I Got 99 Problems – Learning From Jay-Z – Marc Abraham on The Product Experience "Product people - Product managers, product designers, UX designers, UX researchers, Business analysts, developers, makers & entrepreneurs February 02 2020 True podcast, Product Backlog, Stakeholder Management, Mind the Product Mind the Product Ltd 490 Marc Abraham on the Product Experience Podcast Product Management 1.96

I Got 99 Problems – Learning From Jay-Z – Marc Abraham on The Product Experience


Marc Abraham

If you listen to the end credits of the podcast every week, then you already know Marc Abraham’s voice – he’s ProductTank’s Global Coordinator, a co-curator of the Mind the Product conference, an author (of My Product Management Toolkit), and he’s got a day job as a Head of Product at ASOS.  What you might not know about him is that he’s a huge hip-hop fan, and has managed to combine what he’s learned from Jay-Z with how he approaches his daily practice.

Quote of the Episode

Look at Jay-Z; he’s tried a few things, a lot of things worked out, other things didn’t, but he’s still doing them – he’s still taking risks… he keeps learning, keeps experimenting, he will take losses as much as he will celebrate successes – and that, for me, is a strong product person.

Listen if you’d like to learn more about

  • Product Management methods
  • Experimentation
  • Stakeholder management
  • How to be persistent

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The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She has worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank in Bristol, the Product Managers’ meetup with regular events and talks on Product now with 800+ members and growing. Now the Product Director at Symec, Lily also runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.

A recovering music journalist and editor, Randy has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. After launching Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, Randy has worked with museums and arts groups, online education, media and entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Now a trainer, Discovery and Leadership consultant, he’s spoken at Mind the Product Engage (Hamburg and Manchester), the Business of Software, Turing Festival, a number of ProductTanks (London, Zurich, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, and Brighton… so far!) and at conferences across the US and Europe.

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