my profile

John Egan

talented product manager / designer

I've been a leader, a teacher, and a problem solver my whole life. I was a civil engineer for 3+ years and now I am solving problems and creating innovative solutions in Product and Design in the tech industry.
Love using innovating technology and systems thinking to solve problems and reveal the stories of everyday people.

personal info

name: John Egan E-mail: [email protected] website:
Who am i?
A technology fanatic, a problem solver, and a Chicago-born proven leader utlizing my engineering and management skills to make an impact in the Chicago tech scene.
What I'm really good at?
Being the most resourceful person in the room - Breaking down complex problems - Creating innovating and efficient solutions - A life-long student of the game
How can you contact me?
Simply drop me an email or hit me up on social media. I love staying active in the Twitter and Linkedin world.
What are my hobbies
When I'm not solving life's puzzles, you can find me enjoying Chicago's craft beer scene, cheering on the Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox, Bulls, and Man United, and playing soccer across the city.

"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."

- Steve Jobs -

Here's what i'm doing

I enjoy doing a lot of things. Solving problems, taking lead, providing all kinds of help, making that killer one-line joke, and much more. Below are just a few things I like doing the most.

Product Management

Focused Product Manager with the brain of an engineer. Always concious of big picture and business goals while being a motivating team leader.

UX Design

Has the heart of a designer, but also focuses on people—the users—not just on business goals, skills, or techniques.


Critical thinking with an open mind to produce clean and quality HTML, CSS, JS, and Wordpress sites.


Possess the hustle to always be a life-long student of the game. Constantly doing research, reading books, and taking online courses to stay ahead

technical skills

I am on the path to developing my technical skills each day. I started training these skills in mid 2016 and will continue to train to become an expert and confident in these bodies of knowledge.

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data analysis

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other IQ/EQ skills

With a natural thirst for knowledge, I enjoy sharing what I know with others. I'm confident in my mastery of chosen subjects, and perfer design and a brillant plan rather than opinions that can be distractions.

work and education experiences

A promising product manager and designer with a robost civil engineering background.

Full-Time Work


Volunteer / Side Projects

Ora Interactive

( April. 2017 : Present ) Product Manager

Building world-class mobile experiences.


( Aug. 2016 : Present ) Freelance Developer / Designer / Manager

Developing side projects, further continuing my learning, and reading so many books

Saint Patrick High School

( Aug. 2016 : Present ) Web Design & App Development Adjunct Instructor

Instructing the website / app development lesson plan. Students are introduced to web design and development, the planning process involved in developing a website, and cost estimating.

Startup Institute

( Jun. 2016 : Aug. 2016 ) Web Design Student

Selected from a highly-competitive applicant pool for an eight-week education program. Startup Institute gives people the skills, mindset, and network to be high-impact employees at innovative companies.

VIATechnik LLC

( Jan. 2015 : Apr. 2016 ) PROJECT MANAGER

Acted as PM at a construction & engineering services start-up firm. Team lead on over 80+ projects within a 16-month term; projects include 3D BIM model coordination, point cloud to model scan, estimating, 3D building model design, and virtual reality programs for building navigation.

F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen

( Jun. 2013 : Jan. 2015 ) Project Engineer

F.H. Paschen is one of the largest general contractors in the Midwest with over $500m in yearly revenue.

Bradley University

( Aug. 2009 : Apr. 2013 ) B.S. Civil Engineering

Received Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering Degree. Extracurricular activities: Sigma Chi, Bradley Club Soccer

John's Bookshelf

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Ego Is the Enemy
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
The One Minute Manager
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

My Portfolio

I develop some neat projects on the side.

project 1
Tools Of Titans - Tool Guide

Tools of Titans - Tool Guide

( website )

project 1


Created the ultimate tool guide for the #1 NYT Best-Selling book 'Tools of Titans' by Tim Ferriss


People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy. INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare.


project 1
Talent Expo

Talent Expo

( startup institute )

project 1

The moment I solved a Rubik's cube with one hand.

project 2
Talent Expo

Talent Expo

( startup institute )

project 2

Giving a 60 second pitch about myself.

project 3
Talent Expo

Talent Expo

( illustration )

project 3

Solving a Rubik's cube with one hand on stage in front of hundreds.

project 4
si group

si group

( startup institute )

project 4

The Startup Institute Summer 2016 cohort. Big group of smart weirdo's right here.