As I’ve mentioned before, one of the best PM interview preparation strategies is to create a “Big Ideas” list of tech trends. When asked questions like “What is the future of the microwave?” or “How would you redesign the airport experience?” these tech trends can help frame your answer, and demonstrate your forward-thinking skills. Below are… Continue reading Mention these five tech trends in your PM interview
Facebook’s “Download My Archive” feature is incomplete and unusable. We have a right to our data. Facebook has a lot of our data. The time you and your friend got into that huge political debate. The hilarious conversations from your high school chat groups. The moment you realized you were in love with your future husband. As users… Continue reading Dear Facebook, “Download My Archive” is Broken and That’s Not Okay
Moving to a new city is hard. New location, new home, new job, new friends, new coffee shops, new mailman, new weather, new supermarkets, new everything. Especially as adults, it’s challenging to fully immerse yourself in new locations. It’s been hard for me too. But, as I travel around the US, I’m getting better at it.… Continue reading Moving to a New City? An Immersion Checklist
The power of peer-to-peer emotional support communities Before I tell my story, I want to clarify that I’m not trained as a clinical psychologist or therapist. My only exposure with mental health counseling has been serving as a suicide hotline counselor for two years at San Francisco Suicide Prevention. Beyond that, I yearn to provide… Continue reading I Listened to Emotionally Vulnerable Strangers on Reddit
As a PM interview coach and former PM at Google, I’ve seen a lot of great product management applicants fail their interviews because of some simple, but key, missteps. Here are the top four.... This post is no longer available on my personal blog. Please sign up for the PMLesson course for full access.
This post is part of a larger attempt to share my personal “systems” that help me organize my life. By sharing my system, I hope to get feedback and inspire others to share as well. Stop Losing Your Ideas We’ve all been there. You’re driving along the freeway in morning rush hour traffic, staring at the… Continue reading How I Live: Track Ideas with a “Dump Doc”
Product Management interviews are not easy. Each PM interview quizzes you not only on your product “spidey senses” and general business intuition, but often includes questions testing design, PR, marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, and engineering skills. What is the future of x? “X” can be an industry like wearables or libraries. “X” could be a location, like… Continue reading Ace your PM Interview: What is the future of X?
What happens when you take a photo of a photo over and over again, recursively? A 2012 Northwestern study investigating memory concluded that memory is like the telephone game. When you remember something, you’re actually not recalling the original event. Instead, you’re remembering what you remembered from your last recall of this memory. What does this mean for… Continue reading The Chaos of Memories: Photographic Recursion
Volunteering at the Telluride Mushroom Festival and the beauty of “nature-hunting” Mushroom beer. Un-bolete-ably bad mushroom puns. Hundreds of people in mushroom costumes prancing down the street in a mushroom-themed parade. Drug policy discussions. Open “myc” night. Mushroom foraging expeditions. Mushroom cook-offs. Mushroom farming lectures. Who knew there was so mush-room to love mushrooms? Volunteering at Telluride… Continue reading Why “Nature-Hunting” Should Be Your Next Hobby 🍄🌟🎣
A fantastical idea, inspired by internet legends, comes crashing down Want to make some money? Have you heard the news? The easiest and quickest way to become a full-fledged “entrepreneur.” Start a T-shirt company! A few weeks ago, I stumbled across some articles: How I Built An Online T-Shirt Business In 24 Hours With $24… Continue reading I started my own T-shirt company in 24 hours and made $0