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What Product VPs At High-Growth Startups Have In Common

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Mike Belsito
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Product VPs at high growth startups:

  1. They paid their dues.
    1. Most had at least 10 years of work experience and not exclusively product management. The most common backgrounds in marketing, engineering, and consulting.
  2. Backgrounds are flexible.
    1. Less than half of the product leaders had an engineering background.
  3. They tend to have advanced degrees and 1/3 went to school in the Silicon Valley.
  4. Most have never run their own business.
  5. Most had never lead product management before, but every head had some prior experience with product management.
  6. They lack diversity, only 3/18 were women.
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