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