Use Case
Use Case
Dec 22, 2019
Product Management 1: Sidu Ponnappa, of GOJEK on what makes a superapp, his journey & managing hyper growth
Play • 50 min
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 💻

BY THE WAY, if you haven’t signed up for the series, you can still subscribe here!

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!)

👂You could listen to the show on your browser or Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, other podcast apps. If you like it, please give us a review on your podcast app, or show us some love by clicking on the heart button below the title. ❤️️

If you think someone would be interested in learning more about this, feel free to forward them this email or share it on Whatsapp/ other social media.

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! 💪💪💪


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