5th of May 2021

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

They say that all good things must come to an end. Today we’re announcing that after six wonderful years, Jam is closing down.

To this day, we have thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve done together. Our events were fun, different, and a pleasure to organise and run. You brought them to life and we couldn't be more grateful for all the great moments we enjoyed in your company.

In this announcement, we’d like to share the rationale behind this decision.

2020 has had a disastrous impact on society and the economy as a whole. From a business standpoint, companies operating in the events industry have been hit particularly hard.

Our revenues crashed, and we lost a considerable amount of money in deposits paid to venues – including Hawker House, who we were saddened to hear, are also in the process of closing down.

We successfully ran several online events throughout the year, but it quickly became clear to us that it was going to be impossible to recreate the experiences we'd created in the past, online.

But we didn't throw in the towel. At the end of the year, we attempted a pivot, and launched – Jam Club – an online community for our most committed members.

Our vision was to build a thriving space for growth-minded product leaders, offering intimate virtual workshops every month.

Pivoting from an in-person events company to an online community has proven significantly harder than we’d originally hoped, and the losses we accumulated in 2020 have proven too significant for us to overcome. And so now we’d rather stop here, celebrate the journey, and say a proper goodbye.

What now?

We’ll keep Jam Club open for the next six months. We won’t be moderating it or running any workshops, but you'll be able to access all workshop recordings, discussions, and member profiles. We hope you’ll be able to use it to reconnect with friends made at past events.

To claim your free invite just drop us a note at hello@makingjam.io.

You can also find all past talk videos on our YouTube channel.

Thank you

A huge thank you to our amazing team of staff and volunteers; Marta, Sunil, Jessie, Maria, Francesca, Stephen, Joan, Monica, Ecem, Steve, David, Michael, Mahtab, Eva, Gizem, Antoine, Jeff and all those that helped run our events every year. We’re deeply grateful for the friendship, shared memories, and support you’ve shown us over the years. We couldn’t have achieved everything we did without you.

Thank you to Doug and Chris at Intelligent People. You supported us from day one, and have always been a pleasure to work with.

Thank you to all our speakers and workshop instructors for all the brilliant content you’ve delivered over the years.

And thank you, for the good times we created together.

Seb & Mathilde

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Are you passionate about sharing what you know with other product leaders? Jam Club is the perfect opportunity to do just that! Connect with an engaged community, and help them on their own journey.

What are Jam Club workshops?

Our workshops are interactive online sessions that are delivered via Zoom, include interactive/hands-on exercises and usually last up to 2 hours.

You can find examples of past sessions here.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for a knowledgable product leaders (preferably with some public speaking experience) to share their knowledge.

You're a good match if you have, for example:

  • delivered a few conference talks and are excited about turning knowledge into hands-on sessions, or;
  • ran in-person training sessions within your organisation and want to turn your content into online training sessions, or;
  • are a more experienced instructor who wants to reach an audience of experienced product leaders.

If you're accepted, you'll get access to resources to help you structure your interactive online session.

We're also looking for instructors with a broad range of identities, perspectives and experiences. If you're part of a traditionally under-represented group, let us know in the application form.

How to apply

We review applications on a rolling basis. Before you apply:

  • make sure you know what themes we're covering in the Jam Club → read the homepage carefully.
  • make sure your proposal matches the format outlined above.

Why teach

  • Share your superpower: the great skills you mastered at work doesn't have to stay confined to your team. It can help other product leaders improve their own careers.
  • Raise your profile: teaching the most talented product people is a great way to open up opportunities.
  • Meet amazing people: you'll get to connect with fellow product leaders and meet passionate product people from across the industries. Plus, every instructor automatically becomes a member of the Jam Club and can attend all other workshops!

FAQ

Do I have to have past teaching experience?

It will be helpful, but is not essential. You are, first and foremost, an experienced product leader, comfortable with public speaking. If you're accepted we will provide essential resources to help you turn your knowledge into an interactive online session.

If you have an example recording, slides, or testimonials form your past engagements — even if it was just one — you can include them in the application form. They will serve as a good demonstration of your skills.

How polished should my workshop be to apply?

You need to have defined the key message and the outcome for the audience: what are the skills you will be teaching or helping them polish? Including a link to the slides you plan to use or your workshop outline is a bonus, and will help us consider your submission faster.

What happens once I've applied?

1. Your submission will safely land in our Airtable. From there, our team will review it check if it's a fit for the Jam Club — bear with us, we're a small team! We do this by evaluating:

  • your topic proposal and how well it fits within our themes
  • the overall balance of our schedule in terms of instructors and topics

2. If there's a fit, we'll reach out to discuss your proposal—we might suggest additional angles based on your experience, propose changes, and discuss ideas to ensure active participation. This is an informal call.

3. We'll let you know the status of your submission within a few weeks. This varies depending on the number of proposals that are under review.

I haven't heard back. Does it mean I haven't been selected?

We select instructors on a rolling basis. If you haven't heard back at all, it means your submission wasn't a fit. But bear with us, we'll get in touch for future opportunities as they arise.

In the meantime, don't hesitate to let us know of any new topic you're working on.

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