How can product leaders adapt strategies from startup to scaleup? In this episode of the Product Divergence series with Ubiety Technologies Fmr. CPO Nacho Andrade, Groundswell CPO Tammy Hahn shares insights from her journey leading a large product team at Cornerstone OnDemand to taking on the challenge of a zero-to-one startup. She discusses the importance of adapting strategies to different stages of growth and embracing risk, failure, and flexibility in an environment of constant change and learning. Tammy also offers insights on building mission-aligned teams through culture and hiring. Listeners will gain perspectives on career growth, embracing diverse opportunities, and how experiences can strengthen leadership skills through both successes and failures.

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Show Notes

  1. There is no single “traditional” way to approach product development.
  2. Experience from large companies doesn’t always translate directly to startups.
  3. It’s important to adapt strategies and mindsets based on company stage and environment.
  4. Taking risks and embracing failure are necessary for innovation.
  5. Building a culture of openness around risk-taking and failure is key.
  6. Hiring for mission alignment is important for startups.
  7. Generalists may be better fits than specialists for early-stage companies.
  8. Understanding the problem space is more important than having solution opinions.
  9. FinTech and nonprofit operations can surprise experienced product leaders.
  10. Experience doesn’t guarantee success but can strengthen resilience.
  11. Vulnerability and psychological safety are important team qualities.
  12. Data-driven decision making is valuable even without data.
  13. User experience best practices apply across industries.
  14. Sharing product learnings builds understanding with stakeholders.
  15. Career growth sometimes means leaving comfort for new challenges.
  16. Startups require constant experimentation and flexibility.
  17. Interviews should assess creativity over just experience or skills.
  18. Understanding company culture is as important as role or industry.
  19. Learning happens through both successes and failures.
  20. Mission alignment is a key startup hiring factor.
About the speaker
Tammy Hahn Groundswell, Chief Product Officer Member

Mother. Wife. Product leader. Technologist. First generation Chinese American. Vision-led, experimentation-driven Product leader & strategist, passionate about building delightful products that solve real-world problems for customers and users. Tammy is currently Chief Product Officer at Groundswell, a start-up sitting at the intersection of Fintech and Philanthropy aiming to revolutionize the way individuals and corporations approach social impact to solve for the most pressing issues of our time. She previously led Product for Cornerstone OnDemand, a leading human capital and talent management SaaS provider, taking the company from $40M ARR through IPO to over $850M ARR and building a Product organization from a team of six to over 100 globally.

About the host
Nacho Andrade Ubiety Technologies, Fmr CPO

Nacho is an Evangelist for all things product, advocating for innovation, diversity, and building amazing products. Nacho has spent over 10 years in product roles ranging from startups to enterprise in industries like education, healthcare, finance and gaming.

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