How leading product led to CEO: The three Rs

How leading product led to CEO: The three Rs


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I recently sat on a panel at the SaaSNorth conference in Ottawa. Sharing the stage with great Canadian tech leaders like Mallorie Brodie from Bridgit and Ralf Dagher from VEEM got me thinking about my transition from Product leader to the role of CEO.

One of the themes the panel covered was about how increasing responsibility and management within a product organization ultimately prepared me for the role of CEO. While there are certain CEO responsibilities that no one can quite be prepared for, like having the good fortune of debating valuations with investors, my product career, and the frameworks I used were incredibly helpful as I transitioned into my role as CEO of Ordway.