39 min

Building the Future of Professional Networking (with Peter Johnston & Matt Breuer, CEO & Product Director @ Polywork‪)‬ One Knight in Product

    • Technology

An interview with Peter Johnston & Matt Breuer. Peter is the founder & CEO of new professional social network Polywork. Matt joined as Product Director and employee #9. They talk about the vision for Polywork, the pain points it was designed to overcome, the way they're building it as a team, and how to avoid HIPPO syndrome.


We speak about a lot, including:


The motivations behind Polywork, how it differs from other professional networking sites, and how they aim to "go beyond the job title"

The personal pain points and collaboration issues that started the idea of Polywork and how it's more than just a reaction to LinkedIn

How the dynamics work between a senior product professional & a vision-driven founder in an early stage startup and the importance of disagreeing but committing as a team

How to manage upwards as a product leader, and tackle HIPPO disagreements by doing the product management work to validate your arguments

The discovery work they did up front to turn the initial vision into a tangible product and the importance of thinking about the fundamental job to be done

Whether they are worried about being a lockdown flash in the pan and suffering a collapse in user numbers post-pandemic

The importance of maintaining focus for startups, not trying to chase every opportunity that looks good and how Peter learned this the hard way at a previous startup


And much more!


Check out Polywork
If you don't have a Polywork account already you can sign up using this VIP link and check it out.


Contact Matt & Peter
You can contact Matt at Polywork and Peter either on Polywork or Twitter.

An interview with Peter Johnston & Matt Breuer. Peter is the founder & CEO of new professional social network Polywork. Matt joined as Product Director and employee #9. They talk about the vision for Polywork, the pain points it was designed to overcome, the way they're building it as a team, and how to avoid HIPPO syndrome.


We speak about a lot, including:


The motivations behind Polywork, how it differs from other professional networking sites, and how they aim to "go beyond the job title"

The personal pain points and collaboration issues that started the idea of Polywork and how it's more than just a reaction to LinkedIn

How the dynamics work between a senior product professional & a vision-driven founder in an early stage startup and the importance of disagreeing but committing as a team

How to manage upwards as a product leader, and tackle HIPPO disagreements by doing the product management work to validate your arguments

The discovery work they did up front to turn the initial vision into a tangible product and the importance of thinking about the fundamental job to be done

Whether they are worried about being a lockdown flash in the pan and suffering a collapse in user numbers post-pandemic

The importance of maintaining focus for startups, not trying to chase every opportunity that looks good and how Peter learned this the hard way at a previous startup


And much more!


Check out Polywork
If you don't have a Polywork account already you can sign up using this VIP link and check it out.


Contact Matt & Peter
You can contact Matt at Polywork and Peter either on Polywork or Twitter.

39 min

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