Last week I rebooted this newsletter with a twinge of anxiety. What would the response be like? Would everyone unsubscribe (and would they even remember subscribing to begin with)? My worries were misplaced: you greeted me with enthusiasm and kindness. I’m still making my way through the hundreds of emails readers sent with well wishes and suggestions for future topics. Even better, my subscriber base actually grew by a modest +2% (gaining more new subscribers than were lost to bounces alone is pretty impressive after three years!).
So thank you, I’m feeling inspired and I’m looking forward to staying in touch. As always, I welcome feedback and suggestions for topics.
My main reason for following up last week’s newsletter with a quick short edition is because there were a lot of PM job submissions and I want to get them out before next month. As always, job submissions are free and you can find more details at the end of this email.
I give a talk called “10x Not 10%” about orders of magnitude shifts in technology (here’s the essay version and here’s the video). The historical example I used was Kodak, a company that was known as the Google of its day. Kodak revolutionized and democratized photography multiple times before they eventually lost their way in the digital age. Perhaps their greatest achievement was the “Brownie” camera, one of the most successful consumer products of all time. Om Malik penned an ode to the Brownie and its modern successor in Why iPhone is today’s Kodak Brownie Camera.
I worked with Nikhyl Singhal at Google where he’d joined after the acquisition of his company SayNow. (Fun piece of trivia: the SayNow team broke the record for fastest time from acquisition to Google product launch: less than a week). Nikhyl went on to become CPO at Credit Karma and is now a VP of Product at Facebook. He recently started an email newsletter with career advice for tech professionals that I highly recommend. As a sampler, check out three crucial skills that leaders must develop to become executives and when do you know it’s time to leave your job.