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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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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Product Managers: What Do You Want in a Podcast?

Just about one year ago, my partner Paul and I made the decision that we were going to create a special environment for product people — particularly those between the coasts — where they can connect, collaborate, and ultimately be inspired.  Just several months later, we made good on that by producing the first iteration […]

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4 More Things Every New Product Manager Should do in the First 30 Days

When it comes to understanding what it takes for a Product Manager to be successful, Ken Norton knows what he’s talking about.  At Yahoo, he was a senior Product Management Director overseeing all sorts of vital products.  Later, Ken made the trip to Google by way of an acquisition, and ultimately ended up serving as product […]

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