Ken is a Senior Operating Partner at GV where he leads investing operations and provides product and engineering support to GV’s portfolio companies. Launched as Google Ventures in 2009, GV is the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. Ken has worked closely with hundreds of GV’s portfolio companies including Uber, Nest, Slack, Stripe, Gusto, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health.
Prior to moving over to GV, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his years as a PM at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps. He 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 product managers. He’s also the reason donuts and product management have become synonymous.
Ken has a bachelor’s from Boston University and a master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he serves on BU’s College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. His favorite donut is the old-fashioned.
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“In the course of a decade, Ken Norton fundamentally changed the way you communicate, schedule and get around.”
“One of the most creative and encouraging thought leaders in the field.”
“One of those rare product managers who combines both product vision and a strong technical background.”