#26 My fundamental value in life is growth – Vadim Pikarevskis

Vadim is a senior product manager at Omio, making sure people can conveniently book and enjoy their next trip around Europe. Vadim has been doing product management and product analytics for over 5 years between London and Berlin, working for onefinestay, Foodpanda and 8fit. Vadim started his career in investment banking at Barclays. He loves surfing, reading sci-fi utopias and making world a happier and more productive place.

Key Discussion Points:

[1:01] What is a product manager?

[2:16] The difference between an entrepreneur and a product manager

[10:15] What kind of problems do product managers solve

[16:30] How do you find the next problem to solve?

[22:53] Has your “fail fast and learn quickly” got you into trouble with
leadership?

[20:49] How to develop a data-driven mentality

[24:48] How do you get started learning to work with data

Interesting Quotes:

“I formulated the role of a project manager as: ‘You are someone who make the future happen’”

“I realized I wanted to actually be a changemaker.”

“You try to formulate the overall vision, where you want to go with your product within the area you’re responsible for as a product manager.”

“I usually follow this advice: ‘You can’t pick the company. You can’t even pick the industry. You pick the manager….”

“With every error that you make, you want to next step to be precise.”

“Eighty percent of the hypotheses that you are stating will be wrong. You need to accept that.”

“There is data, as in evidence, and there is technique to work with the data.”

“My fundamental value in life is growth.”

“I don’t have a dream position. It’s more about the work I do.”

“I really want more people to be obsessed about personal growth.”

“People are amazing.”

Book Recommendations:

Say It With Charts: The Executives’s Guide to Visual Communication: The Executive’s Guide to Visual Communication – Gene Zelazny
Island – Aldous Huxley
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
1984 – George Orwell
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy – Sadhguru

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