It’s been a long year, to say the least. But the holidays are close and everyone’s favorite shopping holiday, Black Friday, is even closer!
Earlier this year, I shared a list of 25 Perfect Gifts for the Product Manager in Your Life and based on that post’s popularity and a few requests, I wanted to share some of the best Black Friday deals I’m seeing for Product Managers!
As I’m writing this, it’s almost the end of 2020. There were certainly a lot of ups and downs this year to stay the least. A LOT of things changed around the world.
Many businesses failed, but some startups thrived.
I’m excited to write about many of the incredibly impressive startups in Africa that you need to watch in 2021. These startups not only survived the pandemic but thrived in it, managing to grow incredibly quickly by meeting and exceeding customer needs.
Other Startups to Watch in 2021:
It’s a difficult (and crowded) job market out there…
Most weeks during the pandemic, I’ve spent between 5 and 10 hours coaching and mentoring aspiring Product Managers and Product Managers seeking their next challenge.
P.S. If you’re looking for coaching/mentorship, you can find more on offerings from The Modern Product Manager here: Coaching and Mentoring with The Modern Product Manager
Almost everyone I meet with has a compelling background, unique stories, and can almost certainly add tremendous value at the right company.
However, almost everyone is also struggling with simply standing out.
How can you possibly hope to stand out from the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of other people applying for that coveted Product Manager role? …
Product Managers develop hypotheses on an almost daily basis. It’s a critical part of the job.
They develop hypotheses about new features, changes to UX, even the specific copy that best conveys to a customer what the customer should do next.
Many times, however, especially at smaller companies or startups, these changes are simply “rolled out” or deployed to 100% of visitors/users/customers without a second thought.
However, this can result in several significant problems:
Because many changes often happen at the same time, including changes outside of your product features and functionality (seasonality, user mix, etc.), you cannot determine the impact of one specific change without these other variables confounding your analysis. …
Over the past decade, the Product Management career has grown incredibly quickly and has become very, very popular.
In 2018 alone, job openings for Product Managers grew 30% (LinkedIn) and both Product Management and Product Development were among the most in-demand skills on LinkedIn.
But, it’s also becoming harder than ever for aspiring Product Managers to break in! Many Associate or Junior Product Manager roles either explicitly or implicitly require some Product experience.
“Wait…I need Product experience for a Junior Product role where I’m supposed to learn more about Product and build my Product skills!?”
Sounds a bit like a catch-22! …
Let’s start our own rolling fund!
Let’s invest our life savings in a rolling fund!
Let’s change the world!
A “Rolling Fund” is a new type of investment vehicle that allows its managers to invest at their discretion in opportunities on behalf of investors (often referred to as “limited partners”).
Investors typically contribute to the fund on a quarterly subscription basis.
Rolling Funds are publicly marketable and remain continuously open to new investors. (Hence the term, “rolling.”) → Source
AngelList’s introduction of a Rolling Funds product in February 2020 brought this concept to the Venture Investing mainstream. …
It’s Demo Day (again)!
But first, here are my past YC posts if you want to check how my older picks have done. If you want to skip to the bottom, you can also see my own evaluation of my past picks for W20, S19, W19, S18, W18, and S17.
YC’s Summer 2020 class was ENORMOUS (again)!
198 startups, representing 26 different countries, “pitched” virtually on 8/24 and 8/25/20. Notably, this was the first fully remote YC batch, and likely not the last, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quick Diversity Stats on S20:
It’s been decades since Ben Horowitz (of a16z fame) penned the instant classic: Good PM / Bad PM.
Although there are certainly parts of the blog post that are out-of-date today, much of the spirit of the post holds up. In fact, I often still recommend it when I put together lists of top blog posts for new Product Managers.
However, there is one thing that always bothered me with Horowitz’s post: Good should not be the target. Your aspiration as a Product Manager should not be “Good”. “Good” Product Managers and “Good” Companies don’t change the world.
Aim for Great. …
Earlier this year, I launched a newsletter for The Modern Product Manager.
Over the past 16 editions, we’ve seen more than a 5x growth in subscribers and have covered topics ranging from Interviewing During a Pandemic to Activating Your Creativity to Creating Optionality.
Sound interesting? Sign up here and never stop leveling up:
As part of creating my newsletter, I subscribed to a LOT of newsletters on technology, startups, and Product Management. …
It’s impossible to dispute how successful the Avengers series of movies has been. The 4 Avengers movies top the list of the most successful superhero films of all time.
Each has made over $1B in worldwide gross box office receipts. Both Infinity War and Endgame broke the $2B barrier with Endgame almost reaching $3B!
The Avengers is such a successful franchise not only because of the non-stop action the movies are known for, but also for the complex and interweaving character personalities, strengths, and weaknesses that make the team of superheroes better than any individual character.
In order for a tech company, and more specifically, a product and engineering organization at a tech company to succeed, you need to have the right mix of Product Manager personas and personas. …