What Product VP’s at High Growth Startups Have in Common

(This post originally appeared on the Mattermark Blog)   “I think that the number one hiring criterion for a vice president of product management should be someone who’s done it before—who has executive-level product leadership experience—but I’m often outvoted.” — Rich Mironov, author of The Art of Product Management and co-founder of Product Camp. Reading those words […]

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Data-Driven Product

MAGGIE JAN @ Industry 2015 Data Scientist, Keen.io | San Francisco, CA Most of us know how important data analytics is to building good products. However, services like Google Analytics often amount to data porn illustrating highlights and lowlights of user activities without telling a real story. Maggie Jan, a data scientist at Keen.io who spoke at […]

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What Customers Can and Can’t do For Product Managers

The customer is always right. Ah, the age-old saying that many customer service-driven organizations try to live by.  There certainly are a lot of companies that take this saying seriously.  Some live by it, such as Nordstrom who famously allowed a customer to return a tire back to them even though they don’t actually sell […]

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The case for the entrepreneurial product manager

It’s clear from speaking to many of the product managers who came to Industry last year, that a strong entrepreneurial spirit is shared amongst them. This fact to most won’t be surprising. The role is often sold as being the CEO of a product line in a company. But beyond this superficial perspective, is it […]

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A Product Manager’s New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions can be a bit cliche.  It’s at the beginning of each year when everybody seemingly decides to get back into shape, learn a new language, or quit smoking.  Despite the sometimes shallow aspirations that people take on and often set to the side just weeks later, the New Year does bring along potential […]

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No more camels [or knowing when you need a product person]

“A camel is a horse formed by committee.” – unknown The need for a product person is often an invisible one. Instead, your company is likely experiencing a range of challenges when shipping a product that are difficult to tackle at once. So let’s look at some of the big symptoms that demonstrate that your […]

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