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Should every developer tool follow product-led growth? with Prashant Sridharan (Tinybird)

Welcome to a new episode of the Developer-led Podcast! In this episode, we sit down with Prashant Sridharan, the VP of Developer Relations and Marketing at Tinybird, a real-time platform for data and engineering teams. With an impressive 25-year career that includes stops at Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, and AWS, Prashant shares his invaluable insights into the world of developer products and marketing. Let's dive into the key takeaways from our conversation.

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1. The Role of Developer Relations and Marketing

Emphasizing the need to combine advocacy and marketing efforts, Prashant believes in starting with advocacy to establish a strong presence and build a developer community.

2. Learning from Mistakes: Three Key Lessons

Reflecting on his career, Prashant identified three major mistakes:

  1. Not taking enough chances early in his career.
  2. Overlooking diverse input when developing marketing strategies.
  3. Failing to understand his team's strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

3. Honesty and Transparency in Developer Marketing

Prashant stressed the importance of honesty and transparency in developer marketing. He emphasized that developers expect truthfulness and that marketing should provide valuable information about a product's capabilities over time.

4. Should any Developer Product implement Product-Led Growth (PLG)?

Prashant offered a nuanced perspective on PLG, rejecting absolute notions. He highlighted how PLG can be instrumental for getting started with a product, especially for smaller teams or startups. However, he also advocated for a flexible approach, where PLG can evolve into enterprise contracts.

5. Introducing the ACES framework for PLG adoption

Introducing his ACES framework (Awareness, Conversion, Expansion, and Systems), Prashant guided companies through the phases of PLG adoption, from building awareness to nurturing expansion and developing measurement systems for success.

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6. Content, Events, and Paid Ads: Building Developer Engagement

Prashant emphasized the role of founders in driving customer and messaging discovery. Founders have the moral authority to lead these efforts, essential for achieving product-market fit. He discussed the importance of content creation to earn credibility and crafting messaging that resonates with the target audience.

7. The Power of In-Person Events

Highlighting the value of in-person events, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, Prashant underlined the importance of building relationships and networking in person. He also discussed how messaging evolves based on the company's stage and presence at events.

8. The Ever-Evolving Role of Messaging

Prashant explained how messaging changes over time and the importance of confidently communicating these changes to teams. He stressed the need for listening to customer feedback and incorporating it into messaging strategies.

9. Collaboration and Customer Feedback

Prashant recommended creating a central repository for customer feedback and meeting notes to ensure everyone in the company is aware of customer interactions. He underlined the importance of involving the entire team in the feedback loop.

10. Building Vision and Leadership

Encouraging leaders to build a clear vision for their products and bring the team along as they institute change, Prashant underscored the value of hiring great people and letting them excel in their roles.

To connect with Prashant and follow his insights, you can reach out to him on LinkedIn. In conclusion, Prashant Sridharan provides a wealth of knowledge and experience in the realm of developer marketing. His insights on the intersection of developer relations, marketing, and PLG offer valuable guidance for anyone looking to build and grow successful developer-focused products. Don't miss out on the full podcast episode to delve deeper into these valuable insights.

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Michael Tharrington

Great interview, Jonathan! Prashant is super interesting. 🙂