There. I said it. Confident, huh?
Probably a wee bit ambitious.
Ever since I was a little kid, I watched movies with my family (Hollywood & Bollywood) in the basement of my home.
Every. Single. Night.
Fast forwarding through Bollywood song breakouts and R-rated scenes, it was just a thing we did. I love film. It’s how I learn things, what I turn to for the feels in a time…
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Hi, I’m Rahul!
There’s likely one of a few reasons you came across this post. You may have stumbled upon my story a few years back on making a move to SF. You may have seen me as a pesky little ad, abruptly interrupting your Ellen DeGeneres YouTube clip. Or you may just be one of my amazing friends who probably (hopefully proudly) label me as another one of those idea guys, habitually playing in the gray area. …
It’s just an analogy I’m using for new Product Managers on the job search — one I’ll dive deeper into as you read on.
But before doing so, let’s quickly debrief on PM roles in tech.
In my opinion, one of the most subjective roles to hire for.
Okay — done.
As some of you may have read in my previous post, I recently broke into tech as a Product Manager — after riding the consulting train coming out of college.
And, boy was that one…
Three months ago, I moved to San Francisco — one of the most expensive cities on Earth — with no job, no housing, and barely any money.
Plenty of people thought it was crazy. They’d thought I was crazy to leave behind a prosperous career in consulting five months ago, and they really thought I was crazy now.
But here I am. Today I have a dream role at a startup as a Product Manager building out a mobile application with people I love. So how did I get here? And, more importantly, why do you care?
This isn’t a…
It’s a seemingly obvious prerogative, but one that always slips through the cracks and seems to only become apparent when it’s too late — designing and building your product for your users and customers, not yourself.
Too many times, product managers, entrepreneurs, and inventors get caught up in the capability and functionality of a product, they forget the bottom line. If our users cannot use the product we create with ease and intuition, they won’t use it at all.
I’ll illustrate what I mean using a clip from a favorite show of mine, Silicon Valley. While it may be humorous…
Steve Jobs said it. I wholeheartedly believe it. While I may not have agreed with everything Jobs has done or said, the man certainly had a touch of genius to his madness.
Stay Hungry — Constantly feed the want to grow, learn, and evolve. When it comes to these three things, being greedy is not a bad thing. In fact, suppressing these qualities can be detrimental to your being. Be as ambitious as you possibly can.
Stay Foolish — Fool yourself into thinking the impossible can be done. The fastest way to stop innovating is to think something has no…
This article was originally posted through LinkedIn — can be read here.
It paves a path to a new door. There’s no harm in saying hi to someone you just met. In fact, the worst thing that could happen… they don’t say hi back. The best? You open a door for a new relationship, potentially providing a mountain of opportunities. We’ve all walked by someone in the hallway and not said hi. Why? We fear awkward human interaction. They won’t say hi back. They wont remember us. Who cares? Stop it.