Podcast Notes

20 Product


An amazing podcast on how to conduct product reviews.

Gyaan is from are product leaders of Robinhood, Apple iPhone iPod team, Airbnb and Adobe. Sort of a compilation of best advice.


  • Focus on: Who is the user? Are we doing this to retain or get new users? Who exactly are we targeting. What % is that? We are going to please everyone and please no one. (Kinda a loved this line)
  • What exactly is the problem we are trying to solve? What happens if we don’t build this?
  • What kind of feedback are you looking for in the product review? Is it on strategy or on the design feedback?
  • Also, how product executives' suggestions can be construed as directives. Hence, be clear about your suggestions and why you’re giving them to the team.

Joe Rogan


  • Modern struggle is to resist things which have a strong addiction on you. Like porn instant gratification reduces your libido and now you don’t want to go out to society or even video games. There are large factories of people working to make you addict and you stand alone. You have to learn to draw your boundaries and there is no one to help you.
  • Most powerful people today we those how are writing the algorithm for Google, Facebook and Twitter. Because they’re controlling the spread of information. (Their program manager have a huge role to play in how they world functions.) These people did the flow of information in the society and how people vote to form governments.
  • If you’re smart you should be able to figure out how to be happy. If you’re not able to do that you’re not smart.
  • We now live in a world where we’re connected to everything except ourselves. “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” — Pascal.
  • According to Pascal, we fear the silence of existence, we dread boredom and instead choose aimless distraction, and we can’t help but run from the problems of our emotions into the false comforts of the mind. The issue at the root, essentially, is that we never learn the art of solitude.At its core, it’s not necessarily that we are addicted to a TV set because there is something uniquely satisfying about it, just like we are not addicted to most stimulants because the benefits outweigh the downsides. Rather, what we are really addicted to is a state of not-being-bored.
  • Almost anything else that controls our life in an unhealthy way finds its root in our realization that we dread the nothingness of nothing. We can’t imagine just being rather than doing. And therefore, we look for entertainment, we seek company, and if those fail, we chase even higher highs.
  • The peace we look for in not peace of mind but peace from mind. When we look at pleasure like orgasm or extreme sports we are trying to stop our monkey mind from chattering.
  • In order to leave the competition trap is to be authentic. Society plays you for your creativity, something which no one else has.
  • Your real resume is cataloging your suffering. Life is real tuff and how well you’re able to handle it is how society rewards you. Interesting things you have done in life is around the sacrifices you have made in life. What you got free is something that is not worth remembering like your limbs, head, skin or money from parents.
  • Life is a single player game. Everything is going in your head what you believe in will shape your reality. World just reflects your own feeling, reality is neutral. The more you judge other people, more you distance people from you , the more lonely you become.
  • Happiness is a choice. You’re born you see lights, you hear voices and then you die. You have to condition yourself to the things you want in life. If you have a bad eating habits you have to fight yourself and develop eating good habits. Society pays you for the small fights you win over yourself in the long run, since they make you a better human.
  • Desire = Suffering. Choose your desires carefully. Don’t focus on more than one desire. Universe is rigged in such a way that if you want one thing you’ll get it but everything else you gotta let go.
  • Positive thoughts leave you mind in an instant. Negative thoughts liger in your mind for time. If you can find positive in negative things, those thoughts will disappear.


Cristina Cordova, Notion’s Head of Platform & Partnerships. Previously, she was the 28th employee and the first partnerships hire at Stripe, where she cultivated partnerships with companies like Shopify, Squarespace and Apple, built out the BD org, and led their new Corporate Card effort.

  • She talks deeply about principles been a key factor in her decision making. One of principles her team had that all partnerships should be profitable. So, when Stripe was small and she use to pitch to other companies about using Stripe, if the deal was not in profit, her team use to step away from it. For example: Squarespace had a partnership with Starbucks where they were processing payments at cost. At some point Stripe decided they didn’t wanted just a logo on a website and loose money.
  • Before first partnership meeting, CC use to learn everything about the other company to see how well can she align with that business and it’s needs. She also talk about been wary of companies which just talk about partnership to gain insight in your company.
  • CC use to go out and research about the other companies and see how Stripe would improve their customer experience. She use to go with wireframe and designs to these meeting and tell them how using Stripe will improve other company’s payment gateways



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