As a Manager
My management style is straightforward and build upon trust and transparency. I believe in giving feedback as needed, in-context. There should not be surprises in alignment or expectations. Not a believer in micro-management, but there is a time for deeper investment from me on specific projects if a direct report does not have high task relevant maturity (TRM).
Product Manager, Translation at TalkingPoints
July 26, 2021, Annie reported directly to GauravGaurav is an inspiring leader: he constantly strives to learn more and be better at what he does. He is a great strategist and analytics guru, making important decisions based on data and real-life customer stories. But not only is he passionate about product management, he cares about building and motivating his team. It’s rare to find a manager who truly wants to develop his team members and finds projects that challenge them and make them learn about their own strengths – Gaurav makes this a priority. I found his mentorship and detailed feedback extremely helpful for my personal journey in product management. To top it off, he shares his knowledge widely through his blog on Medium, which shows his leadership and deep passion for the field he is in.
Product Design Intern at Brilliant Smart Home
July 24, 2021, Carmelle reported directly to GauravI had the privilege of having Gaurav as my manager. He is an essential asset to any team with a unique ability to successfully communicate complex product strategy. He is incredibly humble, smart, passionate, and makes himself available at all times. I always felt like I had someone to turn to and have all my questions answered. Gaurav is the most down-to-earth person, who is also a joy to work with and brings a sense of security to the group. His knowledge of the product is overwhelmingly impressive and there’s no doubt his passion for his job shines through his work. During each meeting, he was fully engaged and provided necessary resources for every member to succeed in their project. As a manager, Gaurav challenged and pushed me to think outside the box, which ultimately made me grow as a designer. I hope to work with Gaurav again because he is a remarkable team-player and an extremely hard-worker. Any team would be lucky to have him!
As a Collaborator
In Product Manager, you can only succeed in guiding the ship if you collaborate and partner well with your stakeholders. Product Management does not mean that you unilaterally make decisions. Your decisions should be based on stakeholder feedback and weighing trade-offs effectively.
Being a dictator PM will get you no where in the long run.
Sr. Manager, Blockchain & Crypto
January 26, 2019, Gaurav was senior to Evan but didn’t manage directly
Gaurav was our product quarterback at Brilliant, where his talents for design and engineering were awe-inspiring. He re-architected our software, and acted as a change agent in a high-stakes, launch environment. His superpower was his high emotional intelligence. It enabled him to collaborate with a diversity of personalities, giving our team direction and focus. Our team learned so much from Gaurav, and I was especially impressed by his communication skills, ranging from product documentation to media relations. His results were extraordinary, and I’d jump on any opportunity to work with him again.
General Manager/CEO at Runtastic & VP, Mobile at adidas
September 24, 2018, Scott managed Gaurav directly
Gaurav is an incredible product talent – great strategic intuition, natural leadership, a willingness to get close to customers and partners, and the ability to roll up his sleeves and contribute directly to product roadmap, UX design, QA, pilot programs, and business initiatives. Within weeks of joining Brilliant, he had the product/design/engineering processes running like a machine, simplifying our tools and processes, and increasing collaboration. From that foundation, he jumped right into the product experience itself, with particular attention to onboarding and installation, as well as championing the analytics effort. His curiosity and passion are contagious, and he quickly became a favorite among engineers and execs alike. If you get a chance to work with him, I highly recommend it, and hope to do so again soon.
Vice President, Design at Khan Academy
March 9, 2018, Michael worked with Gaurav in different groups
For anyone who want to see what a model Product Manager looks like, get to know Gaurav. At Shopkick, I had the pleasure of watching Gaurav mature in his role from a Senior PM to that of playing the role of a GM for all of Shopkick’s revenue products, within the span of a year. During our time together, I worked closely with Gaurav in various capacities and found him to be a consistently thoughtful, strategic, and widely effective professional, who excels in driving user and business results by collaborating with his design, engineering, sales, and marketing counterparts. Gaurav has the unique ability to consistently ship great work, while also cultivating strong teams, who want to work with him. He is positive, thorough and completely even-keeled.
Taoufik El Jamali
VP, Product Led Growth
March 16, 2017, Taoufik was senior to Gaurav but didn’t manage directly
Gaurav joined shopkick as a Product Lead, but quickly showed that he was capable and interested in doing more. He hit the ground running, launching holiday campaigns in collaboration with the rest of the company to energize user growth and engagement within holiday season. As the lead for the ‘Purchases’ programs, with the team he significantly reduced the receipt submission error rate within the first few months of joining through a series of experiments and systematic analyses. Regardless of what he is working on, Gaurav is always thinking about Users and ROI. He understands that solving for all stakeholders is how the product will succeed long term. His impact by working closely with Sales teams and improving ROI methodology was well received and is an example. I look forward to working with Gaurav again.
Senior Director of Engineering, Zillow Group – We’re Hiring!
October 21, 2016, Gaurav worked with Sean in the same group
Gaurav is just awesome at what he does. He’s competent is every area of product management. From digging into the data to figure out why the metrics don’t line up to expectations or are blowing out earlier expectations, to coming up with novel ways to attack a KPI, I can’t say enough positive things about the time I worked with him.
User Experience Designer
October 11, 2016, Gaurav worked with alicia in the same group
Gaurav believes that teammates, who are mutually invested and empowered, create products that solve real user needs. I had the pleasure of seeing him put these values in action while collaborating together at Trulia. Over the course of a year, we collaborated on several features including the successful Rental Resume. Gaurav was always willing to discuss design decisions; sharing his insights into the business requirements without dictating design direction. When we wanted to test a couple of directions, he would setup an A/B test and help interpret the results. After observing user research sessions, we’d adjust design direction and make trade-offs together. Sitting with the engineers, we’d all balance the time, cost, and details of bringing a product to market. I appreciate how he makes decisions quickly and with transparency. I hope to have the chance to work with Gaurav again. Any company would benefit from Gaurav’s talent for translating customer and user needs into features, while empowering his teammates to define the exact shape those features will take.
Product Marketing at Unity Technologies
October 7, 2016, Gaurav worked with Dessy in the same group
Gaurav is an A+ product manager who has a rare combination of business acumen, analytical and technical prowess, and leadership. I worked on the same team as Gaurav for over a year as his product marketing counterpart. He guided Trulia Rentals through a series of complex projects, some of which went through major roadblocks that we would never have overcome without his vision and execution. He is a wizard with A/B testing and always puts the consumer experience first. Gaurav also goes far beyond his immediate scope of responsibilities as a product lead, able to run advanced data analysis and technical scoping without ever defaulting to a response of “that’s not my job”. Engineers and designers love working with him as he challenges their thinking without micromanaging or limiting their creative capabilities. I highly recommend Gaurav as an expert product lead.
Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer at Slingshot | Cheerfully Flexible
October 5, 2016, Gaurav worked with Chris in the same group
From the last two years that I’ve worked with Gaurav, he’s impressed me from Day One. Not only has he been a pleasure to work with, but he’s smart, analytical, determined, disciplined, and a leader. We worked together on many projects including Hyperlocal where we collaborated on product strategy before it entered the development cycle. He’s also great to laugh with and keeps it engaging and entertaining.