Summary: Essential listening for entrepreneurs, product managers and anyone working in tech today. We break down the concepts you need to know, from Product Management to Growth, Sales to Funding, we'll bring you stories that will inspire and insights that will change the way you think about product and business., produced in partnership with Product Collective, inspires hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, marketers, product people, and designers each month. Join us as we dive into everything from product management to growth, culture to sales and everything in between. has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Inc, Entrepreneur and many more business publications as a top business podcast year after year.

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 PM to VC with Hunter Walk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1289

Today we got a chance to sit down with Hunter Walk and discuss his career, what he looks for in founders and products that he’s investing in and, perhaps the most interesting, how he analysis someone’s career path when looking to invest in them… and it’s not exactly what you would expect. Hunter Walk is a founder and partner at Homebrew. He also has extensive experience in product development and played a key role in making YouTube one of the internet's largest websites. This episode is brought to you by Gusto, making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for modern small businesses. Rocketship listeners get three months free at This episode is also brought to you by Airtable, which is the all-in-one platform for product managers. Rocketship listeners can receive $50 in credit by signing up at This episode is also brought to you by DigitalOcean, the cloud platform that makes it easy for startups to launch high performance modern apps and websites. Learn more about DigitalOcean and apply for Hatch at This episode is also brought to you by .tech, where you can secure your .tech domain name today. Rocketship listeners can receive a 90% discount on their .tech domain names by going to and using coupon code ROCKETSHIP.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Creating Loyal Customers with Dheerja Kaur of theSkimm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1614

What’s the best kind of customer? A loyal customer. Today with breakdown how theSkimm has built and maintained am excited audience of dedicated fans. Dheerja Kaur is the Chief Product Officer at theSkimm and walks us through how they keep their audience of largely female millennials (and Belsito) and the challenges of having a passionate audience scrutinizing your every decision.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How to tell meaningful product stories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1364

You may be tired of writing product stories and pitching product ideas that fall flat.  Here we break down how to tell compelling product stories by understanding the basic of storytelling itself. Jack and beanstalk may not be part of your everyday standups, but its the perfect way to breakdown the essential elements of a story. From screenwriter Michael Jamin to Product Manager and former Technical Director at Pixar, Josh Anon, we show you how you can use basic story writing techniques to better convey product ideas, initiatives and marketing. This episode is also brought to you by Digital Ocean, the cloud platform that makes it easy for startups to launch high performance modern apps and websites. Learn more about Digital Ocean and apply for Hatch at This episode is also brought to you by .tech, where you can secure your .tech domain name today. Rocketship listeners can receive a 90% discount on their .tech domain names by going to and using coupon code ROCKETSHIP.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Making Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1704

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings! or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I'll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that's exactly what we do. Why? In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people's priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn't mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention?  Today we explore John Zeratsky's and Jake Knapp's philosophy on Making Time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Product People vs Product Leaders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1538

Today, we’re going to dive into the concept of Product Leadership, and specifically the differences between Product People and Product Leaders. We'll go over proven methods to move up inside of an organization and common pitfalls to watch out for once you've been given the opportunity.  Here to discuss with us is Rich Mironov. Rich coaches product executives, product management teams and agile development organizations.  He also parachutes into software companies as interim VP Products/CPO to address company-level product/market/engineering/revenue issues.  A seasoned tech executive and serial entrepreneur, Rich has been the “product guy” at six start-ups including as CEO and VP Product Management.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Interview: Ash Maurya of Lean Canvas on Scaling Lean | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1907

Today we talk with Ash Maurya, the creator of the Lean Canvas and most recently the author of Scaling Lean. His posts and advice have been featured in Inc., Forbes, and Fortune and we're incredibly excited to share his insights with you on scaling through the lean methodology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Downsides of Data | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1471

On today's show we talk with Clive Thompson, the author of "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World." We discuss why Coders were such a focus for him, and given all the recent news about Facebook and our personal data, it wasn't hard to figure out why he has such an intense focus on them.  Data and surveillance are one of the biggest issues of our time. Product teams, product leaders, coders, designers, data scientists - these are the people that can help fix it. They are the people that can help move is in a better direction.   I hope you’re able to walk away from this today and feel comfortable that what you’re working on, what you’re bringing into the world, has a net positive impact for the greater good. You can check out Clives book on Amazon: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: Moving Forward (Season Finale) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1122

Well, we’ve taken quite a trip these past few weeks, haven’t we? This whole Blockland journey took us to quite a few places.  Starting outside of Cleveland, in places like Miami, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. Then into the boardrooms of Cleveland’s civic elite and to the Convention Center where Blockland’s Solutions conference took shape. Then the luxury car dealership where the architect of this whole thing makes himself at home. But, where does this journey take us all next?  Not just for the listeners of this series,  but the people in Cleveland who are on this Blockland journey? We’re going to try to figure that out today on the finale of this special series on Blockland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: Finding Bernie Moreno | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1182

As we drive along this nondescript suburban street -- dotted with your standard fare of KFC’s and Pizza Hut’s and CVS Pharmacies, it seems like most other main suburban neighborhood thoroughfares here in Northeast Ohio.   But as we pull in to the Mercedez Benz of North Olmstead dealership, I wonder to myself if everybody else knows that there’s something a little special to this place. I don’t mean the shiny glass structure itself or the ambient waterfall that cascades inside.  That’s probably par for the course for any luxury car dealership. But… do people know that hidden inside this bastion of classy automobiles sits the biggest advocate of bringing Blockchain to Northeast Ohio? I do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: Naysayers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1433

Today we’re going to let the skeptics speak. Today we’re going to hear from people who are doubting the initiative.  People who have questions. People who may not be buying into all that Blockland has to sell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: The Blockland Conference | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1377

As we're sitting here taking in the first ever Blockland Solutions conference, it’s pretty wild to see what’s unfolding.  To many, it might not be that mind-blowing. It really seems like… plenty of other professional conferences. It’s in a nice convention center.  The coffee and snack stations scatter abound. There are panels… and main-stage speakers. And a mix of suit-and-tie types and hoodie-clad, beard-faced technologists wandering around. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: Blockchaining Cleveland, Ohio | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1384

In the first few episodes of the Blockland series, we learned a bit about what the Blockland initiative was all about, why it started and who started it, and even rewound a bit to learn a bit more about Blockchain in general… and its impact on businesses. But today, we dive into Blockland, the initiative. There are so many tentacles to this so… it’s best you just buckle up and get ready… to enter… Blockland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Interview: Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger on Building an Encyclopedia on a Blockchain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1837

Everpedia is the world's largest encyclopedia on the blockchain. It's decentralized, democratic, censorship-resistant and offers a financial incentive for those participating in creating and editing content.  It also has a secret weapon. Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger joined the company in 2017, nearly 3 years after it's formation after spending much of his life pursuing a high-quality crowdsourced database of knowledge. Sanger said, "Everipedia is the encyclopedia of everything, where topics are unrestricted, unlike on Wikipedia." Today on the show we discuss the evolution of Everpedia, how building on the Blockchain creates a better encyclopedia and what challenges they will face by allowing financial incentives into the crowdsourced knowledge eco-system.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: A Brief History of Blockchain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1004

Blockchain is a system in which a record of transactions that are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network. It’s a database or public ledger that can be used in a whole multitude of ways.  And along with this overview of what it is, it’s probably useful to have a brief primer on the history of blockchain.   Blockchain technology was first developed by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the unknown person or people who developed bitcoin, it’s the pseudonym that authored the bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed bitcoin's original reference implementation. As part of the implementation, they also devised the first blockchain database. Blockchain, as an industry, grew out of the bitcoin ecosystem when it was realized that the underlying technology that operated bitcoin could be separated from the currency and used for all kinds of inter-organizational ways. Almost every major financial institution in the world is doing blockchain research at the moment. The term Blockchain was coined, in its modern interpretation, by Hal Finney in an email exchange with Satoshi in 2008. We'll cover this and more in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Blockland: Blockchain today | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1253

By now you’ve heard all the buzz, and criticism, of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. The constant fluctuations of the Bitcoin market. One minute it’s going to the moon, the next it’s tanking and will never come back. This isn’t a story all about Bitcoin, because as Bitcoin and it’s siblings Litecoin, Etherium and the thousands of other alt-coins that have come and gone over the years, the underlying technology, Blockchain, is becoming the real star of the show with Banks and Financial institutions around the world researching how they can best use this technology. But the ecosystem itself is still a bit odd. What Satoshi Nakomoto handed over the to the world of Cryptographic Cyberpunks in 2009, 10 years later has become a booming, albeit volatile, industry. There’s an incredible story going on right now in Cleveland.  But today on the show we’re going to take you behind some of the companies, governments, and communities elsewhere… all focused on Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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