Switching Gears: Moving from Finance to Product Management

Switching Gears: From Finance to Product Management

Want to move from Finance to Product Management? This fireside chat is for you. Nate Cleveland from Vareto and John Young from Hippo discuss the unique challenges people with a finance background may face, as well as their own experiences.

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Key highlights:

1. The journey to Product Management

  • Initial interest: Nate and John were drawn to Product Management due to its diversity of cross-functional partners and impact on the overall business strategy.
  • Gradual transition: Both Nate and John emphasize the importance of taking on adjacent roles initially, such as customer growth or product marketing, to gain relevant experience gradually and broaden their own knowledge base.

2. Leveraging skills from Finance

  • Analytical skills: Finance roles provide a strong foundation of analytical capabilities, which are crucial for understanding things like user data and product metrics.
  • Communication: Nate talks about how the communication skills he honed in finance are invaluable for product management, where you have a variety of cross-functional partners.

3. Learning and development resources

  • Books:
    • Inspired by Marty Cagan (Nate and John)
    • Empowered by Marty Cagan (Nate)
    • Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perry (Nate)
    • The Product Book (Nate)
    • Hooked by Nir Eyal (Nate)
    • Build by Tony Fadell (John)
  • Podcasts:

If you'd like to learn more or have any additional questions that might not have been covered in the fireside chat, feel free to connect with Nate and John on LinkedIn and reach out directly.

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