In the course of a decade, Ken Norton fundamentally changed the way you communicate, schedule and get around.”

Inc. Magazine

One of the most creative and encouraging thought leaders in the field.”

— Roadmunk

One of those rare product managers who combines both product vision and a strong technical background.”

— Jeff Weiner
CEO, LinkedIn

Ken is a partner at GV (formerly 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 moving 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.

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 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. His favorite donut is the old-fashioned.

Photo Credit: Dave Studer, 2016. Used with permission.