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The Product Book

How to become a great product manager

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Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
Hello @producthunt! Today you can get the digital version of 'The Product Book' for FREE on Product Hunt! 🚀-> https://prdct.school/TheProductBook & one lucky winner will receive a paperback copy! 📚 Many years ago, I moved to San Francisco with one dream: creating something everybody would love. Soon, I discovered that Product Managers were in charge of this creation processes. After a lot of effort and experimenting, I became a Product Manager. And, sometime later, a startup founder. In 2009 I co-founded NetDay, seeking to host events bridging young people with thought leaders. I remained captivated by the idea of expanding people’s visions of themselves. So I embarked another adventure: Floqq, a free online video courses platform learn whatever you wished, guided by experts in the field. Building Product School and expanding our Product Management courses across the world was just a natural step. But I realized that every day, I was giving product advice. And I was still learning. New colleagues, people in the industry, even our customers! They all raised challenges that required better systems, new methods and a whole rethinking of my product approach. The Product Book was born from collecting these experiences across the tech industry. It was built through conversations with senior level PMs from Google, Airbnb, Facebook, and Spotify. I do not claim to have discovered the only way to become a great PM. This was my journey. But I think many of you will benefit from the solutions I found to the obstacles I encountered along the way. In a way, I wish somebody had written this book for me when I first started. Read it for FREE here -> https://prdct.school/TheProductBook, share it and let me know what you think! I’ll be more than happy to listen and improve through your feedback and answer any questions that you may have. Carlos Villaumbrosia, CEO of Product School. @villaumbrosia
Gabriela A
@producthunt @villaumbrosia Hi Carlos! Thank you so much for sharing your product thoughts in one book! I got the hard copy a month ago and I will share the ebook with a great friend of mine that is entering the world of PM - Thanks for making it available on Product Hunt. 😀 Btw, I just saw on Slack you are going live today to answer product questions! Can you share the link? I'd love to join
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@producthunt @gzampino Hi Gabriela - Good to know that The Product Book was a great resource for you! And about the live chat, yes! Please, RSVP here -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-how-to-become-a-product-manager-ceo-of-product-school-tickets-50954166283
Pak chu
@producthunt @villaumbrosia
Hamza Foziljonov
@villaumbrosia I didn’t receive any email.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@uzeconomist Hi Hamza, I sent you a private DM!
Jake Levinson
@producthunt @villaumbrosia I never received my copy. Sent you a message via Intercom as well, but still haven't heard back...
Manuel Maccou
@producthunt @villaumbrosia I signed up but never received an email with the ebook
Roisi Proven
Not a fan of connecting via messenger to get the free book. You already have my email, do you really need my Facebook too? Put me off both reading or buying.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@roisiproven Hi Rosi 😃I appreciate your comment! We’ve found connecting with Messenger to be a quick and efficient way to deliver the book to those who want to read it. And since it’s free for supporters of this campaign, there’s no need to buy anything. No hard feelings if you think it’s not for you, but if you change your mind I’d love to hear what you think of the book!
Roisi Proven
@villaumbrosia You sent me an email telling me to go to messenger, why not just deliver it via email? You also then sent me marketing emails which I did not opt in to. As I'm an EU citizen this violates GDPR
Josselin Colletta
@villaumbrosia @roisiproven The messenger part surprised me as well. Did not click, went to see if any emails arrived, none. Not keen on being fished.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@josselinco Hi Josselin, thanks for pointing this out. You should have been sent an email with the book as well. I am talking to my developers about this right now!
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@roisiproven Hi Roisi, we send emails to people that opted-in in the past. You can easily unsubscribe from our Product updates - you can use the link at the bottom of any email you have from us. Also, we've heard your suggestions and we removed the Facebook Messenger step so you can get the book via email! We'll remove you from our mailing list. The PS team will miss you. Come back to us if you need any PM advice. Best!
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@josselinco Hi J, just to let you know that we've heard your suggestions and we removed the Facebook Messenger step so you can get the book via email! Feel free to get back to me with any PM question! I'll be glad to answer.
Roisi Proven
@villaumbrosia thank you for listening, I appreciate it :)
Anil Natha
The Facebook signup surprised me as well. Not needed if you already have our email. I didn't receive the book either via email after signing up. 😕 @villaumbrosia
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@anilnatha Hi Anil, 3 hours ago we removed the Facebook Messenger step! Are you still seeing it? We will check our database and send you an email with the book. Can you please confirm your email with me? Send me a private message, please! I am sure you will enjoy the book as much as we do.
Cristian Dan
nice, where's my free paperback copy?
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@cristiandan Hi Christian 👋 Thank you for your interest on The Product Book! Today we're offering the digital version (Kindle, PDF, etc.) for free so you can start reading right now. If you want the paperback copy, you will have to wait for our contest to finish. We'll let you know once we know the results. In the meantime, let me know about any PM questions you might have! I'll be happy to help!
Javi
Is this an updated version? The book has been out for quite sometime..
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@ios_javi Hi Javi! 😄It's great to hear that you already have a copy! Today, I'm launching the book on Product Hunt for the first time. In the past years, we've been working hard to develop the ultimate PM education, something that was clearly lacking. Now that the industry is catching up with our findings, I'm hoping that more people than ever will be able to use this resource and connect with the huge PM communities growing across the world. If you liked the book we’d really appreciate your support on this campaign. What was your favorite part of the book? Carlos
Nicolás Figliozzi
Hi. I never receive the email with the book, and the messenger link doesn't work for me. Please check you don't have a bug. Thanks.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@nicolas_figliozzi Hi Nicolás, we are checking our servers right now! Can you please send me your email via private message? In this way I can make sure you receive the book ASAP! We can't find any email containing "nicolas". Thank you!
Nicolás Figliozzi
@villaumbrosia Thanks, i send you a private message with my email. I think is a bug, hope you can solved it. And thanks for share this book free.
Siddharth Bharath
Love it! Really excellent guide to becoming a PM and a must-have for anyone who wants to explore this career path.
Olusesan Peter
Hi, I haven't gotten a mail yet. I'm really looking forward to reading your book
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@the_sesan Hi Olusesan, can you please share your email with me? Send me a private message and I'll send you a new email with the book. Did you check the junk folder? Thank you 😄
David Lyons
@villaumbrosia, So you collected my name and email address before telling me I have to connect via Facebook Messenger, which I can't because I don't have a Facebook account. So now you have me on your email list, but I didn't get the book. That seems like a really shady way to collect emails. 😕
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@lyonsinbeta Hi David, 3 hours ago we removed the Facebook Messenger step! Are you still seeing it? We will check our database and send you an email with the book. Can you please confirm your email with me? Send me a private message, please! I am sure you will enjoy the book as much as we do.
David Lyons
@villaumbrosia thanks for straightening that out. 👍
Gustavo Serra
I haven't receive the email yet.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@gustavo_serra Hi Gustavo, can you please share your email with me? Send me a private message and I'll send you a new email with the book. Did you check the junk folder? Thank you 😄
Matt Gardner
@gustavo_serra @villaumbrosia Same here
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@thatmattgardner Hi Matt, send me a private message and I'll send you the URL to get the book ASAP. Thank you 😄
Zhamal Zhanybek
Amazon #1 bestselller? I didn't see it on the Amazon list and I scout it pretty frequently. Also, didn't the book just come out? Feeling skeptical.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@zhamalzhanybek Hi Zhamal, we launched the book back in 2016. But today, I'm launching the book on Product Hunt for the first time. In the past years, we've been working hard to develop the ultimate PM education, something that was clearly lacking. Now that the industry is catching up with our findings, I'm hoping that more people than ever will be able to use this resource and connect with the huge PM communities growing across the world. If you haven't read the book let me know and I'll share it with you via email!
JoeLischka
@zhamalzhanybek @villaumbrosia You didn't answer the question about being a Amazon #1 bestseller. Were you really ever #1?
Huu Phong Nguyen
@zhamalzhanybek @villaumbrosia @joelischka There are many books today are #1 Bestseller 😆
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@joelischka Hi Joel, yes! Sorry that I wasn't as clear as possible in this matter. We were Amazon bestsellers for a long time. The book was launched back in 2016, you earn the bestseller badge after selling +30,000 copies. The badge comes and goes, and as far as we know it's related to your monthly Amazon sales performance which determines how relevant your book is. Let me know if you have more questions, I'll be glad to answer!
Abel A. Hernandez
Great foundation to start a roadmap. Also for reference!
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@abelpm_la Hi Abel! Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed the book - What was your favorite part of the book?
Abel A. Hernandez
@villaumbrosia That's a tough question but I would have to go with how the book goes into detail about setting up the foundation of the roadmap in the "Finding and Planning for the Right Opportunity" section. Every client is different and zeroing in on their Product goals (growth, revenue or user satisfaction) is key to get started on the right foot.
Josh Fechter
@villaumbrosia excellent work! Thank you for putting this together. I love reading your work. What you've build is truly incredible.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@joshuafechter Hi Josh! Your comment means A LOT. We use your growth hacking techniques every day at Product School! We hope you can release a new version of The BAMF Bible every year to keep us as updated as possible in this fast-paced world of digital marketing. 🚀
Branimir
Hey @villaumbrosia, I didn't received the book, can you help?
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@ivbran Hi Branimir! Sorry for the inconvenience. Did you check the junk folder? I just sent you a private message on Product Hunt so you can enjoy the book as soon as possible 😉
Pak chu
@villaumbrosia hey I am excited to read this book, but a digital copy was not sent. Pleaseeeee helppppp
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@pak_chu Hi Pak, send me a private message and I'll send you the book URL so you can start reading now. Thank you 😄
Pak chu
@villaumbrosia thanks!
Andy Yeo
@villaumbrosia Looks like this has happened to multiple people but thought I'd share so it helps your developers debug. 1) I still get the Facebook Messenger option - noticed that you had said you had removed that a few hours ago 2) I definitely didn't get an email - I tried multiple times and checked the junk mail folder 3) From a user experience perspective, let's say I'm not like most and I don't mind being on your newsletter / Facebook Messenger channel (because I already am) - it seems to break my user flow that this action doesn't sign me in so to speak or welcome me back as an existing person but welcomes me as a fresh user? If there's anything else that might be needed to get this fixed up, let me know - happy to help. Otherwise, would love to get a DM with the book! My email is just my name as per my Product Hunt profile 😃
Andy Yeo
@villaumbrosia Oh forgot to add. When I click on the Messenger button after I enter my email on the website, Messenger has the 'Get The Book' button. When I click that, it takes me back to Product Hunt. So effectively it's an infinite loop haha.
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@yeoa Hi Andy, you are the best for doing this! In fact, we were experiencing a high volume of requests and our system experienced some problems. Your suggestions were key to solve it yesterday! Thank you so much for collaborating. Also, I sent you a PM with the book! 😉
Hima Bharathi Adusumilli
I saw above that there is a slack group. Can somebody please add me to that product slack group? Also thanks for giving us free copies @villaumbrosia
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@hbadusumilli Hi Hima, you can join our Slack community here -> https://www.productschool.com/slack-community/
Artur Meyster
One of the most comprehensive guide out there on PM!
O'Qwy
This The Product Book is a very helpful resource for anyone who wants to become great at product management. There's something inside for everyone, irrespective of your level as a product manager. Always my first recommendation when asked by anyone. Well done @villaumbrosia, you out did yourself on this one 👏👏
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@onyezenwa THANK YOU O'Qwy! I'm glad this book was a great resource for you! 🚀
McKenzy Germain
I’m a bit late to this awesome party! @villaumbrosia — how long should it take to receive an email with a download link for the ebook? Just a heads up: 1. I upvoted and completed the fill-out form, but haven’t received an email. 2. I was also prompted to receive the book via messenger. After being redirected to messenger, I was not served a d/l link.
McKenzy Germain
@villaumbrosia — NVM. I had a quick conversation with your bot on messenger and was served a d/l link. 🖖🏿
Carlos Villaumbrosia
Maker
@mckenzygermain Hi McKenzy, I'm glad you could retrieve the book after all!! Nevertheless, I shared the URL via DM with you 😉 — Let us know what you think!
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