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 😉. Matt joined as Product Director and employee #9. We talk about a lot, including:

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

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

🤴 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

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

🔭 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

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

🧐 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! 👍