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7 Lessons from 7 Product Gurus: 1. Kenneth Berger - Intro

In this lecture, we introduce our first concept: defining success, and our first guest speaker: Slack ex/first PM Kenneth Berger.
Recorded Feb 1 2016 1 min
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    Kim Scott
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