Dropbox is worth a couple of billion dollars today.
So how would you feel if the product you were managing could have become Dropbox, but didn’t, because the President of your company shot down the idea after you presented it to him?
Without rancor, and with grace, Justin Rosenstein talks about his experience with Google Drive and Larry Page – and concludes with this advice for Product Managers:
1. If you’re managing a project inside of a company, living and breathing it, the onus is on you, not upper management, to understand and articulate the marketing positioning and strategy that’s unique to your project. If management still disagrees with you, I wouldn’t fight them, but have enough confidence to make your case with conviction.
2. Now that I’m in a leadership role as the co-founder of Asana, I think twice before disagreeing with one of my reports when they look like they’ve really thought something through in their area of expertise and are passionate about their conclusion. I still disagree a lot — ultimately it’s my responsibility to ensure Asana maintains a consistent vision — but once I’ve made up my mind, it can still be changed.
I thought the article was a class act. You can read it here.