This blog is about my experiences and growth a product manager in the technology industry in India.
[I used to blog as the "Desi Product Manager" at another URL, I plan to re-post some of these old posts here, after updating them]
I first started as a technical product manager, over a dozen years ago. I was a few years out of engineering college, and an opportunity opened in my organization (the former Lucent Technologies) for the role of a technical product manager. I remember being in two minds on whether to take it up, as I had also received my acceptance into IIM Ahmedabad for the two year PGDM. However, my manager graciously allowed me to work in the new role for a few months before leaving for business school.
For my summer internship, I joined Yahoo! for two months in Bangalore, where I saw product managers working on concepts, proposals, specifications and so on. Somehow, even though my project was primary market research, I was fascinated by the breadth of work that product managers seemed to work on. I guess my brief exposure at Lucent and Yahoo! got me attracted to product management.
I returned to Ahmedabad and started reading all technology and silicon valley related books in an attempt to understand this role some more. Given the emerging nature of this role in India, there was a lot of misconception on how product managers should work from India. This did not deter me, and I decided to join CA Inc. in Hyderabad, as a product manager after completing my MBA in 2007.
Since that time, I have worked as a product manager in many organizations. I currently work in Kronos as a product manager based out of Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Disclaimer: The views posted on this blog are mine alone, and my employers have nothing to do with this blog or its contents.