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Founder, Managing Partner, Eigenworks Inc.
Years in Product Management: 15.
Years developing software products: 19
First few paying jobs: Cutting lawns at age 7 (!) , with a continuous employment record that included paper delivery, landscaping, painting (disastrous), and bussing tables.
Worst job: Painting. I hate painting and to find that out I made a total mess of my first client’s house exterior. I was about 16.
Ideal Job: Stand-up comedian and itinerant speaker.
Favourite Book: Huckleberry Finn
Well designed products I use regularly: Bose headphones Shure e530 and iMac MacBook Pro.
Advice for other Product Managers: Consider a few years in sales. There’s more money in it, and less hassle.
Years in Product Management: 8.
Years doing other things before being a Product Manager: 5
First paying job: Delivering newspapers
Worst job: Overnight inventory flunkie.
Square Root of the Age of my House: 10
Favourite Book: I hate having favourites. Really. There were 206,000 books published in the UK in 2005. I wouldn’t even be able to chose a ranking basis for the millions of books out there, much less rank them. But I know one thing about favourites.
Advice for other Product Managers: Product Management is not a job about what you want. It’s about what other people want. Figuring out what other people want is 90% of the job.
Years in Product Management: 12. Seems much longer.
Years doing other things before being a Product Manager: at least 10. Does childhood count?
First paying job: Delivering the Toronto Telegram when I was 7
Worst job: Working in a photocopy shop. Too many paper cuts.
Ideal Job: Travel writer and photographer. A blend of 3 things I really enjoy.
A well designed product I use regularly: Dyson vacuum cleaner. Seriously. Read the blog entry.
A fact most people are not aware of: The first recorded, controlled and manned glider flight occurred in 875 AD by Abbas ibn Firnas.
Advice for other Product Managers: If you want to make money, go into sales. If you want to make friends, go into marketing. If you want to be a great CEO, spend time in Product Management.