What I Learned In My First Year as a Product Designer

Takeaways from the last 12 months

Alvin Hsia
Aug 14, 2014 · 6 min read

What I Learned In My First Year as a Product Designer

For the past year, I’ve had an incredible experience contributing to the design team at Edmodo, a K-12 education startup backed by Greylock Partners, Benchmark Capital, and Union Square Ventures. While I wasn’t new to building stuff, having hacked projects together with friends in college, the last twelve months have afforded me the opportunity to ship world-class software alongside seasoned veterans. Now that I have a couple of product cycles under my belt, I’ve learned a lot about what to do (and what not to) when working on a multidisciplinary product development team. For those who have just graduated and are about to enter Startupland, here are some key takeaways:

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