Rich Mironov (@RichMironov) is known as the “product mensch” in Silicon Valley, and for good reason. Educated at Yale and Stanford, Rich is a 30-year veteran of product management at multiple enterprises and startups that have gone public who now consults as an interim VP of Product helping companies to get their product organizations working at top notch.
Over the last 18 years, he’s worked with over 120 technology companies including Yahoo!, Wealthfront, WhiteHat Security, Wind River, Euclid Analytics, Pushpay and Strategyzer. He’s an unofficial advisor to many Chief Product Officers and senior execs throughout the world of technology, and lecturer at business schools around the world.
In short, Rich has deep experience in product leadership and is one of the few people I consider a true expert at not just product management, but the leadership and structure of product organizations. If you are at all involved in building a company or working with a product organization, trust me, you want to go deep into this man’s world!
We cover a lot in this episode, starting with what product leaders actually do, how Rich diagnoses organizational misalignments and creates early wins to right the ship, creating psychological safety within his teams, some of the unique challenges to doing product management in the world of artificial intelligence and data science, how to defuse tension between different functional orgs in a company, the challenges of imposter syndrome, and much, much more.
Please enjoy this conversation with Rich Mironov.
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