Productivize - Issue #17

Featuring 3 product champions, resources, interesting products and a book you should read.

Hey there 👋 Happy Monday! Each week Productivize is something I look forward to as it allows me to sharpen my product mind and provide value to you all at the same time. Thank you for reading and learning with me 🙏

Here is what’s inside this issue:

Marty Cagan on Product Strategy - Insights

Product tips, hot-takes and more by Jason Evanish

NFX’s podcast episode - The Product Thinking That Built Slack & Twitter

Product champions you should follow - Gibson Biddle, Martin Eriksson and Jackie Bavaro

Interesting products you should try - Tribe, Bridge and Track

A book you should read - Design for How People Think: Using Brain Science to Build Better Products

Before we dive in, I wanted to share a couple of updates:

  1. Exactly 2yrs ago I started my journey as a maker, little that I know, I'll ship many products, build community, work with prolific people, land a job at an early stage startup. I’m super grateful for everyone’s support in the last two years 🙏

  2. As you might know, I gave an interview to KP’s newsletter - #buildinpublic last week about my journey as a maker and got a lot of positive responses. I'm looking out for podcast hosts who interview makers/founders so that I can share my story with many more people. Pass this message along or hit me up if you have a podcast!

Thanks for reading the updates and now let’s get started with this issue 👇

Product Strategy – Insights

One of the important responsibilities as a product leader is to generate, identify and leverage the insights from various teams that will provide the foundation of the product strategy. Marty in this article explains the four consistently effective and valuable sources of insights: Quantitative, Qualitative, Technology and Industry. Read the full article here.

Product tips, hot-takes and more!

The Product Thinking That Built Slack & Twitter

April Underwood joins Pete Flint on this episode of the NFX podcast to offer inside stories and lessons learned from leading product at Twitter and Slack. Founders and product leaders everywhere will benefit from the 3-part framework she developed at Slack for hiring great PMs, her insights about leveraging early adopters, and how product CEOs can stay close to their product teams without slowing them down. Get it here.


Gibson Biddle

Gibson is a former VP of Product at Netflix who comes with lots of experience in building world-class products, teams, and companies. He often tweets about Product Strategy and co-host an invite-only 120-person Product Leader Summit every year. His workshops and online webinars are backed by real experiences & rigorous experimentation. Give him a follow here - @gibsonbiddle

Martin Eriksson

Martin Eriksson is a product leader, speaker, author, and expert in product practices with over 25 years of experience building products and product teams in multiple markets and industries. He tweets interesting insights about product management, product practices and growth strategies. Give him a follow - @bfgmartin

Jackie Bavaro

Advisor at Asana, Jackie comes with a strong PM experience. She is the co-author of the book - Cracking the PM Interview. She often tweets and shares her insights on tips for aspiring product managers. Prior to Asana, Jackie was a Product Manager at Google and Microsoft. Give her a follow here - @jackiebo



A powerful community platform, integrated into your product.


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The fastest calendar app ever.


A book you should read - Design for How People Think: Using Brain Science to Build Better Products

User experience doesn’t happen on a screen; it happens in the mind, and the experience is multidimensional and multisensory. This practical book by John Whalen will help you uncover critical insights about how your customers think so you can create products with an exceptional experience. Get it here.


That’s all for today. I’ll be back with new learnings and findings next week. My goal is to give you the best experience and value through Productivize and I hope you enjoyed reading this issue.

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Until next week,