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The awkward role of product management in online advertising network companies

April 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I don’t envy any product management professional who work for any of the online advertising networks. There are tremendous amount of hype in the online advertising network industry. But, I’m going to make a controversial statement today: most ad networks are ad agency in disguise. They’re essentially ad agency for the digital world. Two groups […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Product Management Publishes How To Become A Product Manager

November 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m pleased to announce that I just finished writing How to Become a Product Manager premium report. Why did I write this report? Because over the years I have met many people who were struggling to make a career transition to product management. It shouldn’t be that hard. This report tells you the good, bad, […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Product Management

Is product management being marginalized in your organization?

September 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

In the past few weeks, I keep hearing the same complaint from hard-working and stressed-out product managers: product management is being marginalized in their companies. Case #1: The company is run by sales people. It’s extremely deal driven. The company is doing well. Closing deals. Sales people are becoming more powerful as a result of […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Product Management

Is product management a good career entry point for new college graduate?

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

A few years ago I hired a summer intern. He just finished his junior year at an Ivy-league school, majored in computer science. He was a very bright and balanced person. Not only he was a proficient programmer, he also had excellent interpersonal skills. I was very happy with his performance and recommended my employer […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Learning and Growing · Prod. Mgr Transition · Product Management

Know enough technically to be dangerous

April 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I studied computer science for four years in college. I worked as software developer for several years. But, nowadays, when someone asks me if I’m technical. My answer is "no" — I have been working in product management for eight years. I work with developers everyday. I still play with various technologies at my spare […]

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Tags: Management · Product Management · Start-up Success