Hi Bernd,

Thanks for responding and I’m sorry you disagree. Worth noting that this post and advice has very little to do with my experience as a VC. Actually, it comes from the 14 years I spent building products as an engineer and product manager before I joined Greylock. You can check out my background and you’ll see I was fortunate to be an early product manager at some great companies bringing many real products to the market— some of which I hope you use every day (LinkedIn, Facebook Connect, Twitter).

One thing I love about Medium is real discourse — and am perfectly happy to debate this “product manager is the CEO of the product”. I don’t like this statement because I believe the product manager is not in an authority position to make unilateral decisions for a team, nor do they have the responsibility or right to hire/fire the members of the team. The bad part of this is I’ve seen product managers act like they have authority over the team and do a poor job making sure the team is involved and activated. In the talk I tried to lay out the responsibilities and roles I think make great product managers. I do agree there are a lot of accountabilities that product managers must take on that are similar to being a CEO.

Anyway, as I said I’m always up for good healthy discourse. But I’m never a fan of attacks and name calling, especially when uninformed or incorrect. I would stand by the claim I have plenty of experience in product management to write the post how I did and I feel great about it. But I’m also certain that product management can be done different ways at different companies and there is no one size fits all.

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