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29 Top Product Management Experts To Watch In 2021

Here’s a list of the top product management experts to follow on social media if you want insight into the production industry’s latest practices and innovations.

Top Product Management Experts

1) John Carter

John Carter is the Founder and Principal of TCGen, a consulting firm specializing in efficiency and innovation within the product development space. At TCGen, John has worked with technology enterprises such as Amazon, Apple, Fitbit, IBM, HP, Bose, and others in streamlining and scaling product processes, cutting time to market, and reducing costs.

Jonah is a member of the Cirrus Logic Board of Directors, and prior to TCGen, he founded Product Development Consulting, Inc and was Chief Engineer of the Bose corporation. John has also written a book entitled: Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Acclerating Product Development.

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Twitter: @jcarter_tcgen

2) Charles Du

Charles Du, or “Product Charles”, brings his former experience as a NASA engineer to teach people how to become irreplaceable product managers.

Charles designed NASA’s first iPhone app, Ticketmaster’s mobile apps, and the Airbnb for cars.

He was also recruited by Apple to teach mobile product management and UX design at schools all over the US and at WWDC.

He has taught 20,000+ students in 130+ countries, and his product management courses have been translated into 3 languages. Every Friday, he emails a knowledge-dense product management training video to his readers.

Twitter: @productcharles

3) Cliff Gilley

Cliff Gilley is a project management expert and consultant focused on Agile and Scrum product development methods. He runs a blog called The Clever PM, which offers an upbeat, accessible stack of regular tips, tricks, and hacks to help product managers become smarter and better at what they do.

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Twitter: @thecleverpm

4) Tim Herbig

Tim’s focus is on what he calls “holistic product management”. In Tim’s words:

“It is my mission to enable organizations to build better teams and help them build products which make a difference for their users and your business. I believe in the value of empathy not only for users, but for one another when collaborating in Agile environments. I’m convinced that true self-organization of cross-functional teams can only be built upon trust and given autonomy to democratize as many processes as possible around building products and organizations.”

Tim offers training and product management consulting, and he speaks all around the world.

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5) Chris Bolman

Chris’ maxim: Create strategies, messages and products that matter. He’s a marketing leader, strategist, progressive organizer, and the founder and CEO of Brightest.

He writes and produces a digital strategy newsletter. His blog is full of strategy resources for building great products, in line with his mission to share learnings and build community in areas like advocacy, activism, strategy, marketing, communications, product development and team-building. In his words:

“I think the ability to encapsulate, educate, and accelerate human possibility with empathy and technology is one of the greatest opportunities of our lifetime.”

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6) Dr. Jim Anderson

Dr. Jim Anderson is a well-known name in the product management industry. He runs a popular and longstanding blog called The Accidental Product Manager, “Home Of The Billion Dollar Product Manager Where You Too Can Learn To Be A Wildly Successful Product Manager”.

He offers fresh and compelling ideas about the nature of work in product management, peppered with his signature humorous twists.

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7) Daniel Zacarias

Daniel is a Portugal-based product consultant who walks the talk when it comes to quality.

His posts on his blog Folding Burritos are well-researched and thorough, attacking difficult or complex product management topics in exhaustive detail in order to break down concepts and get into the nitty-gritty of building products.

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8) Melvin Mughal

Melvin’s blog is focused on tech product management and building tech products, with the ultimate goal of helping and inspiring everyone who’s interested in product management and building tech products, from startups to enterprises. He comes from an engineering background but bases his PM advice on his 10+ years of technical product management experience

In his blog, he shares product managers’ guides, tips, and cases on how to handle specific or interesting (technical) challenges that most project management experts and product owners in tech encounter. Readers can find in-depth views on how to address product challenges and grow products.

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9) Eric Ries

Eric Ries is a household name, not only among product management experts but in the startup world as well. He is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology and the entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned

He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and has worked as a consultant with a number of startups, companies, and venture capital firms.

Ries has co-authored several books on topics like game programming and product development and has established himself as a thought leader in agile software development and user-generated content. 

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10) Ken Norton

A Google Ventures Partner and one of the key players behind products like Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps, Ken Norton is one of the most well-known thought leaders in the product industry and in tech and startup culture.

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11) Teresa Torres

Teresa Torres is a product coach who writes about user-centered, hypothesis-driven product development practices on her blog. Her body of work goes in depth on user research, experimentation, and how best to use data to make informed product decisions at a high level.

Teresa serves up straightforward advice in addition to exploring the big product questions that drive your customer research and business growth.

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12) Sachin Rekhi

Sachin Rekhi, Founder & CEO at Notejoy (a collaborative notes app for teams), offers his musings on product management experts and entrepreneurship on his blog. His readers enjoy a huge stash of over 150 essays where he imparts lessons he learned from over a decade in Silicon Valley.

Sachin sends out a monthly newsletter that’s a must-read for anyone interested in product management, startups, and entrepreneurship.

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13) Jeff Lash

Jeff is the Vice President and Group Director for the Go-to-Market Group at SiriusDecisions and he’s also the founder of the How To Be A Good Product Manager blog.

On his blog, he provides readers with a variety of resources and tips to help PMs adopt the best product management practices. While it focuses more on managing technical and online products, most of the concepts he covers in the blog are appropriate for broader product management experts.

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14) Shardul Mehta

Shardul’s blog revolves around the theme of “thriving in the urban jungle of product”. He started as a software developer, and then he went on to found two startups.

After that, he founded ProductCamp DC, which is now the largest product management community in the US mid-atlantic region, a group where product people learn from one another along with the world’s foremost product management experts.

Shardul has mentored at Startup Mason’s Innovation Lab and Lean Startup Machine and has helped dozens of product teams. He shares these experiences on his blog, writing with a realistic and down-to-Earth style about what has worked, what hasn’t, and why.

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15) Sue Raisty

In her blog “The Blog of Sue Raisty”, Sue shares a multi-dimensional perspective of work and life. Her blog draws from her experience as a coach and mentor to product management leaders, a former software engineer and IT consultant, speaker, teacher, and technical co-founder of a high tech startup.

Readers can find Sue’s thoughts on software engineering and product management as well as mid-life career changes, Silicon Valley, women in tech, adoptive families, big issues, raising kids, and more.

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16) Jeremy Horn

Jeremy Horn is an award-winning, product management veteran with 2 decades of experience leading and managing product teams. He has held a number of executive and advisory positions in online services, consumer products, and wearables.

Jeremy founded The Product Group and created the largest product management meetup in the world. He hosts the annual award for The Best Product Person and runs The Product Guy Blog.

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17) Dan Olsen

Dan is a well-known product management consultant, author of the bestseller “The Lean Product Playbook,” interim VP of Product, entrepreneur, community builder, and speaker.

In 2014 he founded the product-building community Lean Product Silicon Valley that boasts 7,000+ members.

He also founded a product management and lean startup consulting company that has helped well-known giants like Facebook, Box, PayPal, Walmart, and Medallia with their product strategy.

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18) Janna Bastow

Janna is CEO/Co-founder of @ProdPad (product management software) and Co-founder of @MindTheProduct (community and events for product managers).

Mind the Product is an international product community that has world-class training and workshops, a Slack group with over 23K members, and meetups in over 170 cities. She works with leading companies, mentoring them on building products within a budget.

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19) SC Moatti

SC Moatti founded Products That Count, one of the largest networks of product managers in the world. It has a community of over 20K product managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Moatti is also a technology visionary, entrepreneur, and investor. She is the founding partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that invests in companies building “products that count”—products that transform lives and create value at scale.

In addition to her investments in the Product community, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on business and technology, lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, and NPR. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also an award-winning bestselling author and the mind behind, “Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology.”

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20) Suzanne Abate

Suzanne is a PM coach and helps people launch and scale their digital products. She’s also the owner of 100ProductManagers. They provide free tools and advanced training, as well as a weekly podcast that interviews active product managers across LA.

She is also the owner of The Development Factory. The Development Factory team helps people develop and launch custom software products by providing them with temporary teams, expert advice, and product delivery methods.

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21) Martin Eriksson

Martin Eriksson is a Product leader, speaker, author, and advisor. With over 20 years in product management, he’s dedicated to sharing his expertise and connecting other product managers across the globe. He’s the founder of Product Tank, a global meetup for Product professionals with over 150K members. He co-founded Mind the Product, alongside Janna Bastow.

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22) Melissa Perri

Melissa Perri is on a mission to “help make Product Managers and their organizations awesome.” She does this through coaching, consulting, and training as Founder/CEO of Produx Labs. She’s also the creator and lead instructor of Product Institute, an online school for product managers.

Perri is well-known in the Product community as the author of, “Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value.” Her methods for “escaping the build trap” are the topic of her frequent speaking engagements at product conferences around the globe.

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23) Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. He also currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President for Creative Cloud. Belsky has authored two national bestselling books and created 99U—a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.

Belsky is passionate about empowering the careers of creative people. He’s an active advisor and investor in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design. He’s well-known as one of the biggest advocates for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people.

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24) Nir Eyal

If you’re in the Product industry, you know Nir Eyal. Product guru and author of the bestseller, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” Eyal is always sharing his learnings with the Product community.

When he’s not sharing through books or speaking events, he’s doing so through NirandFar, his blog about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. His projects help companies create behaviors that benefit their users. His ideas have been featured on popular sites like TechCrunch, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

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25) Julie Zhuo

Julie is Product design VP at Facebook and author of the bestselling book The Making Of A Manager. She hosts a monthly Q&A where she answers product related questions, and she has written a thoughtful collection of essays on her blog about design, building products, and observing life.

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26) Ryan Hoover

Ryan is the Founder of Product Hunt, the go-to site for product discovery and one of the hottest sites in tech.

Passionate for sharing ideas, Hoover has written over 150 essays and has been featured in popular publications like TechCrunch, Forbes, Fast Company, and The Next Web.

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27) Rich Mironov

Rich Mironov is a former product executive (Wayfarer, AirMagnet, iPass) who now writes, teaches, speaks, coaches, and consults on software strategy and product management. His blog predates the modern blog and was originally shipped as a newsletter. His book The Art of Product Management captures these early newsletter contributions.

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28) Marty Cagan 

Marty Cagan is a former engineer and product executive (eBay, Netscape). As the founder of Silicon Valley Product Group, he has a strong voice as a strategist, writer, consultant, and influencer. His pieces on product management are researched, reflective looks at all sides of product management, and he is never one to shy away from debates over best practices.

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29) Clement Kao

Clement Kao is a Co-Founder at Product Manager HQ, a community dedicated to providing career advice for aspiring product managers and experienced product managers. He’s written 60+ best practice articles and has been a featured speaker and writer for more than 15 different organizations.

Outside of Product Manager HQ, Clement is also a Product Manager at Blend, a San Francisco-based startup that partners with lenders and technology providers to re-imagine consumer finance. In the last three years, Clement has launched four multi-million dollar products, and he’s actively tackling new problem areas to unlock the next generation of multi-million dollar products.

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