Product Manager or VP of Product?
Startup Codex

Hiring too junior a resource to own product is almost always a huge mistake according to Jason Lemkin.

I agree with him on the critical aspect of product ownership in any organization. And on the importance of having an senior person in this position when the company can afford it.

The head of the product function has to constantly negotiate, or assert himself, in front of Sales, Engineering, and Product Support or Customer Success departments. A very complex responsibility to assume if you don't already have some experience.

A short reading, but very relevant.

A VP of Product should be a transformational hire. Someone to take over the hackey way you pick features, drive engineering to get there, and also, to live at the intersection of sales, customer success, and dev.

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