Entrepreneur Adam Geller on Learning Product Management

In Chapter 16 of 22 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, education technology entrepreneur Adam Geller answers "What Have You Learned About Product Management by Building an Online Education Platform?" Geller shares how relaunching the Edthena teacher coaching video platform was a complex challenge with many moving parts. To get the team to come for the product relaunch, Geller shares how instilling ownership in employees motivated them to successfully ship product.

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