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Marissa Hastings

Marissa Hastings

Group Product Marketing Manager, Codecademy
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I currently lead product marketing at Codecademy, an e-learning platform specializing in coding skills based in New York City. At Codecademy, I oversee a team of product marketers across consumer and B2B divisions to launch new products, develop u...more

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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerMay 7
These are the skills I screen for in PMM interviews: 1. Cross-functional teamwork: especially experience working with product and bringing together teams from various parts of the org (marketing, creative, sales, etc.) 2. Go-to-market experience: demonstrates successful track record of...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerJune 21
The biggest mistakes to avoid when influencing the product roadmap: * Being too prescriptive with the idea/solution, rather than presenting the problem space and enlisting your product, design, and eng partners to help you arrive at the best solution * Pushing too far with an opinion (fa...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerMay 7
I would focus on three areas: tooling, process documentation, and communication. * Tooling: one of the biggest game-changers can be getting out of spreadsheets and getting into a proper project management tool (e.g. my team loves Asana). This can help you plot out tasks and timing, assign...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerJune 21
Two things I wish I knew: * The importance of building trust and establishing good relationships * My unique capabilities/value as a PMM and how to communicate that to my partners In the beginning of my career, I think I over-indexed on producing a good work product and tried to influence ...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerJune 22
There are a few aspects to this. The first involves being proactive and enabling your team with insights ahead of time. The second involves bringing in other data/business rationale to round out your case as to why these user needs should be prioritized. Enabling your team ahead of time Think...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerJune 22
I think PMM is the perfect function to initiate this because you sit at the intersection of both teams. What my team usually does is work with Product to inform the product roadmap, then once that is settled (or in parallel) we develop a product marketing roadmap for the quarter which includes al...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerJune 21
I would first make sure that any assumptions you've made when crafting your proposed idea are clearly documented so that everyone is aligned on the risks. When thinking about assumptions, ask yourself "what must be true in order for this idea to succeed?"  Then try and anticipate questions the...Read More
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Marissa Hastings
Marissa Hastings
Codecademy Group Product Marketing ManagerJune 21
I would first try to understand where the product manager is coming from, i.e. what knowledge or perceptions are they starting with about Marketing? What context might they need? What pain points might they have experienced in the past with other marketers? Starting from a place of empathy can he...Read More
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Credentials & Highlights
Group Product Marketing Manager at Codecademy
Product Marketing AMA Contributor
Lives In new york, new york
Knows About Product Marketing Soft and Hard Skills, Establishing Product Marketing, Product Launc...more