Brian Norgard

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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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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)


Early life grit manifest into leadership later.

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