Shreyas Doshi is one of the best product leaders in the public sphere to learn from. So when he mentioned that he was launching a course on Maven, I immediately grabbed a spot in the first cohort. Here’s my summary of the course, the structure, key points, and overall opinion of whether it’s worth it.
In Summary (tl;dr)
The course is aimed at senior product managers or leaders. If you are just starting out, this course isn’t for you. It focuses primarily on designing your career. Shreyas has had an incredible career thus far (Google, Stripe, Yahoo, Twitter), and he lays out what he’s learned, the decisions made, how he thinks about choices, and some harsh truths that are probably too nuanced for Twitter.
Bottom line for me: this is a fantastic course to take if you’re in product. I’ve held senior positions for some years now, but always felt like I needed to plan my career and skillsets more intentionally, this course has given me a lot to think about and kickstart that process. I guarantee that for most product managers, you will get a lot of value from these two days with Shreyas.
But, anything new from Shreyas?
I’ve consumed a lot of content from Shreyas already, so I wasn’t sure what would be new here. But there was plenty, and one of the most important aspects of the course is Shreyas’ transparency about how he got to where he is — he shares everything from salary and equity, txt messages with recruiters, email exchanges on offers (all sensitive parts blocked out of course), and he shares his frustrations with himself and his experience. The level of openness throughout the course is refreshing, genuinely valuable, and one of the key aspects of the course.
This is what makes it feel like Shreyas is talking to his fellow peers in a humble but honest way. The kind of conversation you really want to have with somebody like Shreyas.
- Hosted on Maven, led by Shreyas personally, but with a team of four Maven moderators and ‘Sherpas’ assisting.
- It’s over a weekend, which is something I really liked. There’s no need to take time out of work, and on a weekend it’s more…