TBPP2012: Andres Glusman of Meetup.com on “In the Now”

TBPP2012_altabrv114_thumb2What makes The Best Product Person person of 2012 tick? 

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing segments of a Q&A session I had with Andres Glusman of Meetup.com — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Andres truly The Best Product Person of 2012.

In the now…

> Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? Why?

Everyone’s. Part of what I love about our usability lab is that it gives me so many opportunities to see the world from other people’s point of view. It is truly fascinating.

> What excites you about your current products?

I’m excited by the fact that I feel like we are doing something with massive potential. People regularly tell me that Meetup has changed their lives. It’s humbling because I feel like we are just getting started. We’ve got a ton of momentum now and we are executing experiments that are really paying off.

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> What do you like most -and least – about being a product manager?

I love running experiments that impact millions of people and I love that this industry is so new that we are defining what this role is as we go.

The flipside of the newness coin is that we are all figuring it out as we go along. There is no playbook and there is a lot of variety in what it means to do Product Management across the industry. That makes it hard to swap best-practices and compare notes. I’m comfortable with that ambiguity, but I look forward to 10-15 years from now, when we will look back and laugh about how primitive our approaches were in 2012.

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Stay Tuned

Over the next few weeks I will share more of my interview with Andres Gusman, The Best Product Person of 2012!

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Enjoy!

Jeremy Horn
The Product Guy

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About Jeremy Horn

Jeremy Horn is an award-winning, product management veteran with thirteen years of experience leading and managing product teams. Jeremy has held various executive and advisory roles, from founder of several start-ups to driving diverse organizations in online services, consumer products, and social media. As founder of The Product Group, he has created the largest product management meetup in the world and hosts the annual awarding of The Best Product Person. Jeremy can currently be found pioneering the next generation of content management and sharing at Viacom, acting as creator and instructor of the 10-week product management course at General Assembly, and mentoring at Women 2.0 and Lean Startup Machine. Follow Jeremy on twitter @theproductguy or his blog at http://tpgblog.com.

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