Category Archives: Business

Tell me About a Time you Disagreed with your Manager

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager David G was my manager for the majority of my time at Zillow. He and I disagreed on a range of issues. One specific time I remember was about the Local Market Explorer wordpress plugin. I’m not going to get into the super specifics here, but the disagreement was around strategy of accepting data integration of data providers in other verticals. What did we do to resolve the disagreement? Talked. We talked the issue through, each explaining … Continue reading

Describe what Human Resource means to you.

Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Describe what Human Resources means to you. Human resources means everything related to satisfying and growing your business’ largest resource/asset — humans. Without a happy, motivated, and passionate pool of employees, no business will thrive.

Which Amazon leadership principle do you resonate most with?

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Which Amazon leadership principle do you resonate most with? If I had to narrow them down, I’d say the four that resonate most strongly are: Customer Obsession — on a long enough time span, the customer always wins when it comes to technology. Winning the customer is how you win in business. Learn and Be Curious — life is dull and boring if you’re not learning. I constantly strive to surround myself with those who prioritize curiosity (and satisfying that curiosity with learning). Ownership — I believe strongly ownership … Continue reading

What is the worst idea you have ever had?

Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. What is the worst idea you have ever had? Buy My Wheels is my most creative (aka best) idea. What’s the worst? Besides some of my ideas for fun as a kid, I’d say my worst business idea was a WordPress platform to power websites for small, local businesses. There were numerous weaknesses in the idea — among them lack of distribution, creativity, and innovation. Bottom line: there were literally thousands of website competitors in every vertical.

How would you introduce AWS in an elevator pitch?

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. How would you introduce AWS in an elevator pitch? AWS is a way to rent server space/bandwidth for your web applications with the click of a button — bypassing the need to rent or buy physical servers.

What do you think is Amazon’s challenge right now?

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. What do you think is Amazon’s challenge right now? Focus. Amazon is so ambitious with their tentacles reaching into so many different industries — the biggest challenge has to be focus. The mission statement has been expanded several times and now reads “Our vision is to be earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.” That’s a lot to bite off, even for one of the largest technology companies in the … Continue reading

3 Things you Would Change in Amazon, and Why

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. 3 Things you Would Change in Amazon and Why With Amazon being the biggest tech employer in Seattle, it should be no surprise they are one of the potential employers I’ve digging into. I personally use Amazon to shop for household goods. Alexa is a daily habit for weather and music — and occasionally news. My Kindle is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made (thanks Andrew Mattie for prompting that purchase), and I purchase books every month or two using the Kindle Store. I’ve subscribed digitally … Continue reading