The SaaS Product Power Breakfast with Dave Kellogg and Thomas Otter

TSPPB: Dave interviews Aaron Kalb, Alation co-founder

July 22, 2021

 This show is with Alation cofounder Aaron Kalb.  Our topics: design, data, and disagreement in the context of product and product management.

Aaron serves as Alation’s chief data & analytics officer (CDAO) and before that worked as a designer and researcher in Apple’s Siri advanced development group after graduating from Stanford with a master’s in symbolic systems.

Questions include:

  • How do you synthesize data-led and design-led product management?
  • How did your psychology and software engineering background help you as a product leader?
  • How do you hire strong product leaders?
  • What was like for a product-oriented cofounder to hand-off the reins to an “outsider” (i.e., newly hired outside expert) product leader?