20Product: The Arc Product Market Fit Framework | Why the Best Product People Actually Build Less Product | Metrics 101, Good vs Great Product Strategy and more with Vickie Peng, Product Partner @ Sequoia Capital

Posted on 17th April 2024 by Luca

Vickie Peng is a Product Partner at Sequoia and one of the co-creators of Arc, their company-building immersion programme for pre-seed and seed stage founders. Prior to Sequoia, Vickie was a product manager at Polyvore (acquired by Yahoo for $200M) and Instagram, where she grew SMB advertising from $200M to $1BN.

In Today’s Episode with Vickie Peng We Discuss:

1. Lessons from 15 Years in Product

  • How did Vickie make her way into the world of product?
  • How did Vickie turn a small side business into a massive revenue machine at TrialPay?
  • How did Vickie scale Instagram SMB ads to $1BN? What were her takeaways?
  • What was Vickie’s business model at Polyvore that eventually led to the $200M acquisition by Yahoo?

2. Early-Stage Founder Advice

  • What does Vickie believe are the biggest mistakes early stage founders make when telling stories?
  • Which 2 components does Vickie believe every great product mission should include?
  • How should pre-product-market fit founders set their north star metric?

3. Perfecting Product Strategy

  • What was Vickie’s biggest product mistake? What were her lessons?
  • Why does Vickie think the best product people build less product?
  • What is Vickie’s advice to product leaders starting their first day on the job?
  • What are the most common mistakes founders make when hiring product teams?

4. Product-Market Fit Masterclass

  • Why does Vickie believe product-market fit is a journey not a destination?
  • What are the biggest reasons founders fail to get product-market fit?
  • What are the 3 types of product-market fit?
  • How does Vickie advise founders to differentiate themselves in competitive markets?
  • What is Vickie’s framework for competing against incumbents?

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