Get hands-on learning the essential financial skills you'll need to succeed as a product executive.
As a product leader, you're not expected to be an accountant. However, finance is the common language at the C-suite and board. To succeed, you need fluency in relevant aspects of corporate finance. Without it, you won't be taken seriously. This class will expose you to the essential areas in a rigorous manner.
The class is a mix of lecture and structured exercises/cases based on real scenarios. We'll then constantly tie our financial analyses back to strategic product decisions. Ultimately this is a product leadership class, just with a focus on finance.
Class 1: Learn how an income statement tells a story and feeds into product decisions
Class 2: Best practices for modeling and communicating your analyses
Class 3: Revenue models and pricing
Class 4: Business valuation, differences in owner types, and why this is crucial for product leaders to understand
The classes themselves are 90 minutes, with an additional weekly Q&A session (optional) and take-home assignment.
The Q&A sessions are open-ended. Topics we've covered in past include:
- how these concepts can help you diligence a company you are thinking about joining
- differences b/w how these concepts might apply in startup vs scale-up vs large-enterprise contexts, as well as innovation vs product-improvement contexts
- real examples of how making a financial case enabled an important project to get approved
- how the concepts might be applied to a challenge someone in the class is facing at work
Mid-to-senior product managers who want to speed their path to a leadership role.
New product VPs who want to shore up gaps in their skillset and be more successful in the hot seat.
Design and engineering leaders who want to increase their influence over strategic business decisions.
Financial Fluency for Product Leaders
Jan 23—Jan 28
Tue, Jan 23, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
Fri, Jan 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC
Jan 29—Feb 4
Tue, Jan 30, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
Fri, Feb 2, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC
Feb 5—Feb 11
Tue, Feb 6, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
Fri, Feb 9, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC
Feb 12—Feb 16
Tue, Feb 13, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
Fri, Feb 16, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC
Giff Constable has coached hundreds of actual and aspiring product leaders as both a practicing executive and as a highly-rated teacher at NYU's Stern School of Business, Product Faculty, and also in private workshops to companies like Mayo Clinic, Priceline, Hearst, American Express, Steelcase, and many more.
Giff Constable was the Chief Product Officer at Meetup, the CEO of Neo Innovation, and VP of Product at Axial. He is the author of Talking to Humans and Testing with Humans, both core curriculum in university entrepreneurship and product programs around the world.
However, before all the product work, he was an investment banker at Broadview Jefferies helping tech companies sell or go public, and also led sales and business development at several startups. Along that journey, he learned how companies are valued, the importance of revenue model on product success, and how to use finance to make product, design, and engineering stronger inside an org.
We will NOT be meeting the week of USA's Thanksgiving holiday (Nov 20th). So the last week of the class will be the second week of December.
12pm - 1:30pm Eastern
90 minutes of hands-on, case-based learning and group discussion around one core topic.
For this cohort, classes will be held Oct 3, 10, 17, 24.
12pm - 1pm Eastern
A chance to meet with Giff and other peers in the cohort and dive deeper into anything covered in the Tues class and the take-home exercises.
The best way to learn these concepts is to do them. After each class, you'll be given a structured assignment. You'll receive detailed feedback from Giff after completion.