39 min

Deep Nishar’s Lessons From Building Products at Google and LinkedIn Village Global's Venture Stories

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Deep Nishar (@deepnishar), Managing Director at General Catalyst and formerly of LinkedIn and Google, joins Anne Dwane on this episode. Takeaways:

- The best product hires have the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.

- When you’re interviewing people for product roles at startups, don’t ask people what they would do but rather what they have done in the past. You want people who have a sense of adventure and can work without a lot of structure.

- The first fifty hires at a company completely define the company culture.

- Tech debt is a fact of life. Don’t worry about it until you get to MVP.

- When you’re a founder, consider whether you want a poet or a librarian as a product leader. A poet will take on product strategy as well as execution, while a librarian will take product direction from you and implement it.

- Truly world-class product leaders can build not just a product, but a product operating system — the product that builds more products.

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Deep Nishar (@deepnishar), Managing Director at General Catalyst and formerly of LinkedIn and Google, joins Anne Dwane on this episode. Takeaways:

- The best product hires have the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.

- When you’re interviewing people for product roles at startups, don’t ask people what they would do but rather what they have done in the past. You want people who have a sense of adventure and can work without a lot of structure.

- The first fifty hires at a company completely define the company culture.

- Tech debt is a fact of life. Don’t worry about it until you get to MVP.

- When you’re a founder, consider whether you want a poet or a librarian as a product leader. A poet will take on product strategy as well as execution, while a librarian will take product direction from you and implement it.

- Truly world-class product leaders can build not just a product, but a product operating system — the product that builds more products.

Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform.

Check us out on the web at www.villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.

Want to get updates from us? Subscribe to get a peek inside the Village. We’ll send you reading recommendations, exclusive event invites, and commentary on the latest happenings in Silicon Valley. www.villageglobal.vc/signup

39 min