7 fantastic podcasts for product people

Ivo Valchev
3 min readFeb 8, 2020


Recently I’m listening to a lot of product podcasts. And, unfortunately, like some Medium articles, too many times the title oversells the content. Still, podcasts are increasingly popular and a great way to keep up-to-date with the world. So, here’s a hand-crafted list of the 7 best podcast episodes I listened to in the past 3 months (out of literally dozens of dozens) :-)

7. Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome by fmr Mastercard PM

16 January 2020 | The Product School

“Kwame Odame, former Mastercard Product Manager, will be talking about his path from an Engineer to a PM, as well as feelings of being an imposter that may come with your transition. How to get your foot in the door when you already have an Engineering background and the benefits of having technical education when starting in Product.”

6. Stop that A/B Test (and do this instead)

19 December 2019 | Rocketship.fm

“Today we talk with Ben Foster the Chief Product Officer at GoCanvas and former product manager at Ebay. Ben has a wealth of Product knowledge and experience and today we discuss the topic of A/B testing and how he’s evolved his focus to be vision driven so that he doesn’t miss the big opportunities to solve customer problems. This was a hard learned lesson and we hear about his experience A/B testing features with moderate success and what caused him to shift focus.”

5. Overcoming Cognitive Bias

14 November 2019 | Rocketship.fm

“You’ve probably made a bad call at some point in your career, that’s ok. Today we’ll talk about ways to prevent it moving forward and how to recognize and avoid the many belief, behavioral, and social biases, which flaw much human decision making, in your role as product manager. Confirmation bias, authority bias, reputation risk, survival bias and sunk-cost fallacy are rife in organizational decision making and during customer and product validation. Today we will include examples and practical tips you can use right away.”

4. How to pivot your tech career and live a multi-hyphen life

15 January 2020 | Product Hunt Radio

“On this episode Abadesi talks to Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of multiple books and is the founder of Youth Without Borders. In this episode they talk about… * Her aspirations to work in Formula 1. * How she hustled her way into jobs. * Navigating engineering culture. * How she has successfully pivoted her career multiple times.”

3. Product Failures: Webvan

23 January 2020 | Rocketship.fm

“Business schools around the nation study Webvan’s overly ambitious rush to the biggest IPO to date in Silicon Valley, as a prime example of what to avoid doing while scaling.While it’s true that the impatience to go public helped steer Webvan off a cliff, the once darling company made three critical, but often overlooked mistakes when it came to revolutionizing home grocery deliveries. We’ll talk with Ben Foster about his experience leading product teams at Webvan.”

2. Cracking The Data Code — Mike Bugembe on The Product Experience

29 January 2020 | The Product Experience

“W. Edwards Deming wrote, “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” Product people hold on to this as a mantra — how else can we defend ourselves from random requests? — but we’re not always taught how best to use data. In this week’s episode, Lens.ai founder Mike Bugembe joins us on the podcast to chat about working with data scientists, and how best to collect, work with, and make decisions based on data.”

1. Tips for Building a Compelling Product Vision by Amazon Sr PM

7 January 2020 | The Product School

“Will Najar, Senior Product Manager at Amazon, will talk about his tips for building a compelling product vision. He will discuss how to come up with it without relying on luck or magic, and how to use a product vision as a mechanism to guide your team.”

Those are all great podcast episodes that I loved. And I’m sure you’ll find at least some, if not all of them, very useful.

Thanks, till next time. 😉

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