#5: Didn’t cultivate a good working relationship with my boss

It was somewhere around June, 2019.

I was staring at the email on my computer screen.

It was from my boss.

It went something like, “I won’t allow you to schedule a 1:1 meeting with me until you have demonstrated…


Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes.

Ever since I was a kid, I have been hearing this quote. But I didn’t start understanding the depth of it until a few years back.

For a large part of my life, I was quick to pass judgements on…


Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself — Eleanor Roosevelt

If I were write on the topic of “making mistakes as a product manager”, I would be able to fill loads and loads of pages with some interesting stories.

Shipping quality…


Complications examines the uncertainties and complexities that doctors must grapple with as they go about treating their patients. Through various medical anecdotes, Dr. Gawande skillfully shines the light on the medical profession and raises some profound questions

Dr Atul Gawande wrote this book as a surgical resident and it arises…


With the rise and rise of product companies, interest in product management as a career path has exploded. But, breaking into product management is a tricky business. You have the classic ‘chicken and egg situation’. Companies usually want to hire you only if you have prior PM experience. …


If you don’t believe it or don’t get it, I don’t have the time to try to convince you, sorry.” — Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous individual credited with inventing bitcoin.

The rise and rise of cryptocurrencies has been one of the most exciting developments of our time. …


The first time I consciously used a template to quickly and efficiently accomplish a task was in college.

Like every other kid of my age, I too was enamored with the idea of doing an internship ‘abroad’.

To make the job of applying easier, I took the help of my…


Simple, yet effective practices to increase your delivery speed.

How do I ship things faster” is one of the fundamental questions that troubles every product manager.

Shipping fast is especially important for startups. Because if you are not shipping fast enough, you better start packing up.

Having been part of…


“Why do we have two ears and one mouth?” asked the instructor.

It was a rhetorical question.

So that we listen twice as much as we speak.” he proceeded to answer.

It was a workshop on communication skills and the 15 year old me was hanging on to the instructor’s…


‘Predictably Irrational’ highlights how emotions and norms influence our behaviour

Classical Economic Theory states that Man is a rational being who makes smart, logical choices. However, human behaviour in practice is usually at odds with what is expected in theory.

Dan Ariely’s book seeks to bring out this ‘irrational’ side of humans through a series of illuminating experiments. Each experiment…

Vikram Goyal

Currently PM@Airmeet — building a kick-ass product for conducting remote events and conferences.

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