Be decisive and biased towards action, shared Christine Luo, Director of Product at OJO Labs, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #99

What was your path to product management?

Like many folks, my path was very circuitous. Product wasn’t a role I was aware of in college. I majored in Finance and did investment banking after graduating. While it wasn’t for me, I’m grateful I did it because it taught me a really good kind of work ethic and…


Hone the skill of seeing around corners, shared Sarah King, VP of Product at Molecula, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #98

What was your path to product management?

I think most people answer this question with “an unconventional path,” and that applies to me too! My path even into technology has been unconventional in itself. I studied Peace and Conflict Studies with a desire to ultimately work for a non-profit. I moved to Austin on a whim after…


Find people that are smarter that you can learn from and collaborate with, shared Ariel Katen, Senior Product Manager at H-E-B, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #97

What was your path to product management?

I have a different story than a lot of other product managers, especially if you have been in the game for as long as I have. I graduated college a year early with an English Lit degree. All I knew I could do was…


Take the time to mentor younger product managers, shared Aditya Rustgi, Senior Director Product Management at Cision, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #96

What was your path to product management?

I started out as an engineer and did that for five years. One of my bosses encouraged me to consider business school, so I got my MBA at the Acton school of business in Austin. It was there that I found I had a much deeper interest in…


As a job searcher, how do you determine if the company you are thinking of joining is product-centric.

When I look for a new product role, my number one criteria is: “Work at a product-centric company.” Outside of the obvious examples like Google, Amazon and other tech giants, I struggle with how I would go about identifying companies that are product-centric. This article tries to answer the question and I would love folks to share their thoughts and ideas so that I can improve it.

I have written it using pattern and anti-pattern examples to show the contrast between product-centric…


Take the time to learn about human psychology and behavior to understand your users, shared Suhas Kelkar, Chief Product Officer at ClearDATA, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #95

What was your path to product management?

My background is all engineering — a bachelor’s and master’s in robotics. Starting as a software developer, I climbed the technical ladder and eventually reached the top of it by becoming a Principal Engineer. In the process of climbing the technical ladder, I…


I am a product manager and community builder in Austin, TX

I am passionate about building products and building community.

My day job is senior product manager at SolarWinds building a machine learning platform for networking and infrastructure monitoring products. (More about my professional background on LinkedIn)

Outside of work I am passionate about building a stronger product community in Austin via the Austin Voice of Product website and newsletter.

I co-organize The Product League meetup with Dan Corbin.

In my spare time I mentor other product managers. I am an aspiring product coach and am working with a few individuals to provide 1:1 product coaching to help them level up…


Treat your career as a product and work on improving it, shared Becca Paren, Senior Product Manager at Auctane, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #94

What was your path to product management?

I did my undergrad degree in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I was always a very math and science person. I loved logic, I loved solving problems. I did programming internships throughout college, but didn’t like doing that eight hours a day. So…


We have to take ideas and connect them in ways that people thought were impossible before, shared Neha Shah, Senior Product Manager at Accruent, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #93

What was your path to product management?

I have been interested in technology ever since I was a little girl. My dad worked for IBM for many years, and retired from Oracle a couple of years ago. So technology has always been an important part of my life…


Product Management always has new challenges and you never stop growing shared Dante Clemons, Senior Product Manager at The Zebra, for my interview series Austin Voice Of Product. Our interview has been edited for clarity.

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Austin VOP #92

What was your path to product management?

I get that question often, and whenever I am asked that I often say through the back door. I started my career as an architect designing buildings. I did that for about three years, primarily because that was the time that it typically took a…

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