Do something great

As failed engineer turned entrepreneur, I understand the importance of high-quality #realtalk feedback. Something that I didnโ€™t get when I probably needed it the most. Starting a product company in Bangalore, mecca for BPOs and Service tech, meant it was extremely hard to find good product mentors 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 wanted several more perspectives to thinking deeply about the combination of design, tech & business.

I want to pay forward all the great advice, feedback and mentorship that I have received from folks over the years. So, I plan to set aside time (every year) for mentoring folks in product thinking and strategy.

Over the years, I did have the occasional phone call about PMing, startup ideas and pitches. But, I felt like I didnโ€™t have much to contribute. After a decade operating in this space (first as an engineer and second as a PM) Iโ€™m over the imposter syndrome, and would love to genuinely help out folks looking for a sounding board.

Who am I? ๐Ÿง

Engineer -> Entrepreneur -> Product Manager.

Iโ€™ve been in a product role since 2011. I spent 6.5 years at Google working on Search, Android and Gmail. You can read more about my experience and background here.

Who is this for? ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ณโ€

  • Engineers / PMs looking to startup
  • Entrepreneurs looking for early feedback on their ideas
  • Startups looking for expertise or capital


Whatโ€™s in it for me ๐Ÿ˜‡

  • A chance to give back to the community, what I have received in plenty over the years
  • A way for me to sharpen my skills and learn more about effective leadership and mentoring.
  • Connect with the community of product managers, hackers, entrepreneurs and change makers of tomorrow.

How does it work? ๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿ“„โœ‰๏ธ

  • DM me on Twitter or send me an email (itsmeritesh at gma..).
  • Important: communicate clearly what you expect from me in our time together.
  • Include any decks, demos, apps, that I should see. Iโ€™ll schedule a 45 minute video session with me soon.
  • I might bring friends along if I think they have a perspective you should hear.


Have others found it useful?

You can see feedback scores from previous participants and more metrics about this here in my retrospective.


FAQs

  • Will I meet everyone who signs up? If I feel like I have nothing meaningful to contribute, Iโ€™ll let you know early and not waste both our time.
  • Will I sign an NDA to see your pitch deck? Iโ€™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, growth, starting up, raising capital and more.

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