Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard quotes on leadership

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

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Being good at product is being good at people

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The greatest management tool in history is a focused, leisurely walk and conversation.

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Most PMs believe giving customers more features and richer customization options will improve overall user experience In most cases, this fails Give people a robust core—the minimum applicable tools necessary to hold that line and watch them shower you with attention

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The most important lesson learned working with artists is creativity is not on-demand, linear, or to be planned for in a roadmap. Listen & learn what conditions captured the brilliance. Trust the creative. Give them space. Create process for feedback. It’s art not business.

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The best PMs are often horrific product people. The best product people are often horrific PMs.

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The most fundamental realization I’ve had working with world class design talent is creativity is not on-demand nor predictable. You can’t expect beautiful work in any sort of linear pattern. Get comfortable with the ambiguous nature of it all. Guide but don’t force.

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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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A key to running a successful organization is minimizing large meetings & maximizing small ones High frequency micro conversations create trust, continuity & ownership Large meetings optimize for consensus & hierarchical game play (at worse they muffle soft voices)

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Early life grit manifest into leadership later.

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