Ken is a partner at Google Ventures where he provides product and engineering support to more than 300 portfolio companies including Uber, Nest, Slack, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health. Prior to joining GV, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his years as a PM at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps.
Ken joined Google in 2006 with the acquisition of JotSpot, where he was vice president of products. Before JotSpot, Ken led product management at Yahoo. Back in the day when he was a software engineer, he was one of the first 50 employees of CNET and the founding CTO of Snap (which became NBC Internet).
Ken has written extensively about the craft of product management. His classic essay How to Hire a Product Manager became the playbook for a generation of PMs. He's also the reason donuts and product management have become synonymous. His favorite donut is the old fashioned.
Stuff I've written:
• Meetings that don't suck new!
• How to hire a product manager
• What to do in your first 30 days
• Communicating in color
• How to work with software engineers
• Leading cross-functional teams
• Climbing Mount Enterprise
• Babe Ruth and feature lists
• The time I flew on the Enron jet
• End software patents
• How to listen to customers