One thing is for sure – we wouldn’t be able to build the products and features that we do if it weren’t for the input of product managers across different industries.
While there’s no shortage of lists of great product managers to follow, our spin is going to be a little bit different. It won’t have 150 people and it won’t be voted on by a large group. What it will be is an ever-growing list from verifiably incredible people who get shit done. Have one that we should add? Hit up the comments.
So without further ado, here is the FullContact Living List of Product Managers. Oh, and if you want to save a little time, you can just follow this Twitter list after you skim the blog post.
Hunter’s combination of “aw shucks” truisms and genuine insight on investments and business ideas all add up to a great account to follow whether you’re just looking for product management, or more inclined toward business in general.
Being a startup VC is hard. Being a startup founder is even harder. But damn it's fun when things come together.
— Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) July 26, 2014
On the product front, his shared experiences are invaluable. He’s worked on huge projects like YouTube and Second Life, and has the lessons to show from them.
Chris is not only a prolific tweeter, covering a wide range of interesting topics, he’s also quite the blogger.
Drones + vision processing = accurate reports on number of protesters pic.twitter.com/9TVdWEC53J
— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) September 30, 2014
His site at cdixon.org contains posts that largely read like an accelerated comments thread. By taking small pieces of a discussion and adding more context to them, Chris continues to drive conversations far beyond his Twitter profile.
Dustin is one polarizing individual. But love him or hate him, his insights on the world of product are second to none.
In the future, Facebook's most important product is Messenger. Google's is Hangouts. Twitter's is DMs. And yet all seem to be neglected.
— dustin curtis (@dcurtis) September 30, 2014
From musings about iPhones to cooking, travel and more, he’s definitely worth a follow. His candor is refreshing and his insight into the world of building products that people love to use is valuable for anyone in business.
Janna’s is a content sharer. She surfaces the absolute best stuff around the Internet and then adds her own comments as well.
This is one of the reasons why Product Managers need to be sympathetic to their team when requests are made. http://t.co/jA2Fd4pev8 via xkcd
— Janna Bastow (@simplybastow) September 24, 2014
That’s not to say that she can’t throw down some knowledge of her own as well. While her style tends toward the sharer versus the pundit, Janna knows the business and can lay down wisdom when needed or requested.
What can we say about Des that hasn’t already been said? The guy’s no-BS approach to products, success, failure and the steps leading to all of them make him an absolute superstar.
“We’re not solving the problem, we’re not even looking at the problem.” https://t.co/SGNQBkpvNC
— Des Traynor (@destraynor) September 19, 2014
Just follow him. You can thank us later.
The founder of Xanadu, Mariya is another great follow because of her ability to surface content that matters to all of us.
— Mariya (@thinkmariya) July 21, 2014
Whether you’re building a product, thinking about building a product or just wondering if you should build a product, chances are good that Mariya will tweet something soon to help you find your answer.
When you’re working for the the world’s largest social network, every task can seem huge. Enter Julie Zhuo from Facebook who brings the simplicity.
— Julie Zhuo (@joulee) August 27, 2014
Julie has an amazing way of breaking down challenges into language that motivates without somehow ignoring the difficulty of the task at hand. On top of that, it’s generally not a bad idea to get a look at how Facebook does things and Julie is a direct line into the machine.
Ryan has turned into a darling of the tech world lately. After launching Product Hunt, he’s joined Y Combinator, talked on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt and become the go-to guy for conversations about building.
— Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) September 24, 2014
What makes Ryan really stand out is his willingness to engage with his followers. Got a question or want to brainstorm an idea? Chances are that Ryan’s going to make time to talk about it. Or in many cases he’ll go so far as to write blog posts about the subject that you brought up.
Formerly a product manager at Google and now with Google Ventures, Ken has great insight into both sides of the product and business table.
— Ken Norton (@kennethn) September 18, 2014
He’s also full of self-effacing humor that does a great job of reminding us all to not take ourselves so seriously.
That’s our list for now, but we’re looking forward to seeing it grow. These are the product managers that we turn to for inspiration. They’re the ones who continually build incredible products, keep their customers happy and know how to keep balance through it all.
Photo Credit: via Richard Goodwin