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Everybody wants to be a product manager these days. An increasing number of students aspire for a Product Management role straight after their under-graduation or an MBA. It is also common to find people, fresh in the tech world, wanting to shift to this role almost immediately. This is telling because it speaks to the myth that has been constructed around Product Management. Having spoken to quite a few people about this, I get the nagging feeling that the desire to be a PM is driven by the wrong reasons, likely influenced by some myths around the role. This includes, but is not limited to, fantastical ideas about how the Product Manager is a mini-CEO, that they take all the decisions and come up with all the solutions, that the role magically bestows one with immense power, that it sets one up to swiftly climb the “startup ladder” and more. The problem is not that these myths are untrue (they ARE untrue by the way), but that they obscure the reality of the day-to-day life of a Product Manager. …


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People think of volunteering as “selfless service done with the sole intention of giving without expecting anything in return”.
Yes, I am with you on the eye roll :) I normally tend to be sceptical of such lofty pronouncements, but there was something very different about SaaSBooMi. Working with the people who carried out the grunt work that goes into putting together an event like this left me a little less sceptical, and dare I say, a little transformed. Here is how.

I belong to the Chennai SaaS ecosystem where many companies like Zoho, Freshworks, Chargebee and Kissflow are leaving a global footprint. In one of Krish’s interviews, someone asked him about his early days before becoming an entrepreneur. Krish said that he volunteered at every possible tech conference. That was his way of learning and contributing. …


Blame it on Hollywood, but most people effortlessly appreciate and relate to the idea of a coach in the sporting arena. It seems obvious. However, the idea of a coach in the field of skilled knowledge work is not talked about in sufficient depth, to the point where we grossly underestimate the importance of this. The truth is that when you are caught up in the motions of “do-ing”, as we all are on a day-to-day basis, it takes someone who is not “you” to help you frame your goals in the context of the bigger picture, to help you strategise accordingly, and to deliberately push you to your areas of discomfort — the zone where true growth happens. …


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This post is not about what your organisation can do for you. Instead, it talks about what you can do to make your career more satisfying (your career will likely span several organisations). I’ve written this based on my experience in the tech industry over approximately 10 years.

1. Seek out mentors

Seek out mentors in your field. Do not underestimate this, especially in the early stages of your career. Do you have someone who can guide you, and give you the bigger picture? Someone who genuinely has your best interests at heart. Someone who will not use your weaknesses against you. If you don’t, seek them out. A good mentor will be eager to see you succeed. You never feel “used” by a good mentor. …

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