I think, by now, we all know that product management is hard. And while we spend a lot of time focusing on the things that we’re building and obsessing over our users, it becomes easy to neglect ourselves. That’s one of the reasons I’ve chosen our chat with Thor Mitchell (ex-Google and ex-CPO at Crowdcube) as one of my favourite episodes of the year. I’m a big believer in taking time to consider personal development – one of the main reasons I started ProductTank in Bristol in 2016.
It’s also one of my favourite podcast episodes because I LOVE practical advice. And Thor also gave us a great talk, full of practical advice, when he visited ProductTank Bristol, which covered how to move up the product career ladder and the difference in product roles in a big corporation vs a startup.
Hopefully you’ll find this episode just as insightful and useful as I do as you ponder where you’ve come from and where you want to go.
The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.
Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She has worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank in Bristol, the Product Managers’ meetup with regular events and talks on Product now with 800+ members and growing. Now the Product Director at Symec, Lily also runs ProductCamp in Bristol & Bath.
A recovering music journalist and editor, Randy has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. After launching Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, Randy has worked with museums and arts groups, online education, media & entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Now a trainer, Discovery and Leadership consultant, he’s spoken at Mind the Product Engage (Hamburg and Manchester), at a number of ProductTanks (London, Zurich, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, and Brighton… so far!) and at conferences across the US and Europe.