So yeah, there have been 4 whole podcast
episodes since the last newsletter. Time to start catching up on any you missed! Here’s the list, and one key takeaway from each:
Product managers do essential work that developers won’t do if left to their own devices, but it’s important that they’re part of the development team, that they’re not a silo, they aren’t the boss or decision maker for the team & they aren’t a replacement for the customer.
Optimism trumps cynicism every time. Just because work can be hard doesn’t mean you should have a negative mindset. It’s important to be realistic & critical but mix this with a sense of optimism, “how might we” attitude and empower yourself as a product manager or leader.
Fundraising for IoT was hard, even more so because she’s a woman. Many investors have been burned by hardware projects and people want to knock you down. Also, not everyone is Adam Neumann - underrepresented founders can barely raise off the back of successes, let alone failures.
Women are still getting paid less than men but it’s getting better slowly. To help this, Chris recommends withholding your current package in the interview - concentrate on what you WANT not what you HAD (to stop hirers pulling a fast one if they think they can get you cheap).