Under10's Steve Johnson had a nice chat with Eric Boduch at Pendo on various product management subjects. Listen to the discussion about teams, agile, purple squirrels, and qualities he looks for in product people.
Tom has started six companies since 1988, including WebSurveyor a pioneer in online surveys and two-time Inc. 500 award winner (2004, 2005). He's done it all, from writing code to running a sales organization, from begging VCs for start-up funding to IPOs, from an idea on a napkin to multi-million dollar product lines.
Having spent 30 years in technology, Tom sometimes thinks he's seen it all until someone comes along with a cool new product that makes life just a little bit easier. His early career was primarily mainframe based technical programming, followed by several years as a product manager for enterprise software vendors focused on client-server computing, and most recently (15+ years) in development, marketing, and executive roles for internet-based applications.
When away from the office, Tom likes to hang out at the beach or take long walks with twin yellow labs, Splash and Breeze.