Today, product-led pros answer the hardest hitting questions (truly, they're "stumpers"). And we find some good news amid the grim, which proves there's always opportunity amid a crisis.
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Dorsey's dough goes considerably far
The latest with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is gaining huge traction across the ‘net, as he took to Twitter on Tuesday to pledge $1 billion of his Square equity to something called Start Small LLC to fund global COVID-19 relief.
“After we disarm this pandemic,” he writes, “The focus will shift to girl’s health and education, and UBI. It will operate transparently, all flows tracked here.”
(He then links to a Google Doc—yes, you heard me right—of the breakdown of the financials.)
This one has my ears perked for multiple reasons. And within his Twitter thread, Jack answers all the questions we might have.
Why pull from Square (and not Twitter)? “Simply: I own a lot more Square,” he shares. And the impact this money will have should benefit both companies over the long-term, because it’s helping the people they want to serve.
Why UBI and girl’s ed? Because Jack believes they “represent the best long-term solutions to the existential problems facing the world.” (Agree with you on that one, Jack.)
Why the transparency? “It’s important to show my work so I and others can learn,” he writes. Jack says he’s discovered and funded many orgs with proven impact and efficiency in the past, mostly anonymously. Going forward, all grants will be public. And he says suggestions in doing so are welcome.
So why now? Here's Jack's full Twitter thread, if you're interested in checking out the full rundown.
The product-led hot seat
The Product-Led Growth Collective, if you aren’t familiar, is a community-driven resource—made for growth-minded folks, by growth-minded folks. Through it, industry leaders share insights, strategies, and lessons they’ve learned from their own paths to becoming product-led.
And the team is dropping season 2 of its interview series, Voice of the Product—and this one’s all about stumpers.
In it, they put eight product-led leaders—like Appcues’ Jonathan Kim, Darius Contractor from Airtable, David Apple from Notion, and Tanya Littlefield of Litmus—in the hot seat. And the results are worth a watch. Each episode consists of one question, with responses from behind-the-minds of these product-led pros.
Here’s a link to the trailer to get you pumped (and very likely make you chuckle).
My question to you is: What’re your thoughts on the product-led initiative? We have a special edition episode coming up featuring Wes Bush of Product-Led Institute, (also featured in Voice of the Product) and I’d like your thoughts on what you want to hear more about regarding product-led anything.
Send me your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A feel-good bit with Grace Gagnon
Grace here, popping in with some feel-good news.
And I’m feeling compelled to share a featured quote from Crisis Management Leader Judy Smith. Her words feel especially impactful during this unknown time. “There’s always an opportunity with crisis,” she says. “Just as it forces an individual to look inside himself, it forces a company to re-examine its policies and practices.”
So maybe, it’s all about perspective. This time alone to reflect, think, and create is sacred for the visionaries of the world. Capitalize on the emotions you’re feeling and the time you have.
You can also submit quotes from powerful women that you enjoy yourself.
Remember friends—we’re in this together.
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That’s a wrap on your April 9 episode of Recur Now. More goods for you here tomorrow.
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