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Vasudha Mithal

Care Solace Chief Product Officer

AMA: Care Solace CPO, ex-Headspace Senior Director, Vasudha Mithal
on Product Management Career Path

December 5 @ 10:00AM PST
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Care Solace CPO, ex-Headspace Senior Director, Vasudha Mithal on Product Management Career Path
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Vasudha Mithal
Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
* Understand if your skills and interest align with the path: * IC: Become a topic expert, typically going deep in more technical topics e.g. you really love doing SEOs or healthcare billing. You like to work more independently, actively driving implementation, staying much clos......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
* Understand how commercial teams are setup, how products are priced, what's a typical sales cycle and even more top of the funnel - how is marketing run, target customers and the value props. * Build a basic empathy for a B2B buyers journey - which platforms are potential buyers alre......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
Innovation is best achieved by diversity of ideas. Diversity can be achieved by many ways - one of which is including views from multiple industries and domains. While hiring for a generalist role, it is important to leverage interview questions that are going after the skill vs. domain knowledge......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
As a general rule of thumb - always be on the lookout. Dedicate whatever time works for you: 1hr/week or 1 hr every other week in making connections outside, thinking about a new problem to see if that area is exciting to you, talking to new recruiters to see how your skills are being perceived i......Read More
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What's the career path for a 5yr experienced Product Manager to become a leader? What are the steps to prepare oneself for the next step, i.e., becoming a Sr./Director/VP of Product or CEO?
I have worked as Product Manager for the last 5 years collaborating closely with Eng, Design, and Business in both startup and corporate environments.
Vasudha Mithal
Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
As you continue growing, both the number of years and the kind of work, impact matters. Here could be some important steps to consider: * Observe the work being done by senior folks at your company - ask if you can shadow them for any important sessions (e.g. strategy reviews). Find oppor......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
The work keeps getting more and more ambiguous the more senior you become. You have to take initiative to stay connected across the company, keep a pulse of the market/news to ensure you are able to guide the work of your teams. It becomes less about working on a specific project but more about e......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
Generally, a good way to transition is when you change one dimension at a time. So, either change your company, role or industry. Trying to move across several things is hard (not impossible). In that context, the best shot is at trying for a product role within your existing company. Build relat......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
* Learning on the job - you already have broken into a product role. Work will give you the most time and mind space to acquire skills for growth. * Observe the work being done by senior folks at your company - ask if you can shadow them for any important sessions (e.g. strategy r......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
Unfortunately, there is no set formula for this. Here are some ideas for quantitative research: * Look into salary benchmarking data. Levels.fyi is a great resource for researching. * Understand internal pay policies (e.g. if the company is targeting 50th percentile among your specific ......Read More
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Vasudha Mithal
Care Solace Chief Product OfficerDecember 5
It is important to understand the product culture of a company. PM work is very often confused with project management (as you are experiencing). Your manager is the biggest lever in this scenario - define your goals clearly with your manager (typically companies follow an OKR based process for ......Read More
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