An AI Product Manager’s true competitive advantage comes not from expertise in the algorithms themselves but in his/her ability to shorten the time-to-market of products and services that apply those algorithms. Nevertheless, one needs to have a good handle on all the latest research trends and algorithmic advances.
I’ll follow up soon with a post about specific skills and job roles that Grab is hiring for. Google has an interesting problem of too much talent. It’s hard to do anything there because for any idea you propose, three or four teams will run in shouting that they own that, you can’t touch it, and oh by the way, they’re not working on it for a few years. Microsoft calls this “cookie-licking”, and it’s obviously not good, but it’s very common there. I’ve heard from folks at other big names in the area that a lot of companies have this problem. And it’s ironic, because there’s an infinite amount of work to be done, and yet somehow it’s entirely covered by their existing staff, with no room for anyone to do something new. It’s pretty crazy.