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Leveraging mentors to uplevel your career | Jules Walter (YouTube, Slack‪)‬ Lenny's Podcast: Product | Growth | Career

    • Technology

Jules Walter is a product leader at YouTube and co-founder of both the Black Product Managers Network and Codepath.org. Previously, he led monetization and mobile growth teams at Slack. He’s also a very well-known leader in the broader product community. In today’s episode, we discuss the skills that matter most to PMs, and how to build those skills. We also spend quite a bit of time talking about the importance of finding mentors to help you learn new skills, how to nail your next job interview, barriers to entry for underrepresented people, and some of the most common paths into product management.

Find the full transcript at: https://www.lennyspodcast.com/leveraging-mentors-to-uplevel-your-career-jules-walter-youtube-slack/

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for supporting this podcast:
• Vanta—Automate compliance. Simplify security: https://vanta.com/lenny
• Notion—One workspace. Every team: https://www.notion.com/lennyspod
• Linear—The new standard for modern software development: https://linear.app/lenny

Where to find Jules Walter:
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/julesdwalt
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juleswalter/

Where to find Lenny:
• Newsletter: https://www.lennysnewsletter.com
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennysan
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lennyrachitsky/

Referenced:
• Black Product Managers Network: https://www.blackproductmanagers.com
• Maryanna Quigless on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/quigless/
• Brittany Bankston on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittany-bankston-77693a85/
• Benin Saffo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benin-saffo/
• Lawrence Ripsher on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrenceripsher/
• Matt Mochary on Lenny’s Podcast: https://www.lennyspodcast.com/videos/how-to-fire-people-with-grace-work-through-fear-and-nurture-innovation-matt-mochary/
• Adriel Frederick on Lenny’s Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/humanizing-product-development-adriel-frederick-reddit/id1627920305?i=1000583287891
• Bangaly Kaba on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iambangaly/
• The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, and Problem Solving: https://www.amazon.com/Minto-Pyramid-Principle-Writing-Thinking/dp/0960191046
• Pathwise Leadership: https://pathwiseleadership.com/
• Erin Teague on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinteague/
• Bradley Horowitz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradleyhorowitz/
• Nikhyl Singhal on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikhyl/
• Tim Ferriss on what makes a great mentor: https://www.businessinsider.com/tim-ferriss-what-makes-great-mentor-2017-11
• Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It: https://www.amazon.com/Never-Split-Difference-audiobook/dp/B01COR1GM2
• Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends and Colleagues: https://www.amazon.com/Connect-Building-Exceptional-Relationships-Colleagues/dp/0241986869
• Chris Voss’s MasterClass on negotiating in the workplace: https://www.masterclass.com/sessions/classes/win-workplace-negotiations
• Lex Fridman’s podcast: https://lexfridman.com/podcast/
• Never Have I Ever on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80179190
• Top Gun: Maverick on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KBTJBiL3oQ

Interview Prep Communities:
• Lewis C Lin's Interview Community: https://join.slack.com/t/pminterview/shared_invite/zt-1mqc5lzdt-SZuIvbzZIl8ob7UJeydVGg
• Exponent: https://www.tryexponent.com/
• StellarPeers: https://stellarpeers.com/

In this episode, we cover:
(00:00) Jules’s background
(06:07) Two paths to becoming a product manager
(07:20) How Jules became the first growth PM at Slack
(09:03) Black Product Managers Network and Codepath.org
(12:05) The most important skills to refine as a PM: IQ skills and EQ skills
(14:48) How to improve your interview skills 
(18:50) Why interviewing is mor

Jules Walter is a product leader at YouTube and co-founder of both the Black Product Managers Network and Codepath.org. Previously, he led monetization and mobile growth teams at Slack. He’s also a very well-known leader in the broader product community. In today’s episode, we discuss the skills that matter most to PMs, and how to build those skills. We also spend quite a bit of time talking about the importance of finding mentors to help you learn new skills, how to nail your next job interview, barriers to entry for underrepresented people, and some of the most common paths into product management.

Find the full transcript at: https://www.lennyspodcast.com/leveraging-mentors-to-uplevel-your-career-jules-walter-youtube-slack/

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for supporting this podcast:
• Vanta—Automate compliance. Simplify security: https://vanta.com/lenny
• Notion—One workspace. Every team: https://www.notion.com/lennyspod
• Linear—The new standard for modern software development: https://linear.app/lenny

Where to find Jules Walter:
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/julesdwalt
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juleswalter/

Where to find Lenny:
• Newsletter: https://www.lennysnewsletter.com
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennysan
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lennyrachitsky/

Referenced:
• Black Product Managers Network: https://www.blackproductmanagers.com
• Maryanna Quigless on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/quigless/
• Brittany Bankston on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittany-bankston-77693a85/
• Benin Saffo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benin-saffo/
• Lawrence Ripsher on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrenceripsher/
• Matt Mochary on Lenny’s Podcast: https://www.lennyspodcast.com/videos/how-to-fire-people-with-grace-work-through-fear-and-nurture-innovation-matt-mochary/
• Adriel Frederick on Lenny’s Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/humanizing-product-development-adriel-frederick-reddit/id1627920305?i=1000583287891
• Bangaly Kaba on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iambangaly/
• The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, and Problem Solving: https://www.amazon.com/Minto-Pyramid-Principle-Writing-Thinking/dp/0960191046
• Pathwise Leadership: https://pathwiseleadership.com/
• Erin Teague on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinteague/
• Bradley Horowitz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradleyhorowitz/
• Nikhyl Singhal on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikhyl/
• Tim Ferriss on what makes a great mentor: https://www.businessinsider.com/tim-ferriss-what-makes-great-mentor-2017-11
• Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It: https://www.amazon.com/Never-Split-Difference-audiobook/dp/B01COR1GM2
• Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends and Colleagues: https://www.amazon.com/Connect-Building-Exceptional-Relationships-Colleagues/dp/0241986869
• Chris Voss’s MasterClass on negotiating in the workplace: https://www.masterclass.com/sessions/classes/win-workplace-negotiations
• Lex Fridman’s podcast: https://lexfridman.com/podcast/
• Never Have I Ever on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80179190
• Top Gun: Maverick on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KBTJBiL3oQ

Interview Prep Communities:
• Lewis C Lin's Interview Community: https://join.slack.com/t/pminterview/shared_invite/zt-1mqc5lzdt-SZuIvbzZIl8ob7UJeydVGg
• Exponent: https://www.tryexponent.com/
• StellarPeers: https://stellarpeers.com/

In this episode, we cover:
(00:00) Jules’s background
(06:07) Two paths to becoming a product manager
(07:20) How Jules became the first growth PM at Slack
(09:03) Black Product Managers Network and Codepath.org
(12:05) The most important skills to refine as a PM: IQ skills and EQ skills
(14:48) How to improve your interview skills 
(18:50) Why interviewing is mor

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