As a failed engineer turned entrepreneur, I realize the importance of early feedback and mentorship. Starting a product company in Bangalore, which is filled with many successful entrepreneurs driving service businesses, meant it was hard to find a good product mentor who understood web scale solutions, product market fit and strategy. I did manage to find a handful of folks who helped me through every pivot in my startup and career, but I wish I had sought their help earlier.
I want to pay forward all the great advice, feedback and mentorship that I have received from folks over the years. So, I have decided to set aside time for mentoring folks in product thinking and strategy.
I believe a mistake on my part was not mentoring folks earlier about product thinking. I did have the occasional phone call about PMing, startup ideas and pitches. But, I felt like I didn’t have much to contribute. Now, I’ve gotten over that fear and would love to genuinely help out folks looking for advice.
I’ve been in a product role since 2011, and as a PM @ Google since 2015. In my time in Google, I have worked across multiple products and PM roles. If a product can go from 1 to 10 in terms of maturity:
I’m explicitly calling for people who come from marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
Follow instructions while scheduling. Prepare and share your questions, pitch / strategy decks with me at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
Communicate clearly what you expect from me in our time together.
Will I meet everyone who signs up? If I feel like I have nothing meaningful to contribute, I’ll let you know early and not waste both our time.
Will I sign an NDA to see your pitch deck? I’m happy to if you feel strongly about it.
What timezone am I based in? Pacific Standard/Daylight Time (California, USA)
What can I expect from these sessions? I will mostly help answer your questions and point you to the right resources.
what can I discuss during these sessions? Anything. You can talk about your product, ideas, startup, path to starting up, career goals, PM advice, etc.