Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures

Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google.

Global Product Management Talk With Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures

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Global Product Management Talk with Ken Norton on his viral posts about Product Management, on product management in Big Companies vs. Startups And when to hire the first product manager when the founder is a hands-on product lead

Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google. He wrote a blog post in 2005 called “How to hire a product manager” which has been viewed by more than a million people. At the Product Insights SF conference, he did a tongue in cheek presentation about “how to work with engineers” and his essay went viral.

Ken Norton, Partner, Google Ventures joined host Cindy F. Solomon on the Global Product Management Talk on Monday, October 28, 2013.

 

About Ken Norton

Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his more than six years at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, Google Mobile Maps, and Google+.

Ken joined Google with the acquisition of JotSpot, where he was vice president of products. Before JotSpot, Ken led product management at Yahoo Search. Back in the day when he was a software engineer, he was one of the first 50 employees of CNET and the founding CTO of Snap (which became NBC Internet).

Ken has written extensively about the craft of product management, is an inventor of thirteen patents, and a competitive cyclist. He has a B.A. from Boston University and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. http://www.linkedin.com/in/kennethnorton/

Twitter: @kennethn

Read Ken’s blog posts about this subject matter:

https://www.kennethnorton.com/essays/productmanager.html

https://www.kennethnorton.com/essays/how-to-work-with-software-engineers.html

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Our format: we post questions Q1, Q2, Q3 Please answer using A1, A2, A3

Questions for Discussion:
PreQ: Please introduce yourself, where you are tweeting from & your involvement with #prodmgmt #prodmgmttalk

Q1 What’s it like moving into venture capital from an operational PM role?

Q2 How is Google Ventures different from Google or a traditional VC?

Q3 You wrote a blog post in 2005 called “How to hire a product manager” – it’s been viewed by more than a million people since, why do you think it’s been so popular? http://bit.ly/1e7KXvl

Q4 You like to say PMs should “bring the donuts” — what do you mean by that?

Q5 You did a tongue in cheek presentation at #productsf about “how to work with engineers” and your essay went viral — did anyone think you were being serious? http://bit.ly/ZYjhSX

Q6 What does Google look for when hiring PMs?

 

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