Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard quotes on career advice

Entrepreneur & investor. Ex-CPO, Tinder. Architect of the top grossing app. Investor @SpaceX @Lyft @AngelList @NotionHQ @Airtable & many more...

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The best ROI early in your career is to work closely with someone in the .01% of their field. It will show you what good habits, clear thinking & perseverance looks like. Thereafter, you can tweak their “models” to fit your world view. This is the fastest path to greatness.

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You first 10 years of work are a journey to find the the people you want to work with for the next 50.

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Top product people practice reductionism. They take radically complex concepts and distill them down to the bare minimum. Their skill is directed by years of trial and error; pain and failure. The sooner you practice reductionism, the better you’ll be at product.

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One of the hardest things for a young designer or product manager to do is show off unfinished work Learn how to do this, it will quickly become an invaluable part of your growth process

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For product people of all kinds (e.g. designers, PMs, devs) it’s far better to get lots of repetitions early in your career rather than focusing on big releases. Ship for yourself, for your Mom, for your friends, for your community — and ship often. It’s the only way to improve.

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Advice for junior PMs: -know the competition better than your manager -shadow often top talent internally -attend external industry events -obsessively seek qualitative feedback -grind on nights & weekends -listen, listen -debunk junk ideas with data -be eternally persistent

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How to get good at product: -understand behavior & incentives -study good design & UX -grok constraints -use good products -remove ego

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