(Transitioning to a PM role)

Resources I found helpful while transitioning to a PM role from Dev (back in 2014). These are as relevant today as it was 4 years back.

I also wrote a retrospective blog post recently about my first half-decade since passing out of college: How I became a Product Manager

+ 19 lessons I learned during my first year as a Product Manager (which was a look back at my first year as a PM)

The Art of Product Management with Sachin Rekhi

In this presentation Rekhi shares his lessons learned over the last decade as a product manager in Silicon Valley on the art behind each of these dimensions of product management

How to Hire a Product Manager

The classic essay on the role of product management and what makes a good PM by Ken Norton

Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers

In this post, Todd Jackson, ex VP of Product and Design at Dropbox explains how startups can define the type of PMs they need, source candidates, ask the right interview questions — and, perhaps most importantly, convince them to come work for you

Top 75+ Resources for Product Managers

A set of resources for managing a career in product management. Helpful for interviews too

How I got my first Valley-based Product Management job in 5 Weeks

How Nitin Julka got a Product Manager role at a rapidly growing venture-backed startup in the Valley

Interview Question Prep for PM Interviews

By Rafi Lurie, PM @ Uber

Google’s Official Note to Product Management Candidates

Google’s official note to product management candidates

36-Day Amazon PM Interview Study Guide

Book excerpt from PM Interview Questions

Interview Prep (Please go through all of these)

Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology

Product School San Francisco Youtube videos

The PM Interview Website to practice interview questions

Books + Courses I recommend to people interested in transitioning to a PM role

Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works

Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL)

Human-Centered Design: an Introduction


1/ Elad Gil. http://blog.eladgil.com/

fav: How To Win As Second Mover

2/ Jeol Spolsky. https://www.joelonsoftware.com/

fav: Strategy Letter I: Ben and Jerry’s vs. Amazon

3/ Ben Thompson. https://stratechery.com

fav: Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service

4/ Andrew Chen. https://andrewchen.co/

fav: The Power User Curve: The best way to understand your most engaged users

5/ Avichal Garg. https://avichal.com/

fav: Focus on building 10x teams, not on hiring 10x developers

6/ Michael Lopp. http://randsinrepose.com/

fav: Shields Down

7/ Marc Andreessen. https://pmarchive.com

fav: Part 1: Why not to do a startup

8/ Chamath. http://chamatharchive.com/

fav: Long term greedy

9/ Julie Zhuo. https://medium.com/the-year-of-the-looking-glass/

fav: 5 Hard Questions to Ask Yourself During a Conflict

10/ Benedict Evans. https://www.ben-evans.com/

fav: Tesla, software and disruption

11/ Steven Sinofsky. https://medium.learningbyshipping.com/

fav: Reaching Peak Meeting Efficiency

12/ Tomasz Tunguz. http://tomtunguz.com/

fav: Lessons Learned from 20 Years at the Leading Edge of SaaS

13/ Steve Blank. https://steveblank.com/

fav: “Speed and Tempo” — Fearless Decision Making for Startups

14/ Derek Sivers. https://sivers.org/

fav: There’s no speed limit

15/ John Saito. https://medium.com/@jsaito

fav: Making up metaphors

16/ Fred Wilson. https://avc.com/

fav: Let Your Winners Run

17/ Mark Suster. https://bothsidesofthetable.com/

fav: Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

18/ Seth Godin. https://www.sethgodin.com/

fav: The wrong bus

19/ Bill Gurley. http://abovethecrowd.com/

fav: The Dangerous Seduction of the Lifetime Value (LTV) Formula

20/ Michael Lopp. http://randsinrepose.com/about/

fav: The Rands Test


1/ Signal v. Noise

fav: The curse of the last word

2/ Intercom

fav: When a cupcake becomes a wedding cake

3/ First Round

fav: Speed as a Habit

4/ GV Library

fav: GV Guide to Design Critique

5/ HBR

fav: Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

6/ Facebook Design

fav: Evolving the Facebook News Feed to Serve You Better

7/ Go-Jek Engineering

fav: Introducing GO-JEK’s card personalization engine: Project shuffle

8/ Netflix Tech Blog

fav: It’s All A/Bout Testing: The Netflix Experimentation Platform

9/ Slack Design

fav: Threads in Slack, a long design journey

10/ Airbnb Design

fav: Building a Visual Language

11/ YC

fav: How Do You Measure Leadership?

12/ a16z

fav: The ‘Oh, Shit!’ Moment When Growth Stops


1/ CBInsights

2/ Reforge

3/ Axios (Pro Rata and Login)

4/ Fortune Data Sheet

5/ The Ken

6/ Howard Lindzon

7/ Fortune Term Sheet

8/ Snippets by Social Capital

9/ Data Elixir

10/ Oversharing

11/ Prioritised by Mind the Product

12/ PMHQ Weekly Product Reads

13/ Circle of Competence

14/ Morning Brew

15/ 3-2-1 Thursday newsletter by James Clear

16/ StrictlyVC


1/ The Twenty Minute VC

fav: http://www.thetwentyminutevc.com/alirowghani/

2/ Origins by Notation Capital

fav: https://soundcloud.com/notation-capital/origins-episode-13-notation-capital-and-hunter-walk-homebrew

3/ The Knowledge Project

fav: https://fs.blog/2018/05/patrick-collison/

4/ Recode Decode

fav: https://www.recode.net/2016/8/29/12684872/bret-taylor-quip-salesforce-acquisition-friendfeed-twitter-facebok-failure

5/ The Tim Ferris Show

fav: https://tim.blog/2018/08/27/drew-houston/

6/ The Kevin Rose Show

fav: https://www.kevinrose.com/single-post/billmaris

7/ Product Hunt Radio

fav: https://overcast.fm/+SYJmMaA0U

8/ Below the Line with James Beshara

fav: https://anchor.fm/belowtheline/episodes/2–Mike-Maples–The-Original-e3ku2o

9/ Venture Stories Podcast by Village Global

fav: https://overcast.fm/+LDKfmOiHQ

10/ Animal Spirits Podcast

fav: https://animalspiritspod.libsyn.com/the-least-happy-age-ep109

11/ Invest Like the Best

fav: http://investorfieldguide.com/rabois/

12/ This Week In Startups

fav: https://overcast.fm/+JyEbVflY

13/ Starting Greatness

fav: [https://greatness.floodgate.com/episodes/osman-rashid-how-did-chegg-find-a-way-through)


Exhaustive list on GoodReads