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Product Manager, Platform

West Coast, US (Remote)

Hi,

Matt Robinson here, co-founder and CEO of Spreadsheet.com.

I've written this job description as a letter because I think traditional job descriptions aren't always great at conveying what's truly important for success, and what the company is really looking for in a person beyond a checklist of accomplishments. Hiring is so important, even more so at an early stage company like Spreadsheet.com, and I want to make sure you have a good sense for what we're looking for before you invest time into connecting with us.

We're looking to hire our first Platform Product Manager. Someone who is unusually enthusiastic about playing a role in evolving the spreadsheet into something more than it has been for decades. Someone who obsesses over details of the user experience and who is determined to achieve butter in every part of the app:

"Butter is the term we use to describe interactions & experiences that are just so smooth.  Rich, easy, delicious.  Hard to define formally, but you know it when you see it / feel it."
- Nick Grossman

Someone who shares an appreciation for the the ubiquity, familiarity, flexibility, and calculation power of the spreadsheet. Someone who is also well versed in modern collaborative work tools like Notion, Asana, and Trello -- and workflow tools like Zapier. Someone excited to bring the world of spreadsheets and the world of collaborative work management together. Someone who can squint along with us and see the future of the spreadsheet as one of the next great enterprise software platforms like Salesforce or ServiceNow. Someone who understands that the only way to accomplish what we've set out to do is to be persistent and learn from our users every single day.

As Platform Product Manager you will work closely with Murali Mohan (co-founder and CTO) and me, so it would be ideal if you are in a time zone that is close to ours (Pacific). I'm in San Jose, CA and Murali is in Seattle, WA. Other than Murali, all employees in Engineering are in Hyderabad, India, so you'll need to be OK with occasional Zoom calls at odd hours to connect with dev.

A few things I think you'll need to be successful in this role:

  1. You have product management or product design experience. We're not looking for a specific number of years of experience, but you'll need to have a history that involves defining functional specs, working closely with development to define new features and enhancements, researching user behavior, and piecing together insights from product usage data.
  2. You have strong opinions weakly held. You are confident but open to questioning. You seek constructive criticism and know that successful product design often comes with hard to swallow feedback and multiple iterations. You insist on throwing away your work sometimes and starting over when it's clear that a better path exists.
  3. You are good with both words and design. You don't have to be eloquent, but  you are articulate enough to describe features and enhancements in written form so that they are clear to your colleagues. You don't have to be a great designer, but you are proficient enough with tools like Sketch for Figma to whip together designs that have enough detail for engineers to follow.
  4. You research what works in other products and have a good design intuition. You're creative in uncharted territory but defer to established UX patterns that have been proven to work at scale wherever applicable, rather than re-inventing the wheel.
  5. You enjoy talking to and learning from users. You find it fascinating to discover usage patterns and expectations of users, and folding these findings back into a product roadmap. You appreciate that the only way to truly understand how users are using the product and where they are getting stuck, is by directly connecting with them.
  6. You love what Spreadsheet.com is building. At a gut level you feel it.

We're looking for someone who wholeheartedly wants to join our mission to enable anyone to build spreadsheets as powerful as apps. If you've made it this far and you're fired up -- if you think all of the above applies to you -- please apply below and add a butter 🧈  emoji somewhere in your submission.

I really look forward to connecting with you!

Matt

P.S. We offer:

  • Full medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid family leave
  • Distributed team, remote work
  • Generous, flexible vacation
  • Flexible work hours

Our mission is to empower anyone to build spreadsheets as powerful as apps. That’s why Spreadsheet.com has the same familiar interface and features that hundreds of millions of spreadsheet users already know — but with a whole new set of capabilities that go far beyond traditional spreadsheet products.

If you’re as excited as we are about the future of spreadsheets and collaborative work, we’d love to hear from you. We’re funded by well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firms and looking for a diverse group of people with a passion for spreadsheets, a healthy penchant for questioning the status quo, and an eagerness for empowering people to create.