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Startup PM vs. Big company PM

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Lenny Rachitsky
Lenny's Newsletter
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Similarities between Startup and Big Company PM

  • You will be building a product with cross-functional resources
  • You will need to get buy-in for your ideas
  • You need to keep people aligned / excited
  • You are still focused on consumers' problems

Differences between Startup and Big Company PM

  • Focused in all parts of the business (startup) vs. one part of the business (big company)
  • Obsess over growing the company (startup) vs. growing your team's KPIs (big company)
  • Most time spend talking (startup) vs. most time spent writing (big company)
  • Decisions based on gut (startup) vs. decisions based on data (big company)
  • Become a jack/jane-of-all-trades (startup) vs. world-expert in one problem (big company)

Recommendations for Transitioning from Startup to Big Company

  • Communication skills - Will need to become an expert in emails, docs, meetings, presentations and storytelling across many different types of people
  • Influence - Will need to inspire your team to do their best work. Will need to develop and build team culture.
  • Data - Will need to begin using data to drive decisions
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