Jason Knight

Product leader and podcaster. Passionate about technology, product management, leadership, company cu...  
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Product Director

  • DueDil
  • Jan 2021 - Present

2021

Oct 24, 2021
Oct 24, 2021
Released a new podcast episode
Good morning New Zealand!ย 

On this week's podcast episode I speak to Anna Curzon, Chief Product Officer @ Xero and also a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council where she was appointed by Jacinda Arder to help support businesses in New Zealand and around APAC.

We talk about... a lot! Including...

๐Ÿฃ The origin story of Xero, how it came from the founder having a problem he couldn't solve, and how he started a company to solve it

๐Ÿ”ฅ How they had to fire themselves as Xero users as they scaled out of their own target market, and how they stay in touch with customers
๐Ÿ“– How she moved from her career in banking into disruptive tech and how she was always "the freak in the phone book"
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ The parallels between her original passion for anthropology & understanding humans has translated into her day-to-day work

๐Ÿฅฐ How she developed a passion for product management & how she approached her move into a CPO job without any direct product management experience

๐Ÿง Whether she had any pushback when taking over a team of product managers, and the approaches she's taken to be seen as just one of the team

๐Ÿค The importance of diversity on the teams and why people should be able to bring their true selves to work

๐Ÿš€ How they've managed to keep the Xero culture going and nurture it through massive scaling and acquisitions

It was great speaking to Anna and hearing about her journey and her aspirations. Please give it a lesson and let me know what you think, and remember to share with your friends!

Episode link is here:

https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/anna-curzon


Oct 17, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
Released a new podcast episode
In this #podcast episode I speak with Peter Johnston & Matt Breuer. Peter is the founder & CEO of Polywork, which I'm sure you've heard of ๐Ÿ˜‰. Matt joined as Product Director and employee #9. We talk about a lot, including:

๐Ÿค” The motivations behind Polywork, how it differs from other professional networking sites, and how they aim to "go beyond the job title"

๐Ÿ’Š The personal pain points and collaboration issues that started the idea of Polywork and how it's more than just a reaction to LinkedIn

๐Ÿคด How the dynamics work between a senior product professional & a vision-driven founder in an early stage startup and the importance of disagreeing but committing as a team

๐Ÿฆ› How to manage upwards as a product leader, and tackle HIPPO disagreements by doing the product management work to validate your arguments

๐Ÿ”ญ The discovery work they did up front to turn the initial vision into a tangible product and the importance of thinking about the fundamental job to be done

๐Ÿ’ฅ Whether they are worried about being a lockdown flash in the pan and suffering a collapse in user numbers post-pandemic

๐Ÿง The importance of maintaining focus for startups, not trying to chase every opportunity that looks good and how Peter learned this the hard way at a previous startup

And much more! I had a great time chatting to these two. Check the episode here & make sure you share with your friends! ๐Ÿ‘
Oct 03, 2021
Oct 03, 2021
Hosted a podcast
On this podcast episode, I speak to Jas Shah, product consultant & founder at Bitsul, who is predictably passionate about getting consultants to help with your product management, but hear him out!

We cover a lot, including:ย 
๐Ÿช„ What problems he solves with his consultancy, the types of companies he consults for, and why he prefers startups to big banks

๐Ÿฆ Whether fintech is all disruption and sea change or whether there's value in making incremental change
๐Ÿค” The difficulty of selling disruptive change to the mass market, why you have to take it in stages and meet people where they are not where you want them to be

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ The time he felt compelled to leave a product management job because of lack of support for his product, and how long he stuck it out

๐Ÿช The concept of servitising product management, what that means in practice and what types of task can be servitised

๐Ÿฅ‡ The importance of taking the teams along for the journey so they can be self-sufficient after you leave

๐Ÿš€ The product management clichรฉ he dislikes the most, and advice for people trying to take their first steps into product management

And much more!

Check out the episode at https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/jas-shah or your favourite podcast app, and please make sure to share with any of your product friends & colleagues!
Sep 28, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Hosted a podcast
On this podcast episode, I speak to Radhika Dutt, author of ๐ŸŽ‰Brand New Book๐ŸŽ‰ "Radical Product Thinking" where she aims to help people think big & cure some of those product diseases that drag companies down ๐Ÿงต
We cover a lot, including
๐Ÿ“– The story of the book, some of the early feedback she's received and how rewarding it is to see it landing with non-product people and product people alike
๐ŸŒ How she set out to create a book that mixed vision with practicality, and bringing a truly global perspective rather than just another Silicon Valley tech bro book

๐Ÿงฎ How seeing the same problems again & again led her to create a free framework to help solve them, and how this spurred the need for a book

๐Ÿš— The audience for her book, the vision she had in mind, and how she wants people not to just prioritise the speed of their car but also where they're driving to

โš–๏ธ Whether she has a problem with the Lean Startup (!), whether her book replaces or is a compliment to it, and why you only really get a few pivots

๐Ÿฅ… The importance of going beyond the Big Hairy Audacious Goal, creating a detailed vision up front and aligning your team around it

๐Ÿค’ The list of "product diseases", whether a radical product vision cures them all, and some examples of how they can afflict a business

๐Ÿ’ธ How to make sure everyone, including leadership, is behind the vision; the tools you can use to drive this, and the concept of vision debt

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ The product hippocratic oath - how we as a product professionals need to ensure we do no harm and actively work to create better change in the world

Check out the episode at https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/radhika-dutt or your favourite podcast app, and please make sure to share with any of your product-unwell friends & colleagues!
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Released a new podcast episode
Check out my interview with Giff Constable for One Knight in Product. We went deep on product leadership, aligning with the executive team & building the next generation of product leaders. Giff was CPO at Meetup during the WeWork years and has plenty of learnings from a high octane time!
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 14, 2021
Rehighlighted by Jason Knight
Spoke on a podcast
Hosted a podcast
Tuesday night meeting with the boys - episode coming soon on One Knight in Product


Matt Breuer

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Peter Johnston

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1 other

Sep 14, 2021
Spoke on a podcast
Excited to join Jason and Pete to chat all things product and Polywork!
Product Director, Polywork
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