Did you know that many of today’s most celebrated entrepreneurs have worked as Product Managers at some point in their careers? Here we share some of their insights and practical tips for developing trail-blazing products that consumers can’t get enough of.

 

Larry Page, Google co-founder, on forward-thinking innovation:

Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future. I try to focus on that: What is the future really going to be? And how do we create it? And how do we power our organization to really focus on that and really drive it at a high rate?

from a 2014 TED Q&A session with Charlie Rose

 

Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, on understanding what drives product success:

There is a classic thing in business, which is the second-product syndrome.  Often companies that have a really successful first product don’t quite understand why that product was so successful. And so with the second product, their ambitions grow….[and] they fail.

from the book I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words

 

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, on seeking feedback:

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

reprinted from Forbes

 

Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder, on the right way to make mistakes:

In Silicon Valley, we say if you haven’t tried something and failed, and actually learned something from that failure, then why would I want to work with you?

from a 2011 keynote address at the Conference of Nonprofit Communities of Hawaii

 

Michael Dell, Dell founder, on seizing opportunities:

Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.

reprinted from The Quotable Billionaire

 

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, on courage and creativity:

If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.

reprinted from 25iq

 

Steve Case, AOL co-founder, on authenticity:

Keep your eye on the prize and focus on your mission. Remember what you’re trying to do, what your value is, why it’s important, and at the same time, change course and direction. If the market’s telling you different things how are you going to adjust to that?

from an interview with Business Insider