Every product manager has a unique story. The multi-dimensional nature of the role implies that there is no one fixed path to becoming a great product owner. Our first guest as part of the Product Management series
, Sidu Ponappa
, shares one such journey, which sounds like a 90s love story - only here, his love is computers 💻
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Sidu served on the Board of Directors of Gojek
and was Head of Gojek India from 2015 to 2019. He is a 4x founder, whose last startup was acquired by the Indonesian decacorn, where he scaled his 35 member startup team into an 700 member product and engineering organisation across 3 countries that simultaneously:
shipped 18 products in 18 months
reduced downtimes by 1000X
scaled the stack from 4K daily completed orders to 1M daily completed orders in 18 months
No wonder why he talks about Hypergrowth so much on the show. 🤓
BUT THE COOLEST part of the conversation is the discussion around what makes a superapp - the underlying assets and features that are required (are they?) and more!
😼We also discuss how to manage and hire teams, how the Indian market is different from the Indonesian one (twice have VCs negated our claim that the Indian digital economy is far from picking up like Indonesia, but we find some redemption here!)
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We will be having Deepak THE KING Abbot
, ex Vice President at Paytm, on the show next, teaching a master class on building and scaling mobile apps next week (we will be emailing the video lecture to only to our paying subscribers).
Stay cool and Keep hustling guys! 💪💪💪
JPK and Ravish
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