What are the common misconceptions of founding a product-centric company? In this webinar, SquadTrip Founder Darrien Watson will speak on surprises he’s experienced as a 2x founder. The session will cover wide-ranging topics including life in an incubator, starting a company outside a “hub,” surprises when raising money, and more. Tune in for valuable insights on founding product-centric companies.

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Show Notes:

  1. Product management techniques differ between startups and large companies.
  2. At startups, customers’ wants may not be clear and require reading between the lines.
  3. Launching a startup involves multiple complex moving parts like product, pricing, and distribution.
  4. It can be challenging to define a product without users or paying clients in early startup stages.
  5. Balancing client demands with business goals and product vision is important for startups.
  6. Larger companies provide benefits like access to resources and reduced risk.
  7. Startups require adaptability while larger companies emphasize focus.
  8. Different work environments impact career goals, risk appetite, and job security.
  9. Founding a startup means wearing many hats and handling unknowns.
  10. Hiring for startups prioritizes skills, grit, and ability to pick up new tasks.
  11. Product roles differ in responsibility and unknowns between small and large companies.
  12. Startup executives must be willing to execute, not just strategize.
  13. Product-led growth requires balancing customer needs with low-touch products.
  14. Startups may create deliberate friction to gather customer feedback.
  15. Pricing strategies can prioritize growth over short-term revenue.
  16. Differentiation comes from specialized, time-saving solutions.
  17. Customer conversations are prioritized over roles like product management.
  18. Framework and discipline balance client feedback and vision.
  19. Demonstrating grit involves seeking learning opportunities through failures.
  20. Hiring and staffing needs change as a startup grows.
About the speaker
About the host
Dan Hammaker Intapp, Sr. Director, Product Management

I'm a product leader focused on delivering exceptional client value by building quality software and engaged teams. I love talking to users about their problems and working with new PMs to grow their careers. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my spouse. Outside of work I love traveling, cooking, and following Philadelphia sports.

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