Vinaya Sathyanarayana

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What accomplishment in your product management career has brought you the highest level of satisfaction and joy? Can you narrate why?

Building multiple  0-to-1 B2B and B2C products and making them commercially successful.

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What aspect of product management did you struggle the most with? How did you overcome it?

Going from an  introvert-nature to an extrovert-nature. Happened naturally with increasing  experience as a PM since the role involves working with all internal and  external stakeholders

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What's one common myth about product management that you find common among aspiring PMs?

That you need an MBA  to become a PM!

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What are some common pitfalls that product managers must be aware of?

Perfection is the  enemy of the good. You need to draw the line somewhere else you will never  release a product into the market. It's OK to iterate and improve - no  product starts perfect. All business functions have to be carried on the PM's  shoulders.

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If not product management, what career would you have picked? Are there any complimentary skillsets that you see between being a PM and your alternate choice?

Product Marketing is  a close alternate; UX/Design is the next.

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What is something about product management that you wish you knew when you started out?

Basics of design.

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What accomplishment in your product management career has brought you the highest level of satisfaction and joy? Can you narrate why?

Building multiple  0-to-1 B2B and B2C products and making them commercially successful.

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What aspect of product management did you struggle the most with? How did you overcome it?

Going from an  introvert-nature to an extrovert-nature. Happened naturally with increasing  experience as a PM since the role involves working with all internal and  external stakeholders

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What's one common myth about product management that you find common among aspiring PMs?

That you need an MBA  to become a PM!

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What are some common pitfalls that product managers must be aware of?

Perfection is the  enemy of the good. You need to draw the line somewhere else you will never  release a product into the market. It's OK to iterate and improve - no  product starts perfect. All business functions have to be carried on the PM's  shoulders.

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If not product management, what career would you have picked? Are there any complimentary skillsets that you see between being a PM and your alternate choice?

Product Marketing is  a close alternate; UX/Design is the next.

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What is something about product management that you wish you knew when you started out?

Basics of design.

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