Top 10 Product Management Lessons

Written by Tod Sacerdoti, CEO and Founder of Brightroll
Steve Jobs - Product Management

The best CEOs are product leaders at heart and here are my favorite ten product management quotes of all time. Not surprisingly they all come from the mouths of product leaders at great companies.

  1. “You can either be a shit funnel or a shit umbrella.” (See TechCrunch)
    Todd Jackson, Facebook
  2. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas.”
    Steve Jobs, Apple
  3. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
    Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn
  4. “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”
    Jeff Bezos,
  5. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number details to perfect.”
    Jack Dorsey, Square
  6. “Nothing works better than improving your product.”
    Joel Spolsky, Stack Exchange
  7. “Sure what we do has to make commercial sense, but it’s never the starting point. We start with the product and the user experience.”
    Steve Jobs, Apple
  8. “If there’s one reason we have done better than our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business.”
    Jeff Bezos,
  9. “Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product.”
    Jonathan Ive, Apple
  10. “The utmost thing is the user experience, to have the most useful experience.”
    Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!
Thanks a lot to Tod Sacerdoti for contributing this post, originally published on