Speaking & Press

I’ve spoken at conferences, webinars, universities, and hackathons. My speaking topics include product management, minimalism, alternative lifestyles, mental health + technology, technology ethics, facilitation and weird parties, and paradoxes. Reach out for me to speak about any of these topics and more at my contact form.speaker.png


Stephen is CEO and co-founder of Exponent, the best place to advance your tech career. Stephen has conducted thousands of interview prep sessions with Exponent and is a product management thought leader who has presented at Google, WeWork, Duke, Yale and more.

Stephen graduated from Stanford GSB and summa cum laude from Princeton’s Computer Science Department. He is also the founder of the world’s largest mental health hackathon, HackMentalHealth, which takes place in San Francisco. Previously, Stephen was a product manager at Google.

Stephen blogs about product management, facilitating thought-provoking experiences, and paradoxical ideas. His work has been featured in Time, The Verge, Ars Technica, SF Gate, The Next Web, NY Mag, and more.

Past Speaking Engagements

Ace your Product Management Internship
Stanford GSB
June 2020

Product Buds
Ace your PM Interview
June 2020

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Yale School of Management

How to Ace your Tech Interview
September 2019

HackMentalHealth UCSF
Opening and Closing Ceremony
March 2019

HackMentalHealth Yale
Closing Ceremony
February 2019

Stanford University
No-BS Guide to Product Management
November 2018

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Yale University
Everything You Need to Know About Product Management
October 2018

Pragmatic Leaders
Product Management Workshop
July 2018

Upward Hartford
The No-BS Guide to Product Management Interactive Workshop
July 2018

California Institute of Integral Studies
Reverse Hackathon Keynote
June 2018

California Institute of Integral Studies
PM Skill Development Workshop
June 2018

WeWork Philadelphia
The No-BS Guide to Product Management Interactive Workshop
May 2018

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Duke University
The No-BS Guide to Product Management Interactive Workshop
April 2018

Yale University
The No-BS Guide to Product Management Interactive Workshop
April 2018


Princeton University Entrepreneurship Club
The No-BS Guide to Product Management Interactive Workshop
March 2018
Testimonial: “The most useful career talk I’ve been to”

Princeton University ACM & Princeton Women in Computer Science
All Your Questions about Product Management
March 2018

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California Institute of Integral Studies
Hack Mental Health Opening Keynote
February 2018

Hackathon 101 Webinar
February 2018

Palliative Care + Tech Brainstorm
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
January 2018

Breaking Into Startups
How to Crush the PM Interview
January 2018

Google Tokyo
User Delight in Google Search
July 2016

Princeton University
Google Product Manager Tech Talk
October 2016


Featured Entrepreneur: PMLesson
Azlo | August 2018

How to Land a Product Management Job at Google, Amazon, Facebook, or Apple
Product Plan | August 2018

Silicon Valley product managers must be stronger than domestic product managers?
36KR | June 2018

Silicon Values: Tech’s New Code
Globe and Mail | May 2018

An Interview with Stephen Cognetta, founder of HackMentalHealth
The Politic (Yale Publication) | April 2018

CityLab Daily: Rethinking the Street
CityLab | April 2018

Shit Programmers Say, Decoded
TheNextWeb | March 2018

HQ Trivia Hack:

Behind the scenes at The Moth
Westword | August 2017

This guy turned his Clipper Card into a wearable wristband
SFGate | June 2017

‘The AirBnB for stored items’ – Princeton Univ. students launch uShare app
NJ.com | May 2015

International Collegiate Science Journal Launch: