoPro for 2 years. He was a great mentor to me when I first started and we worked very well together with the software engineering team. He was the sole Product Manager for the Software team until recently and provided excellent requirements for 2 major new product lines. Our mobile applications used to control the GoPro camera and a video editing tool used to edit your GoPro video. Both were a huge success and achieved multiple millions of downloads. I highly recommend Gabriel in a Product Management role."
"During the time we worked together, Gabriel led the development of two successful software projects that were shipped to millions of users, a major contribution to the tremendous success of GoPro products. Gabriel guided the projects from early sketches to detailed specifications coordinating schedules between hardware and software teams. I was very impressed with Gabriel's no-nonsense management style, his ability to listen and his attention to detail. I strongly recommend Gabriel for senior product management positions."
"Working with Gabriel was a very rewarding experience – he’s the type of product manager you want to collaborate with as an interaction designer because of his deep understanding of customer needs and support for the user-centered design process. He helped us drive our insights and design solutions into the product requirements and his technical background made him a great facilitator between the User Experience and Engineering teams during implementation phases. It would be a pleasure to work with Gabriel again."
"Gabriel has a great experience in mobile biz to enable 3G technology and well understands global markets. I am very proud of working with him in some ocasions."
"It was a pleasure working with Gabriel as he was organized and managed the project that we both worked on together."
"I had the opportunity to work with Gabriel at Mforma and most recently at Qualcomm. Gabriel is a very smart professional who knows the industry very well. Gabriel's knowledge and experience cover a very broad spectrum of mobile technologies and products which makes Gabriel very unique."
"I worked on projects with Gabriel. Gabriel demonstrated a keen understanding of technical issues but also had a special understanding of how technical processes directly impact the business. I would highly recommend Gabriel to any organization as he will bring his experiences and his willingness to share knowledge for the betterment of the team directly resulting in the success of the business."
"Gabriel is a technically savy product manager of the mobile software industry. He has excellent business acumen. He successfully led the definition of Qualcomm's CDMA Technologies mobile applications framework. He defined the technology and the processes for the development of the ecosystem. Gabriel is an excellent team player who coordinated activities between multiple teams within the company."
"Gabriel continually demonstrated a commitment to quality and performance. He consistently delivered an effective creative solution in addressing technical issues, which directly contributed to the success of many projects. I recommend his work and would welcome an opportunity to work with Gabriel again."
"I had the pleasure of working with Gabriel in the development of various BREW web sites and extranets. He always had a keen eye for both technical and design aspects of the various projects. Gabriel was working directly with BREW publishers and developers and he was able to provide the web team with valuable direction to help meet their online needs. I would definitely recommend Gabriel."
"For some time Gabriel was my go-to guy at Qualcomm during a period when the company's BREW games strategy began to explode. This made Qualcomm a very hard company to work with at the time because they were - and still are - always stretched too thin in all developer relation departments. Fortunately for the community, Gabriel always had on open ear and took the time to listen to developers' concerns and went the extra mile to dig up information or contacts that were necessary for us to succeed in the BREW space."
"Gabriel is a strong product manager with deep understanding of BREW, Qualcomm’s products and the wireless industry. He has effectively demonstrated the ability to manage multiple massive software products simultaneously, all while sporting a smile on his face."
"Gabriel Wilensky was a significant contributor to our BREW Developer Relations team. He established excellent working relationships with our developer and carrier customers and consistently demonstrated strong technical abilities and experience relating to wireless application technologies."
"I have had the pleasure of working with Gabriel at Qualcomm for several years. Gabriel is a very personable individual who takes pride in his work. I would highly recommend Gabriel and any team would be lucky to have him."
"Gabriel is extremely bright and analytical, always pushing to get to the bottom of very challenging and ambiguous issues. His abilities and industry-shaping experiences will certainly allow him to continue to play a key role in the industry going forward. I very much hope to have an opportunity to work closely with Gabriel in the future."
"Gabriel always brought a friendly and focused attitude to every meeting and project we worked on together. I found him to always be knowledgeable and able to tease out the answers to difficult problems. He is an incredible asset to any organization."
"Working with Gabriel is a pleasure. In the process of productizing VibeTonz, he was instrumental in helping us understand both the technical aspects of how the software might fit into the Qualcomm ecosystem and in orchestrating the necessary connections to make it happen. As a result, the first phone in the US to launch with VibeTonz was on a Qualcomm platform, as was the corresponding downloadable gaming content. A great win for both companies."
"Gabriel was the Product Manager for a large product that my Engineering Team were responsible for creating. He consistently kept on top of the changing requirements of the product which were very technically complex since it was a SDK that was targeted at Software Engineers. He was always a champion for the end-user, putting usability and user-experience high on his priority list. He was an active participant in the frequent "scrum" meetings and he tirelessly drove the product definition. I can unreservedly recommend Gabriel."
"I've had the pleasure of working with Gabriel while working on some UI projects. Gabriel is one of those unique guys who has deep technical knowledge in his domain along with the smarts and passion to make the business real. I would work with him anyday."
"Gabriel demonstrates a unique combination of technical expertise and communication skills which he uses to distill concepts down into executable business concepts. While working with Gabriel on uiOne, I turned to him as a key cross-functional teammate for guidance on muliple challenging issues in order to bring Qualcomm's new mobile phone user interface to market. Gabriel's constant optimism, his technical expertise, and his follow-through are qualities which position him as a valuable member of any professional team. I strongly endorse Gabriel."
"I worked with Gabriel when he managed the UiOne HDK product. I was very impressed by his communication skills and how he adapted his messages depending on the audience. Customers in Asia were not as familiar with the Qualcomm lingo and he made complex comcepts very easy to understand. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Gabriel again."
"Gabriel is one of the most talented and dedicated Product Managers I've ever met. His professionalism and deep knowledge of the wireless software markets make him an invaluable contributor to any organization. I had the privilege of working with Gabriel in many different projects, first as our contact in Qualcomm for LBS systems, then he guided us through the uiOne implementation on Kyocera handsets, and finally worked with our teams to develop a MediaFlo device. I recommend him without hesitation and look forward to working with him again."
"Gabriel is a product manager of exceptional qualities. He is very knowledgeable in many fields, and has put this expertise to good use in the multiple projects he has managed. I have seen him competently juggle large web and traditional software projects, and believe he would be an excellent asset in any organization."
Paul Draxler, PhD
"I was working on an unfunded skunkworks project at the time I met Gabriel and a number of his co-workers in BREW. He had tremendous insight into our objectives and vision. He then provided great suggestions and helped keep the idea/project moving forward (while keeping focus on his current tasks). This skunkworks project is now funded and growing, thanks in part to his inputs and suggestions. I have found it productive and enjoyable to work with Gabriel."
"Gabriel's diligence, follow-through and creativity were instrumental to the success of many projects at FLO TV. He consistently demonstrated an ability to stay on top of action items and determine critical path. I would welcome working with Gabriel again."
"Gabriel's character, experience, depth of knowledge and dedication are assets that make him a team member and leader that adds strength and stability to all organizations he's a part of."
"Gabriel is a strong team player and a detail-oriented product manager. He demonstrated extensive domain expertise and came up with creative solutions. I'm very happy to recommend his work."
"Gabriel is a detail-oriented professional who supported multiple Carrier Relation's department activities by delivering presentations and supporting activities related to BREW and uiOne device client SDKs & tools. Particularly remember that his contributions were key in supporting sales activities for the UMTS market in the US."
"Gabriel is a person of action, and great with customers. I had a great experience working with him on a few projects."
"Gabriel has always been pro-active and consistently demonstrated a dedication to success. Many people in the group find him very pleasing to work with."
"I am absolutely delighted to recommend Gabriel , I had the privilege of interacting with him on a few of occasions and I found him to be very knowledgeable on the subject matter. He is also very articulate, business savvy and a delight to work with. I wish Gabriel the best of luck in all his endeavors."
"Gabriel is a well rounded, efficient and intelligent product manager. I had the pleasure of working with Gabriel on two separate occasions while he was at Qualcomm. He provided great insight and his work ethic led to successful projects that were delivered on time and under budget. Gabriel was also the active force in getting me involved in several large projects to help market, design, develop and launch stunning projects. This was very helpful in expanding the reach and key performance for each project. He is a natural leader and leads by great example."
"I highly recommend Gabriel who offers excellent insights into the technical as well as overall functionality/ business implications. He is passionate and multi-faceted and can lead to deliver results even with tough timelines."
"Gabriel is an excellent product manager! He is technically competent in complex areas; he is detail oriented and meticuluous but keeps his eye on the bigger picture - just what engineering needs. He has an unusual combination of technical, business and creative skills that made him very good to work with. Gabriel is responsive and proactive. I never had to worry about getting the inputs or feedback my team required."
"It is hard for me to express the tremendous respect I have for Gabriel as a peer and colleague in this small paragraph. In my 7 years working with Gabriel at Qualcomm, I have been impressed by 1) his vision, 2) his passion and 3) his ability to execute. The list of complex projects he led and took to the finish line is substantial. His portfolio and past industry experience, as a visionary leader and trail blazer, must be understood in order to fully realize Gabriel's full potential. He is a force to be reckoned with."
"Gabriel is a detailed oriented Product Manager who has a good technical and business skills. He is very methodical and goal oriented and I recommend him highly."
"I have known Gabriel for many years and was always impressed by the quality of his work. Gabriel has great attention to detail and very good taste Throughout time I have seen him work on beautiful computer graphics and animations, then move on to Product Management and keep the same level of professionalism in his presentations for the products he was managing. I had the chance of actually working with him when I was in Kyocera Wireless and he was the product manager for uiOne at Qualcomm. Gabriel provided my team with very good product roadmaps and clear information on the features to expect and when they would be delivered. I think Gabriel would be a very good asset for any company looking for a Product manager with lots of experience in computer graphics and mobile devices."
"Gabriel is the kind of product manager that has made Qualcomm a technology leader - always seeing several moves ahead in strategically critical areas."
"Gabriel is bright, hard working, and motivated, and I enjoyed my time working next to him at QUALCOMM. Best of luck!"
"Gabriel does his work in a very detail oriented fashion creating well thought out plans and therewith leaving nothing up to chance. Being proactive in this manner made it a pleasure to work with him."
"Gabriel brought in-depth subject matter expertise and a great attitude to bear during our interactions. He always kept the customer first while keeping the company's goals met. I recommend Gabriel wholeheartedly."
"In his book "Six Million Crucifixions," Wilensky writes like a lawyer in court, delivering exhibit after exhibit of painful evidence. He shows the direct relation of traditional Christian teaching to modern antisemitism, and the case is overwhelming. The documentation is clear, and it is well illustrated. The pictures of traditional Christian imagery posted side-by-side with Nazi propaganda demonstrate a connection which was obvious to most Christian Fascists. Of course other writers have explored the roots and effects of Christian antisemitism. But Wilensky makes a focused presentation, demonstrating the depth and duration of anti-Jewish teaching, the incitement of hate crimes by leading Christians, their silence in the face of mass murder, and their active assistance to war criminals fleeing justice. In the view of Wilensky and many others, the war crimes trials after WWII stopped short of investigating all sectors of culprits. A small minority of military and political perpetrators were charged with crimes against humanity, but not the business or religious leaders. Wilensky details the crimes of religious leaders in terms of international law. He feels it is important for the future of religion, and the future of humanity. And he's right. --author of Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story."
"Gabriel was an integral member of the team and had good ideas and insight into his projects. I would recommend him."
"In 1990 I was lucky enough to work with Gabriel in establishing a Pixar Renderman-based pipeline for the company I was working for. Only a handful of people in the world were doing Renderman-based work at that time. I am still impressed by how advanced his 3D modeling and animation software was—and also by how deep his knowledge was on the subject. At that time he also managed the development of a hardware accelerator board for 3D graphics rendering on the Mac which was 10 times faster than the machines it ran on. Also remarkable was his other pioneering work in the field of computer graphics—i.e. with the popular Morph application he developed with Gryphon Software right after the famous PDI/Michael Jackson video."