Product Manager Interview: Pre-Interview Research

As a product manager, you will be expected to know quite a few different areas of knowledge. Not only are you required to become a domain expert in the product that you’ll own, but you’ll also need to understand the industry within which you work.

While most companies have some sort of on-boarding process for new hires, in my experience, I’ve found that interviewers appreciate when candidates are already knowledgeable about the role, the company, and the industry.

Candidates who conduct research before the interview are likely to be more successful, because they remove the burden from the interviewer in needing to explain their company and industry. The interviewer can then spend more time in better understanding the candidate’s fit for the role. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Romy Macasieb

Romy Macasieb

About:

Romy Macasieb is the VP of Product Management at Walker & Company Brands reporting directly to Tristan Walker, Founder & CEO. He manages the FORM & Bevel brands while also leading the digital product & creative teams for the organization.

Prior to Walker & Company, Romy was the Head of Product and sole PM for a startup called ThisLife which was eventually acquired by Shutterfly with the plans of building Shutterfly 3.0 (a feat, in that Shutterfly was a billion dollar company). As part of the acquisition, Romy joined Shutterfly where he completely revamped the ThisLife application lineup, while also launching Shutterfly’s first Android and Amazon apps. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Zack Onisko

Zack Onisko

About:

Zack Onisko is the CEO of Dribbble which is one of the leading communities for designers with millions of visitors per month with zero marketing.

Zack has over 15 years of experience as a data-driven, analytical thinking product growth and marketing strategist with a strong product management and interface design background.

He was previously the VP of Growth at Hired.com. He was the former Chief Growth Officer at Creative Market where he helped grow revenue from $25k / month to over $1.3mm / month before it was acquired by Autodesk where he became the Head of Growth and Marketing for Autodesk Marketplaces.

Before that he was a founding team member and Head of Growth at BranchOut, which acquired 25mm+ users in 90 days. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

About:

Jeff is the Director of Product Management (Revenue) at Tinder, where he leads revenue products including Tinder Gold, Tinder Plus, a la carte purchases, and advertising. In September, Tinder became the top grossing iOS app in the world.

He is also the founder of Chapter One Ventures, an early stage seed fund that focuses on subscription products and mobile apps.

Prior to Tinder & Chapter One Ventures, Jeff led Growth and User Acquisition at Zaarly, a local services marketplace backed by Kleiner Perkins.

Jeff was a finalist for Product Hunt’s “Maker of the Year” in 2015.

He holds a BA in English from UCLA, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Kenneth Berger

Kenneth Berger

About:

Kenneth Berger has spent 10+ years leading tech products through the full product lifecycle. He was the first product manager at Slack, responsible for the core product through its growth from 100k to 1M+ daily users.

He co-founded YesGraph (backed by Accel Partners, Founder Collective, NextView Ventures, and others) and built it from a nascent idea to a launched product in active usage by companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, and others. At Adobe, he helped build some of its first SaaS products, managed the $100M+ Dreamweaver business, and drove critical acquisitions including Typekit, Omniture, and Behance. He also work with the portfolios of several venture capital firms and accelerators (First Round Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Acceleprise) as a product management advisor/mentor. Continue Reading

Product Q&A with Howie Liu

Howie Liu

About: Howie Liu is the co-founder and CEO of collaboration platform Airtable, which is used by over 30,000 organizations including Airbnb, Buzzfeed, Condé Nast, Pinterest, Tesla, and others. Airtable has raised $10M from investors including CRV, Caffeinated Capital, Freestyle Capital, Founder Collective, Data Collective, CrunchFund, Box Group, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Mahaffey (CTO of Lookout), Joshua Reeves (CEO of Gusto), Ilya Sukhar (CEO of Parse), and Eric Wu (CEO of Opendoor).

At age 20, Howie co-founded the YC and SV Angel-backed CRM company Etacts, which was acquired by Salesforce within a year. There, he lead the social CRM product, including partnerships with LinkedIn and Twitter. Continue Reading