Kiran Prasad is the Vice President of Product at LinkedIn. He leads strategy and product development for the LinkedIn Consumer experience and Premium businesses, which provides LinkedIn’s more than 700 million global members with a unified desktop and mobile experience to help them advance their careers. He used to run engineering for the Consumer experience before switching into Product Management in 2017. Prior to joining LinkedIn in 2011, he was the Sr. Director of Applications at Palm, Inc. where he started and delivered webOS, Palm’s first Windows phone and was the tech lead for the original Treo.
Learning is incredibly fun and rewarding. You’ll never get everything perfect but if you continue to learn and grow as you build, its the closest you can get to perfection.
Building is the foundation of giving back to the world. Whether you are building teams, products, processes or systems, understand the long term, build for the mid term and ship in the short term.
Time is the fourth dimension that helps explain why something doesn’t make sense. If you can’t figure out why someone or something doesn't make sense, ask “How does time play a role in the situation?”
“Creative Confrontation” makes great products. Debates (especially heated ones!) are what push teams from building good products to building great products. I try to challenge assumptions (including my own), seek out differing opinions and confront them head on to push the boundaries of what our team can achieve.
Go big and take risks. My general rule of thumb is if people don’t freak out when I tell them a new idea, it’s not big enough. :)
The easiest way to build trust with me is simply do what you say you’re going to do. This is a two-way street, I expect others to hold to their commitments and I need to hold to my own commitments. If you can’t deliver on your commitment, tell me so we can figure out how to move forward together.
Data informed, not data driven. Always know your data, but never discount the importance of intuition. They don’t say “trust your gut” for nothing.
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Through my various blog posts and interviews, I hope to give people a sense of what it’s like to work with me. I’ve noted a trend towards others doing the same (e.g. Luc Levesque calls this a